Living standards or English-language passports? Ukraine invests in the latter

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November 19, 2015 – 

Novorossiya – 

Translated for Fort Russ by J. Arnoldski

“Pushilin: You can’t eat the English language”

Replacing the Russian language with English in Ukrainian passports will not improve the standard of living of the population of Ukraine, the official representative of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, stated.

Pushilin commented on the language switch in Ukrainian passports which was endorsed by President Poroshenko. “If this is meant to be an improvement to some extent of the standard of living of Ukraine’s citizens, then this proposition would have been submitted for consideration to the Verkhovna Rada. But, unfortunately, it’s not,” the representative of the DPR emphasized.

The head of the National Council of the Republic drew attention to the fact that this initiative has nothing in common with patriotism, but is just another gesture of the leadership of Ukraine against Russia. “If this had anything to do with love for Ukraine, then Poroshenko would first and foremost pay attention to the standard of living of the citizens of Ukraine and their social security,” Donetsk News Agency quoted Pushilin.

He stressed that the language change in passports is “simply a nationalist initiative,” which will require enormous financial investments off of which the Ukrainian government will once again profit. Pushilin added that, in his opinion, Ukraine “could spend money in better  ways.” 

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