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President pledges to raise status of Ukrainian language

The president met diaspora representatives in Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the unity of Ukraine and consolidation of Ukrainians as a modern political nation is his main priority and that the Ukrainian language plays an important role in that, according to Interfax-Ukraine.

"The status of Ukrainian language as the only state language will be filled with real content, but with respect for the rights of ethnic minorities. The events of the past two years showed that they stand firmly on the positions of Ukrainian state patriotism. The state should value that, and we value that very highly," Poroshenko said during a meeting with representatives of the diaspora in Kyiv on Monday.

He told the owners of Ukrainian television channels that the share of the Ukrainian language on Ukrainian television is very small.

"I would like to publicly tell the owners and top managers of some television channels: ladies and gentlemen, your share of the Ukrainian language is unacceptably small," Poroshenko said.