⚡️Russian Defence Ministry statement on threats of shelling of schools by AFU
❗️The Kiev regime continues its deliberate shelling of socially important facilities in Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics and other areas liberated from nationalists during the special military operation. Schools, hospitals, kindergartens and residential buildings have been hit.
▫️Long-range strike means supplied by the US and European countries have significantly increased the Kiev regime’s ability to launch criminal strikes against residential infrastructure and educational institutions with Western-made artillery and missile weapons.
▫️Such actions are a war crime and require the entire international community to take urgent measures to prevent the Kiev regime from shelling schools and killing children.
▫️On the eve of the new school year, we inform that 1,422 schools in Lugansk and Donetsk people’s republics, as well as in Zaporozhye, Kherson and Kharkov regions, will open their doors to 326,438 pupils on September 1, 2022.
▫️The Russian side implements a set of all necessary measures to protect educational institutions’ data from any threats.
▫️At the same time, for the unconditional safety of students and teachers, the Russian Ministry of Defence have sent to the UN, international humanitarian organisations and the Ukrainian leadership the addresses and exact location data of all schools starting on September 1, 2022 in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, as well as in Zaporozhye, Kherson and Lharkov regions.
▫️We demand that the United Nations and the entire international community take effective measures to prevent the shelling of schools by the Kiev regime and guarantee that these facilities and their surroundings are excluded from fire by the Ukrainian armed forces and other paramilitary groups.