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 Filaret: Russia Wants to Destroy Our Language in Order to Destroy Our Country

Ukrainians need to stand up in defense of their native language, starting from correct education of their children.

In an interview before the All-Ukrainian Forum 'In Defense of Ukrainian Language and Statehood' the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine Filaret said: "It is strange that in XXI century we have to defend our native language." He also stated that every Ukrainian shall defend the language, thus defending Ukraine, its independence, and culture.

Elaborating on the 'defense' Filaret noted that firstly, Ukrainians have to speak their mother tongue and raise their children accordingly. Also the Patriarch added that education establishments need to conduct education in Ukrainian.

The government in their turn should defend the Ukrainian language, said Patriarch Filaret. "Because if it does not defend the Ukrainian language it should not be in Ukraine," he said. "Rusia wants to destroy our language. Why are they destroying it? To destroy the state of Ukraine," said the Patriarch and added that the Ukrainian power for various reasons "gives ground" to Russia.

 
 
 
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