In the temporarily annexed by Russia Crimea, the number of classes with Ukrainian language of instruction in two years of occupation was reduced to 31 times from 875 at the beginning of 2014 to 28 in 2016. This is evidenced by published by the office of the Parliament Commissioner for human rights the results of the monitoring, which was conducted by the Crimean human rights group.

The report also provides data created by the occupiers “of the Ministry of education of Crimea”, according to which the number of pupils on the Peninsula, students in the Ukrainian language decreased from 13589 people in 2013 to 371 in 2016, that is, 36 times.

Human rights activists also note a significant difference between the total number of Ukrainians in Crimea and the number of children identifying themselves as Ukrainians consider Ukrainian their native language. If, according to the Russian state statistics service, in 2014 in the occupied Peninsula lived 344515 persons of Ukrainian nationality, the census data carried out by Russia in the Crimea in the same year, saying only “18706 school-age children identificeret themselves as Ukrainians.” A number of Crimean schoolchildren, calling Ukrainian their native language, in 2016 amounted to 3950 people, says the report of the Crimean human rights group.

Source: the Crimean human rights group

At the same time, this information about the people of Ukrainian nationality in the Crimea observers consider “biased”, as indicator of the number of Ukrainians on the Peninsula is “significantly undervalued,” explaining that many living there are Ukrainians forced “to avoid open displays of their own ethnicity” not to become the object of persecution by the invaders or victims of crimes of hate.

See also: human rights: the Ukrainian language in the Crimea – the language of resistance

“However, even the reduced figures of the census do not refute the claim that a 28 classes on the whole Crimea is sorely insufficient to meet training needs in their native language 4 thousand children, who are carriers of the Ukrainian language,” according to human rights activists.

Source: the Crimean human rights group

The report also presents calculations of the security of the Crimean students classes with native languages of instruction, according to which children – native speakers of Russian provided such classes on 111,3%, Crimean Tatar – 33.9%, Ukraine – by 15.5%. Even worse the situation looks, if the calculations take into account the nationality of the students, noted the Crimean human rights group: children-provided Russian classes with native language learning on 137,4%, Crimean Tatars – 25.2%, Ukrainians – 3.2%.

19 April 2017, the international court of justice in the Hague has decided to introduce measures under the claim of Ukraine against Russia for the protection of national minorities in the occupied Crimea. In particular, the court ordered the state-aggressor to refrain from the restrictions of the Crimean Tatars in the representation of their interests, including to resume the work of Parliament and to ensure the possibility of education in the Ukrainian language.

In the Crimea Ukrainian-language classes was less than 31 times – monitoring 28.04.2017

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