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MP Buzhansky refused to switch to Ukrainian on one TV channel.

Jun 3, 2023

On May 31, MP from the Servant of the People party, Maksym Buzhansky, refused to switch to the Ukrainian language on the Kyiv TV channel. The TV channel published a video of the conversation with the MP on its YouTube channel.


The journalist wanted to discuss with Buzhansky his position on the establishment of May 8 as the Day of Remembrance and Victory over Nazism in Ukraine, as the MP said that he did not support the relevant bill.

On the air, the MP was greeted with the words "Glory to Ukraine". Buzhansky responded by saying: "Yes, Glory to Ukraine," instead of "Glory to the Heroes."

During the interview, the MP was asked to switch to Ukrainian because he was speaking Russian. To which Buzhansky replied that he spoke as he felt comfortable.

"Our state language is Ukrainian. And the state guarantees the free development of other languages. We have half of the country speaking Russian," the MP said in Ukrainian, after which he switched back to Russian.

Buzhansky argued that Russian is widespread in Ukraine and is spoken by some military personnel. After the discussion, he left the program.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov reacted on Twitter. He wrote that "the scum of the so-called Russian world" has no place not only on television but also in politics and Ukraine.

"All the pro-Russian bastards who have been raping and betraying the country for 30 years must and will be purged to the root and thrown out everywhere like toxic Moscow garbage," Danilov said.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 03/06/2023

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