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May 30, 2019

On July 16, 2019 the Law of Ukraine "On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language" (2704- VIII) will come into force. The law was adopted to ensure the implementation of the Concept of State Language Policy, approved by the Decree of the President of Ukraine of February 15, 2010 No. 161/2010 "which defines strategic priorities in overcoming the deformations of the national lingvo-cultural and lingvo-informational sphere caused by the long-term assimilation policies of colonizators and invaders and, according to which the full functioning of the Ukrainian language in all spheres of public life throughout the country is a guarantee of preservation of the identity of the Ukrainian nation and strengthening the state unity of Ukraine "(quote from 2704-VIII).

Report from the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) (summary of the report) marks the unprecedented pace of degradation of ecosystems on our planet. In particular, it is stated: "The health of the ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever (in the modern observable history - editor's note). We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide." The undeniable fact is that the reason for this is the excessive human impact on the ecosystems due to overpopulation in many developing countries (Ukraine is not affected by this problem) and overconsumption in developed countries.

According to the current Ukrainian legislation, the Identification Committee on Science elected 12 members of the Scientific Committee (SC) for a term of 4 years in the framework of the replacement of members of the SC, whose term in office expires on August 9, 2019. SC is an integral part of the National Rada on Science and Technology under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and has advisory and controlling functions, in particular with regard to the National Research Fund, which is currently in the process of formation.

On May 8-9 the World celebrated the victory over fascism in Europe in the World War II. To remind, the “fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical, right-wing, authoritarian ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and strong regimentation of society and of the economy” (citation from Wikipedia ). Ukraine in this war suffered the greatest human and material losses, not only because of the actions of the German army of Hitler, but also as a consequence of Stalin's Soviet terror of the 30's, aimed in particular against the talented administrative human resources, and further poorly managed actions in their abscence.

On May 14-15 in the National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” was held a first ever contest of defense technologies in Ukraine. The aim of the contest was to bring bring together manufacturers of defense products and potential developers, including engineering schools of universities and academic institutions. Among the organizers of the contest were the concern "Ukroboronprom", the Central Research Institute of Arms and Military Equipment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Science Park "Kyiv Polytechnica" and other organizations. Too many selected finalists of the contest (32 projects from 43 total) give a reason for an alert. This may indicate a possible inefficient use of funds or a purely formal tender for funding. As far as it could be understood from the information on the NTU KPI web-site, only the representatives of its organizers were included in the expert commities of the competition, which could interfere with the objective evaluation of the projects.

The Day of Slavic Writing and Culture was celebrated on May 24, on the day of honoring memory of Cyril and Methodius - brothers-creators of the Slavic alphabet. To remind, Belarusians, Russians, Rusyns, Ukrainians, Czechs, Kashubs, Moravians, Poles, Silesians, Slovaks, Sorbs, Bosniaks, Bulgarians, Croats, Macedonians, Gorani, Montenegrins, Serbs, Slovenes are considered Slavs (although the list can be different in different sources). Together these nations compose, according to the opinion of some scientists, the largest ethno-linguistic group in Europe.

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