#Commentary of Vladislav Berdichevsky on new victory of ‘independent’: Ukrainian universities closed, because they have no money to pay for heating

The main university of Ukraine – the Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University – transferred students to distance learning until the spring due to lack of funds for payment for heat and electricity. This is reported by the media of the country “energy-independent” from Russia.

This news itself does not require commenting, but it clearly illustrates the economic and political situation in Ukraine. First of all, this means that the statehood of the country has collapsed to such a negative value that the disintegration of the structures necessary for the full-fledged functioning of any state has already occurred.

The situation, similar to the Kiev university, has developed in 15 universities across Ukraine. Thus, according to Ukrainian media reports, students are staying at home in Odessa, Ternopol, Chernovtsy, Dnepropetrovsk and Lvov.

However, even such an unambiguous fact the Ukrainian experts are able to designate a ‘victory’ in their interpretation. So, the Ukrainian newspeak is in action. Black is white, war is peace, and the transfer of students to distance learning because of lack of money for heating is “approbation of various methods of organizing independent work of students,” as some expert Andrey Gerus said.

It should be noted that the Shevchenko National University of Ukraine passed in the winter to a distance form of learning for the last several years. That is, we see systemic problems in the Ukrainian education system, and in the entire state system too. It is obvious that such a failure is impossible without the embezzlement of the university budget and a high level of corruption in the entire education system.

The consequences of the decline of education are also predicted very easily – Ukraine is about to face a mass exodus of young people to neighbouring countries for education. Moreover, even now far-sighted students from Ukraine come to study in the Donetsk People’s Republic. According to the data of the DPR Ministry of Education, in the framework of the implementation of the Humanitarian Programme for the reunification of the Donbass people, about 700 students from Ukraine attend the DPR educational institutions.

It should also be noted that with a high degree of probability after receiving education outside of Ukraine, young professionals will not be able to work in the country. And this means further degradation of Ukrainian industry, and hence of the economy, a decrease in the overall level of literacy among the population and problems with demography. All is logical: why the ‘agrarian empire’ would need highly skilled staff?

However, the status of the ‘agrarian empire’ for Ukraine is also unlikely to be achievable. After all, the Kiev National University of Bioresources and Nature Management, for example, which trained the specialized specialists for the construction of the ’empire’, has also switched to distance learning.

Vladislav Berdichevsky, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council

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