Education International – Ukraine: A hotline for students and teachers from the Crimea

The Ukrainian education ministry has established a hotline for teachers and students from the Crimea who may find themselves Russian citizens after the referendum on 16 March. “We get a lot of calls from young people who are very worried about their future”, a deputy education minister told an Education International delegation visiting Kiev on 13 and 14 March. “We have asked our universities to open their doors for students from the Crimea who want to leave the peninsula to avoid waking up in another country”.

“The political relations in the world for the next decade may well be determined in the weeks to come,” says Fred van Leeuwen, EI General Secretary. “The annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Mr. Putin is a gross violation of international law, if not an act of war, which should not be accepted. We may be facing the most dangerous period of the last thirty years.” Van Leeuwen explains that the EI visit to Kiev was a show of solidarity with the country’s democratic movement and with Education International’s two member organisations in the Ukraine, the Union of Education and Science Employees of Ukraine (STESU) and the Independent Education Union (VPONU).

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Education International – Ukraine: A hotline for students and teachers from the Crimea.

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