Pupils from Russia-occupied Kerch and neighboring region took part in new ceremonies highlighting the dangerous militarization Russia has done to Crimea and its attempts to indoctrinate young people and children, as Human Rights in Ukraine reported.
“During one of these ceremonies, children, some of them quite young, were initiated into so-called ‘military-patriotic clubs’ entitled ‘Young Friend of Border Guards’ (the border service being part of the Russian Security Service or FSB). The events were attended by the management of the Border Service; war veterans, city deputies and members of ‘Yunarmia,’ the youth army linked to Russia’s Defence Ministry,” the news agency reads.
Children were ‘sworn in’ as cadets to the Gryphon ‘Cossack military-patriotic club’ during one of the ceremonies.
“Russia began implementing its Strategy on education and upbringing of children back in 2014. This calls one of the tasks in education being “the formation in children of patriotism, a feeling of pride for their Motherland, willingness to defend the interests of the Fatherland, responsibility for the future of Russia based on the development of programs of patriotic upbringing, including military-patriotic upbringing”. As part of ‘Lessons of courage and patriotism’, children from one Simferopol school were taken to a Russian military unit,” the message says.
Besides, there are camps and “military-sport” games for learning the so-called patriotic awareness.
Russia annexed Crimea in March of 2014. Crimea is declared a temporarily occupied territory. Ukraine’s Parliament declared February, 20 of 2014 an official beginning of Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s occupation. On October 7, 2015 Petro Poroshenko signed a relevant order. The international organizations recognized Russia’s occupation of Crimea and condemned its actions. Western states imposed sanctions against Russia, which in its turn, denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a “restoration of the historical justice.”
After the annexation, searches are being conducted on the peninsula regularly, the population is being questioned. The human rights activists call is “a struggle against dissidence.”