The head of the Defense Committee of the Russian Parliament, Andrey Kartpolov, has suggested that children from Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine should be sent to military boarding schools in Russia in order to consolidate Moscow’s control and to show that it is Ukraine. I intend to live forever.
Speaking on Russian state TV, Kartpolov, a former deputy defense minister and army commander, said Ukraine’s children were brainwashed and that Russia needed to focus its attention on them.
A video of his suggestion posted by Julia Davies of the Daily Beast, a Russian media tracker, has gone viral on Twitter.
Kartpolov’s proposal is another indication that Russia intends to maintain its hold on the territories it holds in Ukraine for a long time. This is in line with reports that Russia may hold a referendum on the occupied territories later this year to propose annexation.
video has been viewed over 330,000 times, In the clip, Kartpolov speaks in Russian but an English translation plays at the bottom of the screen. It is not clear when the footage was recorded.
Reflecting on the war in Ukraine, Kartpolov said, “Of course there are many problems. There is a lot to be restored, to rebuild from scratch but today the biggest problem is the people.”
Using a derogatory term in Russia for Ukrainian nationalists, he said, “There are children and children are also the category most abused by the Banderite Nazi gangsters who brainwashed them.”
“If we want these regions to be with us so that they have a future as part of the Russian Federation, we should not focus on the giants first.
“Although everyone has a tough time, we need to deal with kids.
“Maybe in our Suvorov, Nakhimov cadet schools, there can be additional enrollment and we can send these children there.
“Maybe higher educational institutions in Moscow and others in the country should reserve additional places for students who, depending on the budget, can be placed in free dormitories.
“Today, they can’t pay anything for their education, yet, we have to do it because then people will believe that we are serious and Russia has been here for a long time…forever,” he said.
Commenting on Kartpolov’s proposal, Davis said in his tweet: “Not a word about asking for your parents’ permission or even your will.”
newsweek The foreign ministries of Russia and Ukraine have been contacted for comment.
According to experts, the war in Ukraine, which will reach the six-month mark later this month, has clearly had a negative impact on the children suffering from it.
Psychologist Natalia Mosuyuk of the Voice of Children charity told the BBC she has seen an increase in children coming for sessions at the organisation’s six centers across Ukraine.
“Of course, the situation is difficult for children. Sirens, the condition of their parents, to whom they are attached, the loss of their daily routine,” she said.
“They’ve lost their time with friends, time at school. So, they don’t behave the way they did.
According to the BBC report, speaking about the capture of Bucha, which is close to Kyiv, combat psychologist Natalia Zaretska said that people were forced to learn to survive in difficult conditions and this affected their mental well-being. Had happened.
Zaretska is overseeing the construction of the Buka Psychological Center to provide support to those affected.
“People were under a lot of stress after the capture,” she said.
“When you’re in business, you learn to survive in a hostile environment, relying only on yourself.
“That’s why we thought of building a hub that would work full time.”