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Starting Sept. 1, Crimean students from grade five to nine will attend extracurricular activities called "Foundations of Military Training," Ukraine's Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets reported on his Telegram.
To implement this, he said, at least 25 Crimean teachers have already undergone courses in military discipline, tactical medicine, assembling and disassembling firearms, organizing field camps, handling individual protective gear, as well as radiological, chemical, and biological protection.
At the same time, 10th-grade students will receive education in the "fundamentals of military readiness." This comprehensive curriculum will encompass not only practical drills and instruction in essential military skills but will also feature lectures on the "career opportunities" associated with military service, as outlined in official textbooks and teacher's guides available online.
Earlier this year, Russia's Education Ministry also introduced updated history textbooks that include segments about the war in Ukraine that Russia calls a “special military operation,” the annexation of Crimea, and Western sanctions, CNN reported on Aug. 9.
The recently published textbooks incorporate maps depicting occupied Ukrainian areas as Russian territories, endorsing Russian officials' narrative that Ukrainians and Russians are "one people." Ukraine is also portrayed in the textbooks as an "ultranationalist state" where all things Russian are regarded hostile and persecuted.