Ukraine accuses Russian soldiers of “kidnapping teachers and burning books” in Kherson

Vladimir Putin’s soldiers are kidnapping teachers and burning books in Russian-occupied Ukraine, according to Kyiv.

Russian occupiers are reportedly trying to force school principals in captured areas like Kherson to teach pro-Kremlin material.

According to the plans for the new school year, classes must be given in Russian, and certain historical events are not taught in detail, including Holodomor, the famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the 1930s. The deaths were the result of Joseph Stalin’s agricultural policies.

However, it appears that Ukrainian teachers are opposed to the changes and have therefore been targeted.

“She [the Russians] are making arrests in the Kherson region for teaching the Ukrainian school curriculum and burning Ukrainian books. It’s barbaric in the 21st century,” said Education Minister of Ukraine Serhiy Shkarlet.

Speak with The timesMr Shkarlet claimed that soldiers “take teachers, detain them for several days, torture them and then release them”.

A school damaged by Russian shelling in Orikhiv, Zaporizhia

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Mr Shkarlet added that teachers have taken significant risks to ensure their students have access to Ukrainian resources.

“I am proud of my educators, they are definitely war heroes in our country. You not only taught, but saved, protected and guarded children. Teachers were often the first to provide psychological support,” he told the newspaper.

By early July, nearly 2,000 schools across Ukraine had been damaged by Russian shelling, according to Ukraine’s Education Ministry.

The department said this week that 41 percent of Ukraine’s educational institutions will open their doors next month. They are in places where the security situation allows for in-person tuition, Mr Shkarlet said. Ukraine accuses Russian soldiers of “kidnapping teachers and burning books” in Kherson

Dais Johnston

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