MOSCOW, February 13 – RIA Novosti. The Ombudsman for the Protection of the State Language in Ukraine Taras Kremin reported receiving over 600 complaints from Ukrainians due to the use of the Russian language.
On his Facebook page, he noted that the overwhelming majority of requests concern the lack of a Ukrainian version of sites on the provision of services and sites for online stores, and some are related to “violation of rights, obstacles and restrictions in the use of the state language in the service sector.”
In addition, Kremin said that he had received information about the use of the Russian language by deputies of local councils in Nikolaev, Odessa, Dnipro and Zaporozhye, as well as a violation of language legislation in the field of education. Most of the applications were sent by residents of Kiev and the Kiev region, the ombudsman specified.
In the spring of 2019, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language.” The document provided for the creation of a special “linguistic commission”, as well as the introduction of the post of a commissioner for his defense.
The same law proposed to introduce exams for officials that determine the level of knowledge of the Ukrainian language, and to fine for violation of the law. The fine ranges from 5.1 thousand hryvnia ($ 184) to 6.8 thousand hryvnia ($ 245). The norm on the compulsory use of the Ukrainian language in the service sector on the territory of Ukraine came into force on January 16.