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European rights watchdog raps Ukraine's language law

A European rights watchdog ruled on Friday that Ukraine's new law requiring state schools teach older children almost entirely in Ukrainian might be discriminatory. The explosive legislation has poisoned Ukraine's ties with neighbours Romania and Hungary in particular -- which both have sizable minorities in Ukraine. Much of Ukraine's southeast is Russian-speaking so the rule has also further inflamed relations with Moscow as a nearly four-year war against Kremlin-backed insurgents rumbles on in the east.
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