Dwelling in Russian-occupied Ukraine, 6-year-old Anna-Maria discovered to name President Vladimir Putin “Uncle Vova” and believed he was “the president of the world,” her mom mentioned.
Kateryna Skopina, a senior Ukrainian navy officer, needed to go away her daughter with relations when she and her husband have been captured by Russian forces within the jap metropolis of Mariupol final spring. However the relations have been sympathetic to Moscow and stored Anna-Maria within the territory occupied by the Kremlin for greater than a yr. Her daughter went to a kindergarten in a village outdoors Mariupol, the place she mentioned “there have been brainwashing packages. After returning dwelling, the 6-year-old is reluctant to talk Ukrainian and asks her mother and father to talk solely Russian.
“She went to a kindergarten within the village. There have been brainwashing packages. In our preschool program, we educate letters and numbers. When she was 5 she knew 4 letters and counted to twenty, so when she went to high school in Russia she remained at that degree, however in a phone dialog she requested me who Uncle Vova was and why he was the president of this world. There’s a no man’s land there, so to talk. I noticed my youngster about 150 meters away.
I met a Latvian lady, who was a typical border guard, who understood the state of affairs and mentioned you’ll be able to’t go there, you’ll be able to’t cross that publish, it is Russian territory, regardless of saying it is no man’s land. They did not give me my youngster as a result of she needed to know me first. I cried and could not imagine it. The primary few days we’d purchase her something she wished and she or he would say ‘am I in a fairy story?’
Being educated within the area of psychology, I do know that we’re compensating with presents for the shortage of consideration she has had. We will certainly not return to Mariupol. I even have plans to convey my grandparents and father who’re buried there, I do not even wish to return with. I noticed with my very own eyes how town was being destroyed. Why did the Russians do that? I feel they have been jealous, they can not do something of their very own”, says Kateryna Skopina.
About 1.5 million Ukrainian kids like Anna-Maria have ended up in Russian-controlled territory or in Russia since 2014. They’re brainwashed there and lots of now really feel Russian and hate Ukraine.