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KIEV, July 7. /TASS/. The parliament of Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada, registered on Tuesday a bill banning the use of words ‘Rus’ and its derivative ‘Russia’ in the official name of the sovereign territory of the Russian Federation.
Member of the Ukrainian Radical Party Oxana Korchinskaya, who initiated the bill, claims that lexical units ‘Rus’ and ‘Russia’ are the definitions for the historical territory of Ukraine.
"Until the contemporary times the territory of present-day Russian Federation has never been called by foreign sources or local residents as ‘Rus’ or ‘Russia’," an accompanying statement to the bill, posted on the official website of the Verkhovna Rada, said.
The bill seeks to ban "using the historical name of the Ukrainian territory as the name or synonym for the Russian Federation."
The accompanying statement also said that "the aim of the bill is to restore the historical and social justice, to protect the historical and cultural heritage of the Ukrainian people, as well as to consolidate and develop the Ukrainian nation, its historical consciousness, traditions and culture.".