Ukrainian children stressed at the start of the school year

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The new school year in Ukraine is underway. In-person classes have resumed in some locations, but children are facing many changes and challenges.

Many civilians were found killed at the start of the conflict in the town of Bucha, near Kyiv. Children feel anxious and traumatized. A doctor says: “A growing number of children are suffering from stress. It is better to keep children away from such an environment to help them get better.

The southern region of Kherson is largely controlled by Russian forces. Schoolchildren wave Russian flags. A member of a pro-Russian group says Ukrainian leaders are trying to rewrite their history and teach it to children.

There was an official announcement that Russian soldiers would remove all books about Ukraine’s history and military from school libraries. They will distribute textbooks on Russian language and history instead.

A school principal says he was told to provide a Russian-style education, but resisted. Serhiy Zdenkov said he heard that students were learning Russian in class and were forbidden to use the Ukrainian language. He says, “We must save the children of a world dominated by Russia after this war.

Ukraine launched an offensive in late August to retake areas under Russian control around Kherson.

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