Presidents Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko addressed to current head of state Petro Poroshenko request to declare 2018 as the Year of the adoption of the state language.
“I appeal to you with request to support the initiative to declare 2018 as the Year of the adoption of the state language. With unshakable firmness contend that this step will strengthen the Foundation of the Ukrainian state in such a turbulent time in our history, will contribute to the consolidation of society and show our foreign partners our confidence and assurance in their own ideals,” reads the letter.
The President said that the announcement of the 2017 Year of English Ukraine has brought significant results.
“In the context of a hybrid of aggression against our country, jeopardizing the integrity of its territory are extremely important unifying factor to counter this is the adoption of the state language in all spheres of public life throughout Ukraine”, – say the leaders of the state.
The presidents expressed hope that Poroshenko will support the process of strengthening of positions of state language in all institutions of government and in all public space of Ukraine.
November 10, 2017 appeal to the President Petro Poroshenko with a proposal 2018 to be the Year of the adoption of the state language was signed by 178 MPs. On 17 November he was supported by the Committee on culture and spirituality Verkhovna Rada. And then – 36 of writers, scholars and artists.
January 26, the corresponding appeal to the President was signed by 74 leading Ukrainian human rights activists, scientists, writers, artists and publishers. In particular, the Chairman of the all-Ukrainian Committee to protect the rights of political prisoners, Stepan Khmara believes that the language will strengthen Ukraine and will make you stronger. The founder of the Ukrainian Helsinki group Levko Lukyanenko stressed that the question of language cannot be ignored, especially in situations of military aggression against Ukraine.
Oksana Zabuzhko has supported the initiative and wonders why the years of other languages in Ukraine was held, and the state – no. The artist and publisher, Leonid Andrievsky convinced that the announcement of 2018 as the year of the adoption of the state language will facilitate the publishing of Ukrainian literature.
The idea of the proclamation of the Year of adoption of the state language was supported by the world Congress of Ukrainians and the Initiative group “Pershoho Grodna”. They sent to presidential Administration the letter with the reasons of the proclamation of the Year of adoption of the state language.