RUSSIAN classes at a Warrington primary school have been cancelled amid the war in Ukraine.

The language, history and dance sessions are run at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School in Grappenhall on Saturday mornings and have continued in recent weeks despite Russia’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine.

This sparked furious residents to lobby Warrington Borough Council and the school with their concerns.

One told the Warrington Guardian: “I am totally disgusted to see that the classes are continuing in spite of what is going on in Ukraine.

“Putin is putting innocent Ukrainian people through what can only be described as a living hell. Through no fault of their own.

“I would have thought Warrington Borough Council would have put a stop immediately to these Russian classes and instead should put a united front on.

“They should not be allowed to continue going on in the face of what is happening to the innocent Ukrainian people.

“All Russian classes – whether dancing or other academic classes – should be cancelled and not supported.

“This is a slap in the face to the Ukrainian people.

“I am sure there are a lot of local people who feel the same way.”

And the council has now confirmed that the classes at the Church Lane site have been suspended for the foreseeable future due to the conflict.

A WBC spokesman said: “We were made aware of Russian classes taking place at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School and have been in contact with them about it.

“The school had been independently hired at the weekend by a group of parents and their children.

“We have agreed that the group is to be cancelled in respect of the current distressing situation in Ukraine.

“Our thoughts are with Ukraine and all those who have been displaced, are suffering, or have been injured or taken by the ongoing conflict.”

St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School was also contacted for comment