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Ukrainian party leader asks BBC to speak Russian instead of Ukrainian in Sevastopol

The Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine leader Natalia VITRENKO insists that BBC journalists should use Russian instead of Ukrainian language while addressing people in Sevastopol.

Vitrenko told that during her online conference on November, 18th 2010.

“I am convinced that in the city of Russian glory Sevastopol where everyone speaks Russian, a journalist must also use Russian having respect to the local community”, she said.

Prior to this, BBC correspondent Alexandr SHTALTOVNYI has asked Mrs Vitrenko a question in Ukrainian at the press-conference and was given a dressing-down in response.

According to Ukrainian population census of 2001, more then 90% of Sevastopol citizens called Russian their native language, while Ukrainian is native for less then 7% of citizens.

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