Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov publicly criticized President Volodymyr Zelensky for the violent Ukrainization of the population.
The politician was outraged by the fact that about 21% of voters are ready to vote for the current president. Mykola Azarov called on everyone who supports Volodymyr Zelensky to “use their brains”. This is especially true for citizens who live in the southeast of the country.
“What did he promise you about the Russian language? And what did he do?” The ex-prime minister wrote on his Twitter page, hinting at the politician’s election promises to protect the Russian language. According to Azarov, no Russian-speaking Ukrainian should vote for Zelensky.
The language bill was passed in 2018. According to the document, the only state language in the country is Ukrainian. All attempts to establish multilingualism at the official level are regarded as “violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order.”
From January 16, 2021, a norm on the mandatory use of the official language in the service sector began to operate in Ukraine. All suppliers in the country are required to provide data on goods and services only in Ukrainian. Violators face heavy fines.
Note that before the presidential elections in 2019, Vladimir Zelensky called pressure on the Russian language unacceptable. He has repeatedly stressed that the languages of other minorities cannot be oppressed. “They will see and understand that this is an information war,” the politician explained then.