VIENNA (QHA) -

Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the international organizations in Vienna Ihor Prokopchuk told about the facts of elimination of the Ukrainian language in the annexed Crimea. The delegate from Ukraine made his statement in response to the report of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Lamberto Zannier, the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.

Prokopchuk, in particular, called on the OSCE Commissariat to pay attention to the blatant violation of the national rights of Ukrainians to receive education in their native language in the Russian-occupied peninsula.

“The Russian occupation authorities continue to struggle with the manifestation of Ukrainian identity, culture, education in the Ukrainian language. From 2013 to 2017 years the number of students receiving education in schools in the Ukrainian language has decreased from 13 thousand to 370, the number of Ukrainian schools has decreased from seven to one, and the availability of Ukrainian classes has decreased from 875 to 28," he informed.

Prokopchuk went on saying that education in the Ukrainian language at the higher educational institutions of the Crimea is completely suspended, and all these facts contradict the decision of the International Court providing that the Russian Federation must ensure the education in the Ukrainian language.

"This worrisome and worsening situation calls for an adequate response and involvement of the OSCE High Commissioner on the rights of the Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and other ethnic groups in the occupied peninsula," Prokopchuk stated.

Reportedly, the struggle against the national symbols of the Crimean Tatar people was also covered by educational institutions in the occupied Crimea.

In particular, on September 1, a tamga (the coat of arms of the Crimean Tatars) was cut from the gates of the Crimean Tatar school No. 3 in the village of Sovetskoe (the historical name - Ichki).

QHA