Kharkiv mayor comments on commissioner's decision to fine him over public use of Russian

26 November 2022, 01:28 PM
Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov (Photo:Ігор Терехов / Facebook)

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov (Photo:Ігор Терехов / Facebook)

Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov will continue to use Russian to communicate with Kharkiv citizens, though he will stick to Ukrainian in official communication, the mayor stated on Ukrainian national television on Nov. 25.

Terekhov was responding to a fine levied against him by Ukraine’s Language Ombudsman, which oversees the use of Ukrainian in government functions. The fine, amounting to UAH 3,400 ($92), was applied after the Kharkiv official made an official appearance using Russian – contravening existing regulations on government officials, who are required to stick to the language of government, Ukrainian, when acting officially.

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"I believe that today we have completely different issues,” Terekhov said.

“I believe that the most important thing for us today is victory. Officially, I will speak Ukrainian. As for my communication with Kharkiv citizens, I will speak Russian.”

He did not specify whether he would pay the fine for violating the language law. Terekhov has until Dec. 4 to appeal the decision.

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