Policeman Fired For Insulting Ukrainian Language

world | Jan 27, 2011 | By RFE/RL 

KYIV -- A Ukrainian police sergeant has been fired after he was caught on video insulting the Ukrainian language, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The video, posted on YouTube on January 22, showed the policeman referring to Ukrainian language as a “cow’s language."

The driver asked the policeman -- who gave his name as Shvets -- if he did not like Ukraine's state language. The police officer replied: "No, and I'm not going to ever love it."

The Interior Ministry's press service said today the video was judged to be authentic.

The ministry said several of the sergeant's supervisors were also punished for "failing to properly train the officer." The punishments ranged from disciplinary reprimands to firings.

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