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Public Anger from Romania Stops Ukraine from Printing ‘Moldovan Language’ Educational Books

Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science has announced that it has suspended printing “Moldovan language” textbooks after Romania expressed public anger at this, Ukrainska Pravda reports.

Previously this month, after a joint Government Meeting, the Romanian Prime Minister said that Ukraine now uses only the term “Romanian language” instead of “Moldovan language,” and all official decisions and documents will be prepared with account of this change.

Commenting on media reports that “Moldovan-language” textbooks were being printed, the Ministry of Education and Science said they had been approved for publication in May, and the main print run had gone to press in the summer before the transition to the term “Romanian language” had taken place. 

Today, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine has halted further printing of these textbooks. In addition, a mechanism has been developed for replacing previously printed copies with textbooks in Romanian.

Ukrainian Minister of Education

“Moldovan language” is an artificial term coined during the Soviet Union, although many supporters still support the “Moldovan language” in the Republic of Moldova.

We must mention that the law has not been changed to please the Romanian part or as a sign of gratitude for all the help Romania offered Ukraine during the last two years of war, but only to meet one of the criteria to join the EU. The European Commission asks each candidate state to eliminate discrimination, which is Ukraine’s first step towards this perspective.

Even so, there are still lots of issues to be fixed in the bilateral relationship, and the Romanian PM, Marcel Ciolacu, mentioned he would be pleased for the Romanian priests to be able to preach in Romanian inside the Orthodox churches in Ukraine.

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