Second language in Ukraine should be English, not Russian – Danilov

The only state language in Ukraine should be Ukrainian. The second language to be studied from kindergarten should be English.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said this in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda online media outlet.

“The issue of language is very important and fundamental for the state. We cannot have a second language, like Russian, not because it does not need to be studied or known. If we are talking about Ukraine, there must be the only state language – Ukrainian,” he said.

“Should there be a second language in Ukraine? Of course, it should be. But it should be English, which will be studied starting from kindergarten. All citizens of Ukraine, if we want to live in a civilized world, should know and use English. This is a mandatory thing,” Danilov noted.

As Ukrinform reported, on October 3, 2019, President Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Oleksiy Danilov as Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

(c) Ukrinform

4 comments

  • “All citizens of Ukraine, if we want to live in a civilized world, should know and use English. This is a mandatory thing,” Danilov noted.”

    Let’s wait for the whining to begin. Russia will be accusing Ukraine of calling Russia uncivilised, which is fine by me.

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  • англійський масон

    Good choice Dani.

    A great big two fingers up to the swamp.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Definitely. Maidan and Poroshenko did more to replace Russian with English than the Ukrainian language legislation. Russian language is the past, English is the future. Tech language, business language and political language is mostly English, the international language. We might remember this from 2015:

      “In a country bifurcated between two languages, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has decided to focus his country’s attention on yet a third—English. The new year marks the launch of a presidential decree defining 2016 as “The Year of English Language in Ukraine,” calling for a series of actions to promote English across social, political, and educational fronts. Beyond simply its linguistic purpose, the decree is strongly aligned with Ukraine’s post-Euromaidan efforts to forge a new identity and sunder its longstanding association with the Russian Federation.

      The decree was signed by Poroshenko in mid-November 2015, although he had previously taken measures to emphasize the importance of English for Ukraine’s integration into the European community.”

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