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"The war is not over!" Beniuk's statement about Farion and the Russian language has angered Ukrainians

Ukrainians criticized actor Beniuk for defending Farion

Ukrainian actor Bohdan Beniuk, who defended former member of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and linguist Iryna Farion in the language scandal, has outraged society. Some Ukrainians agreed that Ukrainian citizens should renounce the language of the enemy, Russian, once and for all, while others advised against "splitting society."

According to many OBOZ.UA readers, the nation will need to be Ukrainized after the victory over the occupiers, and the Ukrainian military should not give up the language they are comfortable speaking. This opinion was expressed on social media.

Some readers were outraged by the fact that Beniuk and Farion made comments about the language to the soldiers of the Armed Forces.

"Guys who are defending Ukraine and speak a language other than Ukrainian, let them return from the front, and Farion will teach them the language." "Is he saying this from the front, like Farion? Let him go there first, and then we'll see. All such smart and brave people are safe at a distance," "In this case, let our guys go home to learn the language," "Well, let Farion and Beniuk and all their relatives mobilize and replace the Russian speakers," wrote OBOZ.UA readers.

''The war is not over!'' Beniuk's statement about Farion and the Russian language has angered Ukrainians

Other commentators stood up for Russian-speaking civilians in Ukraine, who allegedly find it difficult to renounce the language of the enemy. They pointed out that Iryna Farion and Bohdan Beniuk are "dividing society."

"Any physical parameters for measuring patriotism are outdated," "They are now agitating the people, and with such anger. This is very detrimental," "We must win and then address internal issues," "It is unrealistic for everyone to speak Ukrainian. It takes time. Intelligent people should understand this," "Do you know who needs turmoil in the country during the war?" "The war is not over," some comments read. 

''The war is not over!'' Beniuk's statement about Farion and the Russian language has angered Ukrainians

There were some Ukrainians who supported the actor's words. They expressed indignation at the "defenders" of the Russian language and supported their fellow citizens in their desire to completely eradicate the language of the enemy country, including on the front line.

"You chose to defend the Russian language, while Farion defends the Ukrainian language. A citizen is obliged to speak the state language. The Armed Forces are no exception," "That's right," "He said it correctly. Learn the language," Ukrainians said.

''The war is not over!'' Beniuk's statement about Farion and the Russian language has angered Ukrainians
''The war is not over!'' Beniuk's statement about Farion and the Russian language has angered Ukrainians

As OBOZ.UA wrote, Irina Farion's resonant statement that she could not consider Russian-speaking defenders of Ukraine Ukrainians caused a flurry of indignation on social media . The linguist was also sharply criticized by boxer Oleksandr Usyk, former Dynamo Kyiv football player Oleksandr Aliiev , and warrior actor Pavlo Aldoshin.

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