Amid Ukraine’s revolution, Bulgarian foreign ministry seizes on language law changes

The evening after a weekend that saw rapid changes sweep Viktor Yanukovych swept from power in Ukraine, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry issued a statement complaining about parliament in Kyiv repealing a law giving minority languages the status of regional languages.

The weekend of February 22 and 23 saw Ukraine’s legislature, the Verkhovna Rada, voting out Yanukovych as president, freeing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail, appointing new government leadership and overall conducting a rapid-running revolution.

In Western capitals, the moves were generally welcomed while Moscow hit out at the regime change.

Bulgaria’s foreign ministry, which before the weekend had welcomed a deal between the Yanukovych presidency and the opposition and had voiced support for EU targeted sanctions against the regime while adding that they should apply to “radical groups” in Kyiv too, remained largely silent in the face of the new developments, until the statement came out about the language law.

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