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2021.09.01 17:56

Lithuanian-funded school opens in Ukrainian frontline town

BNS2021.09.01 17:56

A school rebuilt "from ashes of war" and provided with modern equipment by Lithuania was opened in the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka on Wednesday, the Lithuanian government said.

"A million euros was allocated from the Lithuanian state budget for this project under the Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme,” the government tweeted.

In a press release, the government said that Lithuania had provided the school with state-of-the-art teaching and laboratory equipment, as well as a multifunctional sports field.

The project, which took more than two years to complete, was implemented by the Central Project Management Agency and administered by the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.

Deputy Government Chancellor Alminas Mačiulis said during the opening ceremony in Avdiivka that it was among the most ambitious development cooperation projects in the history of independent Lithuania.

Avdiivka was occupied by pro-Russian separatists in April 2014. The town in Donetsk Oblast was recaptured by Ukrainian forces in July of the same year and has since been one of the most active flashpoints along the frontline.

"Broken windows, walls riddled with bullets – this was what the project participants saw when they came to Avdiivka for the first time," the Lithuanian government said. "The inspiring school project was implemented with the gunshots in the background."

The rebuilt school welcomed around 600 students and 50 teachers on Wednesday. The number of students is expected to grow as the school has capacity for up to 1,000 students, according to the press release.

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