Ministry of Integration calls on Ukrainians under occupation not to let children go to schools

9 September, 11:07 AM
Iryna Vereshchuk (Photo:Office of the President)

Iryna Vereshchuk (Photo:Office of the President)

Ukrainians living in the temporarily occupied territories should not let their children go to schools, as Russians can use them as human shields, the Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said on Facebook on Sept. 8.

She pointed out that Russians have opened schools in the occupied territories and are trying to convince parents by any means that their children should study offline.

"All this is done by the Russian Ministry of Defense in collusion with local traitors and collaborators,” the official stressed.

“Their goal is to use the network of schools in (the occupied territories) as a human shield for Russian military equipment and personnel. Everything is quite simple, cynical and very cruel. I urge parents not to let their children go to schools for offline education.”

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She added that the best way out of the situation is evacuation to the government-controlled territories.

"If you stay in the temporarily occupied territories, sooner or later the Russians will use you as a human shield,” Vereshchuk said.

“Do not do it. While there is still an opportunity, leave.”

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine stated on Sept. 8 that the Russian occupation authorities had imposed strict restrictions on the movement of local residents between settlements in the Russian-occupied parts of Kherson Oblast.

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