Ukrainian schools will hold lessons dedicated to illegal occupation of Crimea by Russia. This entirely new practice will start on February 26, said Emine Jeppar, Counselor of Information Policy Minister (Radio Liberty).
“The goal is to tell the schoolchildren about civil resistance of Crimea and to bust the myth about locals who allegedly supported the Russian invasion and annexation of the peninsula en masse”, Jeppar said.
The Ukrainian parliament recognized February 20, 2014 as the official beginning of Russia’s occupation of Crimea. As is known, Russia organized the so-called referendum in Crimea in March 2014. According to its results, almost 97 percent of voters supported Crimea’s “reintegration” with Russia. Though the poll was considered illegal and was not recognized by the international community, the Russian Parliament ratified the respective agreement. The Ukrainian Parliament ruled that on February 20, 2014, Russia officially started occupation of the peninsula.
Leading Western countries imposed sanctions on Russia for its illegal annexation of Ukrainian Crimea. The Kremlin denies the fact of occupation, saying it was "a step to restore historical justice".