Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered one-time support payments to parents of school children in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, according to an order job Wednesday on the Kremlin website.
Parents of children aged 6 to 18 in Russian-controlled areas of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Kherson regions will, according to the order, receive 10,000 rubles ($167) if their children “started to study at general education institutions in the specified territories no later than September 15.
The document comes amid reports that the Kremlin is trying to introduce the Russian curriculum into schools in occupied Ukrainian territories.
Residents of occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions said pro-Kremlin local officials threatened to deprive them of their parental rights if they refused to acquire Russian passports and send their children to newly established Russian schools, RFE/RL reported last month.
And teachers in Ukrainian regions under Kremlin control are being pressured to sign a document confirming their willingness to follow the Russian curriculum, according to a report by The Guardian.
The school year in occupied Russia and Ukraine is due to start on September 1.