As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nyshchuk said at a Cabinet meeting.
The minister earlier said at a TV show that the residents of the Donbas had no genetic background.
Asked by the journalists why it was hard to find a Ukrainian book in the Donbas, Nyshchuk said: "The developments in the east and south (of Ukraine - Ed.) created a culture gap. Moreover, when we talked about the genetic background in Zaporizhia, in the Donbas - the residents were massively brought to these cities. There is no genetic background. They were deliberately populated. Cherkasy is the glorious land of hetmans and Shevchenko. The population of the city of Cherkasy itself is ecdemic. Why? Because they were afraid of Shevchenko's spirit. It was a technology widely used in the Soviet Union."
The Culture Minister clarified today that he was talking exceptionally about strengthening the cultural dialogue in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
"The historical and cultural projects have long been underfunded. In this vein, I said that spirituality was being formed. But everyone was stung by the words "genetic background". I sincerely apologize, if they hurt someone. I did not mean to offend someone. I only meant that it was necessary to pay more attention to the cultural dialogue and exchange," Nyshchuk said.
The minister said that he was going to hold a press conference today (Nov. 23) at 4 p.m. during which he planned to once again apologize and explain what he had in mind saying that the residents of the Donbas had no genetic background. He added that he was absolutely adequate and tolerant person while racist views were foreign to him.