December 11, 2023, 15:56

Ukraine should institute national policies to affect Russia’s minority populations – Ukrainian Armed Forces serviceman

The Russians are using national minorities group’s representatives, sending them to “meat assaults” in the war with Ukraine. It has been a common practice, in particular, when last winter clashes persisted around Bakhmut, and now the same situation is unfolding near Avdiivka. However, Ukraine, for its part, should influence the ethnic minority populations in Russia at the state level and convey to them the ideas of national revival and self-determination.

It was emphasized by Said Ismagilov, a serviceman of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, during a marathon at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform. 

“The enemy is using ethnic minorities to fight against Ukraine. It seems to me that we should formulate our own national policy affecting persons belonging to national minorities in Russia. We have to convey the ideas of dignity, the idea of preserving their language, culture, religion, national identity, national identity to the enslaved peoples of Russia,” he emphasized.

At the same time, Said Ismagilov noted that Tatar youth have already taken the initiative towards addressing this issue. He also stressed the need to embrace public policy to advance a new national association that will protect the national interests of Ukraine and broadcast the ideas of national dignity and national identity to the enemy, to the Tatars living in Russia.

“After the suppression of national consciousness in Russia, officials in Tatarstan and other regions belonging to the Tatar ethnic group are absolutely involved in the imperial, invasive ideas of Russia. There must be national forces of sound mind that will promote and spread the ideas of national revival and national self-determination to outreach the minority communities of Russia. I am very pleased that Ukrainian Tatar youth are now working in this direction. I hope that this initiative will be supported by the state authorities and Ukrainian national communities,” he added.

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