English should be a mandatory second language in Ukraine to counter Russian aggression, says Secretary of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksiy Danilov.
His statements came during the all-Ukrainian forum "Ukraine 30. Culture, media, tourism" in Kyiv.
According to him, ensuring that the younger Ukrainians master English would be a guarantee of Ukraine's independence.
"Unfortunately, for 30 years we have not defined Ukrainian as a primary and fundamental language of our independence. And for 30 years we haven't paid attention to English, which should be a mandatory second language so that we are protected from the attacks we're suffering from on the part of the Russian Federation today," Danilov said.
According to Danilov, many Ukrainian politicians and presidents "flirted" with the Russian language, "digging a hole" in which they have found themselves today.
"And this is being exploited by Russia, which broadcasts its narratives here," he said.
The NSDC secretary added, kids must start studying English from pre-school years.