: 'Hitler Youth' in Donbas: Russian-backed militants recruit children

16:26 Apr. 24, 2016

'Hitler Youth' in Donbas: Russian-backed militants recruit children

Girls learn to disassemble and re-assemble Kalashnikov rifles during a lesson at the cadets' boarding school No. 9 for girls in Moscow, Nov. 26, 2005 (AP Photo)

Kremlin engages Ukrainian teens in terrorist activities

Russian-backed militants in the Donbas region reportedly involve Ukrainian minors in terrorist activities, according to ZN.UA.

Recruitment of children becomes massive and turns into a systematic procedure in the territories that are not under Ukrainian government control.

Recently, the pro-Russian separatist group 'Brigade East' published a video which demonstrated a 'military sports summer camp for children and teens' in the militant-occupied Donetsk.

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"The camp accommodates children from 10 to 17 years, both boys and girls, they are dressed in military uniform with the USSR and Russian Federation chevrons, some of them boast 'The Defender of the Fatherland' shoulder sleeve insignia. The children live in military tents and study military arts that comprise theory, tactics, weapon handling, shooting, etc.," according to the report.

In the town of Alchevsk, a 10-years old girl joined the illegal armed group "Ghost Brigade". She was even granted with 'a militant certificate'.

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"When the Russian Movement of Schoolchildren was created in Russia (similar to the Soviet-era pioneer movement), the process of recruiting children in the militant-occupied territories has become much more dynamic. Children study the history of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, their ‘political system, state symbols, awards, heroic biographies of fighters and leaders'. The school subjects include ‘language and Literature of the Donbas' nations, history of the fatherland, the Donbas citizenship'. Manuals for children are transported from Russia", the report says.

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