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.
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine recognize the multi-centennial historical and cultural links between their nations.
On 18 June, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius had a telephone conversation with Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, and discussed bilateral cooperation, the reform process in Ukraine, and the Eastern Partnership policy.
76 years ago, on 18 May 1944, the Soviet regime criminally deported the Crimean Tatar people from the territory of their historic residence - Crimea - to distant areas of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation.
Co-authored by Foreign Ministers of Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia
This year, as we commemorate 75 years since the end of hostilities in Europe, we primarily honour those who fought against, and ultimately defeated, Nazism. We also remember the tens of millions of innocent victims who lost their lives during the war, including those six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazis and their collaborators.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the return of Ukrainian citizens who were illegally captured and detained by Russia. Among the released prisoners is Oleh Sencov, winner of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2018, Edem Bekirov, a Crimean Tatar activist and other political prisoners, as well as 24 sailors captured during the aggressive actions of Russia in the Strait of Kerch in 2018. We share the joy of the families of those released and wish them a prompt recovery.