Refused to go to a Russian school

During the occupation of the Kherson region, 14-year-old Taisia refused to go to a Russian school and studied remotely according to the Ukrainian program. Yet the collaborators, who became the "new government" in her native village Dar'ivka, began to mentally pressure and threaten her mother that they will take the child away from her if her daughter doesn't start studying at their school.

In the Russian school, Taiia had listened to how good life is in the Russian Federation and how wonderful it is to rest in the occupied Crimea. Meanwhile, the Russian military knocked on the doors of the parents' homes and "culturally" convinced them that the children must go to the camp because it is part of the school program. In the same way, they came to Taisia's grandmother while her mother was at work, and forced her to hand over her grandson with weapons in their hands.

In the Russian "rehabilitation and recreation" facility, the girl and 700 other children were waiting for a conversation with the person responsible for security, who constantly humiliated Ukrainian children. He immediately warned that while they were in the camp, they had to live by their rules. That is, to go on stage every day to sing the anthem of the aggressor country and propaganda songs, to watch Putin's speech, and to carry out all the instructions of the Russians or the collaborating advisers.

Taisia painfully recalls the prison conditions in which she had to live with her peers. For "bad" behavior, they were forced to clean the territory of the camp and the Crimean beach. And for the words "Glory to Ukraine!" had to write the explanatory notes. The further the worse: they could be sent to a drug dispensary or an isolation ward for a few days. This is what happened to little Nikita, who was sent to an empty ward of a psychiatric hospital for re-education.

Taisia was terrified when she found out that she could be sent to an orphanage or boarding school if her mother didn't come for her by April. Then the girl burst into tears because she was afraid that she would never return home.

Her mother, Anna, in Ukraine, was constantly looking for a way to take her child away from the camp. Fortunately, she found information about Save Ukraine rescue missions on the Internet and immediately turned to ask us for help.

Currently, Taisia is at home with her mother in Ukraine. And she is looking forward to meeting her sister and newborn niece.

0 800 333 129 - all-Ukrainian hotline of the rescue network Save Ukraine with the support of USAID Ukraine - USAID Ukraine.