Ukraine Independence 2017


PictureLuc Jacobs,
Ambassador of Belgium in Ukraine


On August 24, the day when Ukraine celebrates its independence, my place is of course in Kiev.

But I would like to congratulate Promote Ukraine with this meaningful initiative! 
The Ukrainian language deserves to get out of shadows and to be studied and taught in our regions more and more. The academic and cultural exchange between the Dutch language area and Ukraine or the exchange in terms of trade and investment is a good reason for that.

I am particularly grateful to the author Niels Smeets, Slavist of the KU Leuven, for his work, because it allows Dutch speakers to understand the richness of the Ukrainian language using their native language.

Moreover, the fact that this grammar is put in a fresh and attractive Ukrainian design makes it an aesthetic experience for anyone who will take it in hands.
August 2017