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Leaders in the Soviet Ukraine made a concession to growing nationalism, announcing plans to make Ukrainian the official language. Preceding talks called for Friday to found a Ukrainian Popular Front movement, they published a language bill similar to laws in the Baltic republics and in Moldavia. The Ukrainian bill is intended “to rectify the current situation where the native language of the bulk of the population is emasculated and more and more rarely used,” the Tass news agency said. “We have been pushing this issue for a long time, but until now, officials were very cool about it,” Vladimir Chernyak, a member of the Soviet Parliament, said.


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