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The war in Ukraine: sourcing credible news

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February has shocked the world, and I’m sure most of us thought the days of one country trying to conquer another were behind us.


The news from Ukraine is on the one hand distressing, with innocent civilians of a democratic nation suddenly in a war zone, and on the other hand inspiring, as the Ukrainians, led by their impressive President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, hold back the might of the Russian army.


The war is obviously a long way from Australia, even if our media culture brings such things much closer, and teachers have a big role to play in explaining such events to their students. You may of course have students from Ukraine, Russia or neighbouring countries in your class, and even students from other countries will no doubt be interested.


Truth, as they say, is the first casualty of war, and as an educator you should try to direct students to credible and authoritative news sources, such as the ABC, the BBC and the major newspapers. These can then be contrasted against obvious propaganda, such as that being broadcast on Russian media and other countries.


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