President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy named the condition for the opening of Russian schools in the country during an interview with foreign media, which was published on the website of the Ukrainian leader.
According to Zelensky, he is often asked how to resolve the issue with schools in other languages, including Russian. “I say – you just have to respect each other, and everything will be fine,” he replied.
The President added that there are many different schools in Ukraine, but the state supports Ukrainian educational institutions, as it is “logical”. “If you want a Russian school, let’s open a Ukrainian school in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tyumen, where many Ukrainians live,” he said. At the same time, Zelensky stressed that he often speaks Russian to show that “people speak as they want,” despite the fact that the state language in the country is Ukrainian.
In March 2020, Zelensky signed the law “On complete general secondary education”, which liquidated Russian-language schools in the country from September 1, 2020. Students from Russian-speaking families from the fifth grade will have to study at least 80 percent of subjects in Ukrainian. Russian training programs have been canceled.
On July 16, 2019, the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language”, developed by the government of the fifth president of the country, Petro Poroshenko, entered into force in Ukraine. According to the document, the Ukrainian language has become mandatory for state and local authorities, educational institutions, hospitals and the service sector.