Russia expands its children’s army in occupied Crimea

200 very young Sevastopol schoolchildren have been ‘sworn in’ to the Russian Defence Ministry’s ‘Youth Army’ [Yunarmia], a formation which has been likened to Hitlerjugend and other “formations in which young people became tools of totalitarian regimes in Europe” | detail

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The Crimean childhoods Russia ended in just a few brutal moments

The scale of repression and the number of political prisoners rose massively in 2017 and 100 children are now growing up without their fathers. Many were present when armed and masked men burst in to their homes and are deeply scarred by experiences no child should go through | detail

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Russian-backed Donbas militants are keeping 5 teenagers imprisoned on ‘sabotage’ charges

Five teenagers, as young as 15 when seized, have been held in captivity in the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] for well over a year.  Both the DPR militants and Russia made propaganda uses out of forced ‘confessions’ from the young lads immediately after their seizure, but appear to be simply holding them imprisoned | detail

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Russia to police history textbooks for ‘correct’ position on events in Ukraine & especially Crimea

Russia’s Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) has issued instructions to check out history textbooks for their coverage of events in Ukraine in 2013-14, with the main concern being Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea, which Moscow calls ‘the reunification of Crimea’. | detail

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Ukrainian Language Bill Facing Barrage Of Criticism From Minorities, Foreign Capitals

The wording of the Ukrainian legislation states that the language of instruction in the first four grades may be in a minority language. By grade five, however, only two or more subjects can be taught in any of the languages of the EU | detail

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Children taught to glorify war and the invader in Russian-occupied Crimea

Children waving machine guns or ‘thanking’ a monument to the Russian soldiers who invaded Crimea are more than tasteless Russian propaganda performances. Russia’s occupation of Crimea has brought not only political repression, but also war propaganda and the deliberate militarization of public awareness, with children particularly targeted. | detail

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Russia’s youngest victims in occupied Crimea urgently need support

A special charitable action took place in Kyiv on Dec 11 to raise money and awareness of the youngest victims of Russia’s mounting repression in occupied Crimea. | detail

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The Children Russia has Taken Hostage

While it is Russia’s imprisonment of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, Crimean Tatar leader Akhtem Chiygoz and others that gets reported, there are several times more victims, and many of them very small | detail

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First Russia jails a CrimeanTatar rights activist, then it comes for his children

Not content with jailing Crimean Tatar rights activist Emir-Huseyn Kuku in occupied Crimea, Russia is now terrorizing his children, using offensively cynical excuses. This is not the first time that the family has been targeted, and 9-year-old Bekir and his 5-year-old sister Safiyeka are terrified | detail

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Russia openly collaborates with Donbas militants on ‘teenage saboteur’ arrests

Two days after Kremlin-backed militants in Donbas released disturbing video footage of 7 young lads allegedly ‘arrested’ for acts of SBU-orchestrated sabotage, Russia’s Investigative Committee has become involved, but not, as you might have hoped, by calling on the Moscow-controlled militants to stop tormenting kids as young as 15 | detail

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Kremlin-backed militants ‘arrest’ teenagers as ‘Ukrainian saboteurs’

Militants from the so-called ‘Donbas people’s republic’ [DNR] have ‘arrested’ 7 teenagers and claim that they were blowing up civilian and military targets for Ukraine’s SBU [Security Service]. The reports, backed only by videos of the lads supposedly ‘confessing’, are chillingly similar to Russia’s recent claim that Ukraine had ‘attacked’ Ukrainian Crimea under Russian occupation. | detail

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Ukraine’s Grassroots Transformation of Education

The Center for Innovative Education, better known as or Pro.Svit, works to provide Ukraine’s teachers with tools for professional and personal growth | detail

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Russian FSB terrorizes Crimean Tatar school students in occupied Crimea

They look for ‘dissidents’ early in Russian-occupied Crimea. On May 27, the day before an exam, FSB officers turned up at a school in Feodosia to grill Crimean Tatar 9th grade students on possible ‘incorrect’ thinking. | detail

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Fascists And Evil Americans: Ukrainian Separatists Launch Magazine For Kids

A ruthless cookie-baking overlord named Fashiston dressed in the colors of the American flag. An evil woman named Gnuland handing out treats to masked men controlled by a pig-headed Ukrainian. And a kind, well-dressed man called Papa who has a striking resemblance to Russian President Vladimir Putin. | detail

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Ukrainian & Crimean Tatar pushed out of schools in Russian-occupied Crimea

18 months after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, not one class of the over 18 thousand children beginning school on Sept 1, will be with instruction in Ukrainian. Even in traditionally Crimean Tatar schools, tuition is now in Russian or Crimean Tatar, with Russian predominating | detail

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Kremlin-backed militants to teach their own ‘history’ in schools

In schools within the territory of the so-called ‘Luhansk people’s republic’, students will study “the history of the war in Donbas and the emergence of the Republic”. School students will unfortunately be unlikely to critically assess a narrative in which the villains are supposedly a ‘Kyiv Junta’ full of anti-Semitic radicals whom the leaders of the ‘republics’ dismiss as “pathetic Jews” | detail

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Children of Donbas: adopted, abandoned, used for propaganda

345 children from the Donbas and Luhansk oblasts have been adopted since 2014. this reflecting an increase undoubtedly due to the military conflict. Evacuated children’s homes in areas under militant control are filling up again, and the chances for those children’s adoption appear to be nil. | detail

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Crimean orphans lose chances for adoption under Russian occupation

Crimean orphans are being forced to take Russian citizenship. Many have lost the chance to be adopted or to live in a more family-pitched environment with the system of adoption built over many years being destroyed | detail

Visits 2395

Donetsk National University to be moved after seizure by militants

The education ministry is currently looking for appropriate premises which would be suitable for moving the university following the seizure of its main building by Kremlin-backed militants | detail

Visits 2626

Armed militants wage offensive against Donbas universities

Attempts to seize control of the universities in Donetsk and Luhansk are continuing with the Kremlin-backed militants not always aware what is studied in the institutes they burst into with machine guns | detail

Visits 4352

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