Ukrainian language under siege in Crimea

Filing out of their Ukrainian language school – one of just six in the whole of Crimea – fourth graders Lisa and Masha spoke of how much they enjoy studying here. “This is because we are Ukrainians,” they said with wide smiles.

Their youth and innocence shields them from knowing what their parents and other adults here know: that it has become harder to be Ukrainian in Crimea since late February, when Russians invaded the peninsula. With Russian President Vladimir Putin finalizing the annexation of Crimea today, it could get tougher for Ukrainians there, many of whom are against the move, yet.

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(Photo: Tiia Monto)