Pro-Russian militants in the occupied Donbas do not let applicants to Ukrainian universities into the Ukrainian-controlled territory. The Donetsk representative in the Tripartite Contact Group journalist Denis Kazansky announced this on his Facebook page.

According to him, the occupation authorities do not provide the permission to cross the demarcation line to the undergraduate applicants who do not have a residence permit in the territory controlled by Ukraine.

“Applicants are specially kept to lose time and an opportunity to enter the Ukrainian universities and colleges. In response to all requests to allow departure, rebels reply that the young people should enter “DNR‘s universities,” Kazansky wrote.

According to him, after the Ukrainian authorities cancelled the external independent assessment for children from the occupied territories, the militants became afraid of losing people. That is why they closed the exits. So, the artificial barriers are likely to be created to stop the outflow of young people.

To recap, on 10 July, President Vladimir Zelensky signed the law, which allows the children from temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk areas and the Crimea to enter all universities and colleges in Ukraine without external independent assessment results.

Bohdan Marusyak

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