Russian will become the main language for “all issues of state importance,” said the deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, appointed in April. Ukrainian, according to him, will not be banned
The Russian language, along with the Ukrainian language, will receive the status of the state language in the Kherson region, RIA Novosti said. Deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the region Kirill Stremousov. According to him, Russian will become the main language for office work, communication and “all issues of national importance”, it will be taught in schools.
At the same time, Stremousov assured, the new authorities are not going to ban the Ukrainian language. “[We] are not going to somehow play some language stories. <…> We will not infringe on anyone's rights,— he said, adding that Ukrainian classes can be formed in schools at the request of parents.
In addition, Stremousov noted that a large community of Crimean Tatars lives in the Kherson region, and at a meeting with its representatives, “the expediency of giving the status of the state Crimean Tatar language, as is done in the Crimea,” will be discussed. (Crimean Tatar, Ukrainian and Russian— the state languages of the Republic of Crimea, according to its constitution; in accordance with Article 68 of the Constitution of Russia, the republics have the right to establish their own state languages, they are used along with the state language of the Russian Federation).
The Russian Ministry of Defense reported on the capture of Kherson under control a few days after the start of the military operation in Ukraine. On March 15, control was established over the entire territory of the region. Later, a military-civilian administration was created there; Stremousov was appointed deputy head at the end of April.
After that, Russian TV channels began to be broadcast in the region, Russian currency was used, and lessons were taught at school using Russian textbooks. At the same time, at the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured that there was no question of the occupation of the country's territories and that Moscow recognized the right of all peoples to self-determination: “We consider it important that this right” the right to choose— could use all the peoples living on the territory of today's Ukraine. Anyone who wants it».
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On May 11, Stremousov announced his intention to turn to Putin with a request to annex the Kherson region to Russia. In response, the speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, pointed out that only residents of the region can make such a decision. The Secretary of the General Council of United Russia spoke about this as well. Andrei Turchak, during a visit to the Kherson region, who at the same time declared that “Russia is here forever.” In turn, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin considered that the region has great prospects and will take its rightful place in the “Russian family”.
On May 23, the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region announced that the Russian ruble was introduced in the region , and all non-cash payments in the region will be made only in this currency.
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