2008-06-16 14:58:00

Orthodox community of Ukraine calls authorities to put an end to "pushing out tactics" regarding Russia's Black Sea Fleet

Moscow, June 16, Interfax - The Union of Orthodox Citizens of Ukraine called the country's authorities to put an end to actions which plague relations with Russia.

"We, the Union of Orthodox Citizens of Ukraine, demand that the Ukrainian government authorities put an end to the tactics of pushing the Russian Black Sea Fleet out of Sevastopol, which has already caused inevitable worsening of relations between our brotherly peoples who share common faith and common ancestors," reads the declaration adopted at the Union's regular meeting in Kiev and sent to Interfax on Monday.

The authors of declaration regret that "Ukraine is turning into a Russophobe state, which commonly tramples the rights of Russian and Russian speaking population by limiting teaching in Russian, restricting broadcasting in Russian, limiting the use of Russian language for official and business communications, including courts and notary office."

According to the Union of Orthodox Citizens of Ukraine, Russian speaking regions in the South-East and other parts of Ukraine are pushed towards "forced Ukrainization, and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is being constantly violated."

"Together with other social and political forces, we will use our best efforts to seek for the state status of the Russian language," the declaration reads.