Kiev’s launching a Russian language newspaper project in Donbass is a clear sign that the forceful ukrainisation policy has been a failure, according to LPR Writers Union head Gleb Bobrov.
Kiev’s Russian language newspaper project shows Ukrainisation policy failure - writer
Ukraine’s Information Policy Ministry announced a tender for the publication of Donbass-Inform, a Russian-language newspaper for circulation in Donbass region.
The project is part of the measures to implement the law “On the peculiarities of state policy on the restoration of the state sovereignty of Ukraine over the temporarily occupied territory of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine” (the so-called Donbass reintegration law).
It is planned that the eight-page newspaper will be published twice a month with a print run of 250,000 copies and delivered free of charge to both Kiev-controlled areas of Donbass and DPR and LPR. Ukraine’s Deputy Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Georgy Tuka claimed that some 80,000 copies of Donbass-Inform were circulated in Lugansk in 2017.
“The project to establish a propaganda newspaper in Russian shows the failure of Kiev regime’s “derzhavnoi movnoi politiki ,” Bobrov said.
He added that in the fourth year of the war even the hardliners of the Ukrainian propaganda machine realised that the Ukrainian language was unwelcome in the Russian-speaking areas of the country and that its forceful propagation only caused resentment and anger in local population.
Bobrov said that Tuka and local Ukrainian officials lied about the circulation of 80,000 Donbass Inform copies. It’s just another embezzlement scheme; the print run costs some 60,000 hryvnas, or slightly more than $2,000. Overall costs include delivery expenses which raises project spending by two to two and half times.
“Monthly disbursement amounts to a least $10,000. “It’s not a big sum, but a welcome addition to the income of local politicians such as Tuka,” Bobrov said adding that the weak point was that Ukraine could not circulate the newspaper in the territory it did not control.