Fifteen children from eastern Ukraine to study in Lithuania
Fifteen children and their two teachers affected by the aggression in Ukraine‘s Donetsk and Luhansk regions will live and study in Lithuania for one year. The first seven 14-year-olds arrived in Lithuania on 29 October. They will live and study at Vilnius Lithuanians’ House until 1st September, 2015.
"We are proud that Lithuania can help children who were affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. We hope that such initiatives will help children to continue their education and seek knowledge, to know better Lithuania, and that newly formed friendships will strengthen Lithuania‘s relations with Ukraine,“ said Lithuanian Ambassador in Kyiv Petras Vaitiekūnas.
Ukrainian children will be educated in a separate class with Russian as the language of instruction, just like in their schools in Ukraine, while the Ukrainian language will be taught as a separate subject.
Lithuania has allocated 330 000 litas for education of the children from Ukraine.
Ambassador of Lithuania to Ukraine Petras Vaitiekūnas earlier this year addressed the Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania with a request to help orphans affected by the aggression in eastern Ukraine.
Photo: Roman Malko.
Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. We condemn the ongoing military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that flagrantly violates international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia. We will continue to support Ukraine and coherently implement the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea five years ago.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 30 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine which will be transferred to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). This contribution is another step in implementing the Humanitarian Response Plan for Ukraine initiated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that amounts to USD 187 million in 2018, however, has been implemented by only 38 per cent so far.
On 12 December, marking the 27th anniversary of the establishment of Lithuanian-Ukrainian diplomatic relations Minister Linas Linkevičius opened in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the exhibition of paintings and posters by Ukrainian children dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the statehood of Lithuania. Two new publications featuring the history of Lithuania and Ukraine were presented during the opening of the exhibition.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania strongly condemns illegitimate “voting” conducted by the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” on 11 November that is contrary to norms of international law.
On 1 October, the UNESCO executive team, representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, and experts together with diplomats of UNESCO Member States gathered in UNESCO headquarters to discuss the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine) and the city of Sevastopol, illegally occupied by the Russian Federation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania allocated EUR 50 thousand in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The funds will be transferred to the United Nations (UN) migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration. This act is another contribution to the implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan launched by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The Plan aims at allocations which are expected to reach USD 187 million in 2018.