The authorities of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk and Kherson regions have granted Russian the status of a regional language in line with the Parliament-approved law, granting Russian the status in the areas where it is a mother tongue for at least 10% of the population.
This decision was made on the basis of the law adopted by the Ukrainian Parliament ‘On the Principles of the State Language Policy’.
According to this law, Russian is granted the status of a regional language in those parts of Ukraine where it is native to at least 10% of the population, which is in 13 out of 27 Ukrainian regions. The law came into effect on the 10th of August.
Local authorities have already made Russian a regional language in Odessa and Sevastopol, as well as in the Donetsk, Zaporozhye and Lugansk Regions.