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 "There should be no Russian language," – Ukraine’s Infrastructure Minister calls to get rid of "Soviet heritage" in Ukrainian airports


Ukrainian airports need to get rid of the Russian language and communist era names.

As reported by Censor.NET citing 112 Ukraine TV channel, this was stated by Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Volodymyr Omelian.

The minister stressed that this applied not only to the Boryspil international airport but all the airports across the country.

All information that can be found on the arrival and departure boards, signs, and markings or is voiced via loudspeakers at the Ukrainian airports must be in Ukrainian and English, he said.

"There should be no Russian language. It's not just a matter of the official language - it's a question of self-esteem first of all. The employees of the airports should use Ukrainian or English while speaking to passengers," Omelian said.

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The minister added that the names of companies and facilities were to be changed under decommunisation program as well.

"This applies even more to Ukrzaliznytsia [Ukraine's major railway carrier - ed.] since a number of railroad stations still bear Soviet names. But if there is a terminal, a warehouse, or even a café with a Soviet trace in its name in an airport, it must be renamed before Dec. 1. This is the matter of principle," he said.

Omelian intends to request all the airlines involved in aviation operations in Ukraine to use English and Ukrainian only as well as transliterate Ukrainian names with roman letters.

The Infrastructure Ministry is going to submit a relevant initiative to the government.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n410853