Russian State TV: Send 'Brainwashed' Ukraine Kids to Our Military Schools

The head of the Russian parliament's defense committee, Andrey Kartapolov, has suggested that children from Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine should be sent to military boarding schools in Russia as a way to cement Moscow's control and show that it intends to remain in Ukraine forever.

Speaking on Russian state TV, Kartapolov, a former deputy defense minister and army commander, said that the children of Ukraine had been brainwashed and Russia needed to turn its attention to them.

A video of his suggestion, posted by the Daily Beast's Julia Davis, who monitors Russian media, has gone viral on Twitter.

Kartapolov's proposal is another indication that Russia intends to maintain its grip on territories it has occupied in Ukraine for the long term. It is in line with reports suggesting that Russia could hold referendums in occupied territories later this year as a prelude to annexing them.

The video has been viewed more than 330,000 times. In the clip, Kartapolov speaks in Russian but an English translation runs along the bottom of the screen. It is unclear when the footage was recorded.

"There are many problems over there, for sure. A lot has to be restored, rebuilt from scratch but the biggest problem today is people," Kartapolov said as he reflected on the war in Ukraine.

"There are also children and children are the very category that was the most mistreated by the Banderite Nazi scumbags who simply brainwashed them," he said, using a derogatory term in Russia for Ukrainian nationalists.

"If we want these territories to be with us, for them to have a future as part of the Russian Federation, we shouldn't be concentrating on veterans first.

"Although everyone is having a hard time, we need to deal with the children.

"Perhaps in our Suvorov's, Nakhimov's cadet schools, there could be additional enrolment and we could send these kiddies there.

"Maybe Moscow's higher educational institutions and others in the country should reserve additional spots for students who could be placed on a budgetary basis, in free dormitories.

"Today, they can't pay anything for their education, nonetheless, we have to do this because then people will believe that we're serious and Russia is here for a long time...Forever," he said.

Commenting on Kartapolov's proposal, Davis said in her tweet: "Not one word about asking for their parents' permission or even their own wishes."

Newsweek has contacted Russia and Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

The war in Ukraine, which will reach the six-month mark later this month, has clearly had a negative impact on the children that have suffered through it, according to experts.

Nataliya Mosyuk, a psychologist at the Voices of Children charity, told the BBC she has seen a rise in children coming in for sessions at the organization's six centers across Ukraine.

"The situation is difficult for children, of course. The sirens, the condition of their parents, to whom they are attached, the loss of their daily routines," she said.

"They've lost their time with friends, time in school. So, they don't behave the same way they did.

Speaking about the occupation of Bucha, which lies close to Kyiv, combatant psychologist Nataliya Zaretska said people were forced to learn to survive in difficult situations and this had affected their mental wellbeing, according to the BBC report.

Zaretska is overseeing the creation of the Bucha psychological center to offer help to those affected.

"People were very stressed after the occupation," she said.

"When you're under occupation, you learn to survive in a hostile environment, relying only on yourself.

"That's why we thought of creating a center that would work full-time."

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People, mainly women and children, make their way through Przemysl railway station after journeying from war-torn Ukraine on March 31, 2022 in Przemysl, Poland. Andrey Kartapolov has said Russia should send "brainwashed" Ukraine children to Russian military schools Jeff J Mitchell/Getty