Only 318 children learn Ukrainian in occupied Crimea - HRW

Only 318 children learn Ukrainian in occupied Crimea - HRW

The number of schoolchildren in Ukrainian-language classes in Crimea has rapidly dropped from almost 13,000 in 2014 to 318 children in 2018, following Russia's occupation of the peninsula, according to an annual report on Ukraine published by the Human Rights Watch international human rights organization.

"The number of students in Crimea in classes with Ukrainian as the language of instruction plummeted from 12,694 in 2014 to 318 in 2018, according to the United Nations," the report says.

According to the organization, Russia has occupied Crimea since 2014 and "continues to perpetrate grave human rights violations against people there for expressing pro-Ukrainian views."

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