` PM Yatsenyuk Pledges ` Special Status ‘ for ` Russian Language and Decentralisation ‘ of the Power Base’

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – April – Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has pledged “special status” for the Russian language and a broad decentralisation of power in a bid to defuse pro-Moscow protests sweeping the east of the country.

In a joint TV address on Friday, Yatsenyuk and acting President Oleksander Turchinov called for national unity, urged people to refrain from violence and said they would support constitutional change, decentralising more power to local councils, including over their official language – a key demand of Russian-speakers.

“We will accord special status to the Russian language and guarantee to protect it,” Yatsenyuk said, adding that “major” constitutional reforms would also see a raft of powers handed to the regions.

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