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    Ukrainian lawmakers voted in favor of establishing a 75-percent quota for television programs and films in the Ukrainian language on Tuesday.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — With 226 votes needed for a majority, the bill gained 269 votes in the 450-member Verkhovna Rada.

    "Establish that the share of programs and/or films in the Ukrainian language for national-category TV and radio broadcasting organizations should be at least 75 percent during the day at each of the time intervals from 07:00 to 18:00 and from 18:00 to 22:00," the bill's explanatory note reads.

    Moscow has said that it views the Ukrainian government's forced Ukrainization and the renunciation of the Russian language as "linguistic genocide."

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