Graduates of Gymnasium in Crimea’s Occupied Sevastopol Come to Graduation Ceremony Wearing Vyshyvankas (PHOTO REPORT)

2014/05/23 - 20:46 • News

On Friday, May 25, secondary schools throughout Ukraine, including Crimea, were holding ceremonies marking the official end of the school year. Students graduating from the Lesya Ukrainka Gymnasium No. 5 in Sevastopol, along with their teachers, wore vyshyvankas (Ukrainian embroidered shirts) to school as a sign of protest against Russian occupation of the peninsula.

One of the residents of the occupied Sevastopol, Elena Latash, posted photos from the graduation ceremony on her Facebook page with the following caption:

“Everyone will pursue their own paths in life,

But memories of these best years with the smell of happiness

Will forever live in the back of our minds.

City of Sevastopol. Graduation ceremony in the Lesya Ukrainka Gymnasium No. 5. Our children were the best looking”!

Comments posted under the photos refer to this act by teens as bravery and heroism, given that the Russian authorities, which occupied Crimea two months ago, are prohibiting everything related to Ukraine on the peninsula.

Source: Elena Latash’s Facebook page and TSN

Translated by Dasha Darchuk, edited by Olga Ruda

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  • Chris Thornton

    Excellent!!! Thank you for standing up for your principles!!

    • Volodya

      Absolutely!

  • David Rusinas

    Tegyvuoja Ukraina! (Long live Ukraine!)