Fists fly in Ukraine over use of Russian

center_img More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn on Friday said the brawl had “completely destroyed” the legislative process and called for new elections. But most parties do not support an emergency poll, because regular elections are set for October.The bill would allow the use of the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other official institutions in the regions where Russian-speakers make up more than 10 percent of the population. Pro-government lawmakers, who draw their support from the Russian-speaking south and east of Ukraine, say it will allow people living there to use the language of their preferences.Opponents of the bill say it will stem the development of the Ukrainian language, by creating no incentive for millions of Ukrainians to learn and use it.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories last_img read more