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.
In the light of ongoing Russian escalation and build-up of military forces around Ukraine borders, we, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, the Republic of Latvia, the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine,
Taking into consideration our close bonds of friendship, partnership and cooperation which have been developing between our States,
Wishing to provide stability and security in the Euro-Atlantic space,
Realizing the threats posed by the aggressive policy of the Russian Federation for the entire European continent:
Have stated the following:
On 26 February, marking the Day of Resistance to Occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its strong support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. We strongly condemn the Russian military aggression against Ukraine that started seven years ago and still continues, and the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol in gross violation of international law.
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.