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Poroshenko Signs Law on Ukrainian Language Quotas for Television

© REUTERS / Valentyn OgirenkoUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine May 14, 2017
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine May 14, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Tuesday that he had signed a law on the Ukrainian language quotas for TV programs and movies showed by Ukrainian broadcasters.

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KIEV (Sputnik) – The law demands that at least 75 percent of programs and films must be broadcast in the Ukrainian language.

"That was your [media representatives’] initiative and proposals, which were only supported by me. The lawmakers worked perfectly and I had a great pleasure and honor to sign [the law]," Poroshenko said, as quoted by his press office.

Ukraine has been revising its language policy since the overthrow of former President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. The new political course includes boosting the Ukrainian language as the expense of the Russian language, which is a mother tongue for millions of Ukrainian citizens.

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