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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crimea Teachers Strike

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine () -- Every third school on the Crimean peninsula stayed closed on the first day of the school year, as teachers went on strike over back wages, a news agency reported.

The teachers, some of whom have not been paid since February, are owed 1.4 trillion karbovanets ($8 million), Itar-Tass reported.

Crimean Prime Minister Arkady Demidenko told a parliament session Monday that the government will need time to come up with the money, and blamed teachers' unions for supporting the strike, the report said.

A union leader, Sophia Sidorova, said that even if the wages are paid, the schools will have to close next month when the cold weather starts.

School boilers have received only 8.5 percent of the fuel the need, the report said.