Hope a theme as Londoners gather to mark one year of war in Ukraine – London

As the world marked one year since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Friday, Londoners gathered to mark the somber anniversary to show support for those affected by the war.

A candlelit memorial service was held at City Hall on Friday night, where speakers spoke out about the tragedy many are coping with. We headed over to the Jet Aviation Museum to witness the unveiling of a new Ukrainian-themed artifact.

At City Hall, many Londoners and Ukrainians braved the cold and cold winds to show solidarity with the Eastern European country that has been under attack since 24 February 2022.

Ola Novosad, a retired teacher and one of the organizers of the Ukrainian-Canadian Parliament (UCC) memorial service, told attendees that the lives lost will never be forgotten. Ukraine.

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“Today we have come together to recognize 365 days of resistance,” Nowosad said.

The vigil was one of more than 40 events held across Canada on Friday as it marked the start of the war.

A memorial service on February 24, 2023 was decorated with yellow and blue electric candles to mark the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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In addition to Nowosad, other speakers included Mayor Josh Morgan, Ukraine’s Marta Kosar and local UCC Daria Hryckiw president.

First of all, Coser, who came to London last April to escape the war in his home country, read a prayer written by a local pastor. In his remarks, Kosar spoke about how collective expressions of support are valuable to those still in Ukraine and how the acceptance of those fleeing the war is highly valued.

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Throughout the night there were frequent calls of “Slava Ukraini”, which means glory to Ukraine. Signs brought to the memorial showed a call to the rally, along with other messages such as support for Ukrainians and anti-Russian sentiment.

“We come together to recognize the courage, strength and faith of the Ukrainian people in resisting this gratuitous and unjust aggression,” Nausod said.

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Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would send four more tanks to Ukraine along with $32 million in aid. Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that new sanctions had been imposed on 129 people and 63 groups he said.

At the Jet Aircraft Museum, the nose section of a recently acquired MiG-29 fighter jet was shown to invited guests ahead of Saturday’s open house.

A restored MiG-29 in the colors of the Ukrainian Air Force demonstration team that visited Canada in 1992 is on display at London’s Jet Aircraft Museum.

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Obtained from CFB Bagotville, Quebec, the artifact has been restored in the colors of the Ukrainian Air Force Demonstration Team that visited Canada in 1992 and flew at the London Air Show and elsewhere.

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The nose jet has been of interest to the museum for about six years, officials said.

Mike Kesl, a museum volunteer who helped restore the nose jet, said the community played a key role in bringing the jet, which was built in the late 1980s, back to its present state.

Many of the speakers at the event commented on the symbolism of the jet’s current paint job. A Ukrainian Air Force demonstration in 1992 when his team visited Canada, not only did the MiG-29 fly for the first time in North America, but it also showed the world that post-Soviet Ukraine was a free country.

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Volodymyr Vorovets, head of the London Ukraine Center, said it was a “beautiful” sight to see the Ukrainian colors on the nose against a red and white maple leaf flag.

While acknowledging the pain Ukrainians are still suffering, Borovets was optimistic about Ukraine’s future.

“Light always triumphs over darkness,” Borobec said. “If there’s just a little bit of light in the dark, there’s hope.

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“There is hope, faith and courage that we will win.”

The museum will host a showcase of fighter jets on Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and donations from attendees will go to the Ukrainian parliament to help buy generators for the people of Ukraine. can be

The museum, which plans to put the MiG-29 on permanent display, says 50% of donation admission next month will go to the generator cause.

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