Russia's Ministry of Enlightenment Gives Lesson to School Children Saying War 'Necessary'

Russia's Education Ministry announced that it would be holding a virtual lesson for children to explain why the war on Ukraine is necessary.

The Education Ministry, also known as the Ministry of Enlightenment, said the lesson would take place at 12:00 Moscow time on Thursday, according to a Facebook post by the ministry.

"At the All-Russian Open Lesson, school children will be told why the liberation mission in Ukraine is a necessity," it said in the post.

Viewers of the lesson would be taught about the "danger NATO represents to [Russia]" as well as the reason "why Russia stood up for the protection of the civilians of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics."

The post also said it would teach children how to "distinguish the truth from lies in the huge stream of information, photos and videos" that flood the internet.

This follows on from a string of arrests of protestors in Russia who have demonstrated against the war.

As of March 2, 7,629 protestors have been detained in 121 Russian cities. This is according to OVD-Info, a human rights organization that keeps track of the number of arrests in Russia.

The State Duma is discussing changes to the Criminal code to allow for as much as 15 years of imprisonment for "fake information" about the activities of the Russian army, according to an OVD-info report.

If passed, this law would mean that individuals could potentially be criminally prosecuted for any information about the war in Ukraine that goes against the official position of the Russian state.

Protests have also erupted around the world in public spaces and near Russian embassies as people call for peace and Russian President Vladimir Putin to call off the invasion.

These demonstrations began popping up as early as the day after the invasion was announced. Protests were held in multiple cities including Madrid, London, Taipei and Tbilisi last week.

There has been seemingly no indication from Russia that they intend to call off the invasion.

Earlier this week, Ukraine was able to thwart an assassination attempt on President Volodymyr Zelensky's life.

The head of Ukraine's National Security Council Oleksiy Danilov said on social network Telegram that there were two groups of assassins from Chechnya that were involved in the plot.

"We are well aware of the special operation that was to take place directly by the Kadyrovites to eliminate our president," Danilov said in reference to the fighters from the Caucasus Russian republic whose leader, Ramzan Kadyrov pledges unswerving loyalty to Putin.

"The Kadyrov forces unit, which came to kill our president, was eliminated," he told Ukraine 24 TV.

He continued: "We will not give our president or our country to anyone. This is our land, get out of here."

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Presidential Council on Science and Education meeting in Novosibirsk on February 8, 2018 in Novosibirsk, Russia. Russia's Education Ministry announced that it would hold a virtual lesson for children to explain why the war on Ukraine is necessary. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images