Ukraine

Members of the local tech community gathered at Checkfront’s new downtown Victoria headquarters for an open house, but also for a fundraiser assisting those affected by the war in Ukraine. (Courtesy of Checkfront)

Greater Victoria tech community pulls together for Ukraine

Fundraisers help humanitarian, defence efforts; job supports assist in relocations

 

Jon McClean (front right) and Wil Meade (back right) with other volunteers from Rescuers Without Borders in Medyka, Poland. The pair were there for two weeks helping Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion. (Courtesy of Jon McClean)

Langford volunteers return from crisis

Pair were in Poland helping carry refugee’s luggage, working security during their two-week stay

 

Sooke legion members Richard Steele, Ted Davies and Murray Lambert prepare to host a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18 to raise funds for Ukrainian relief efforts. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke Legion assisting Ukraine relief efforts

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54 hosts a sit-down Ukrainian-style dinner on June 18

 

Nine year old Zoriana greets her sister, Sofiia, as her and their mother, Natalia, arrive from Ukraine in St. John’s, Monday, May 9, 2022. Newfoundland and Labrador received its first plane load of refugees from Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Locke

B.C. Liquor, Cannabis stores raise over $1M for Ukraine humanitarian aid

Stores in Langley, Penticton, Peninsula, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Port Coquitlam led the way

Nine year old Zoriana greets her sister, Sofiia, as her and their mother, Natalia, arrive from Ukraine in St. John’s, Monday, May 9, 2022. Newfoundland and Labrador received its first plane load of refugees from Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Locke
Nataliia Nadzelska and her daughter, Sophiia, and son, Andrii, have found safe haven from the war in Ukraine with Anne-Marie Smith and her family in Sooke. (Rick Stiebel/Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke community offers family refuge from war

Local family opens door to Ukrainian mother and two children

Nataliia Nadzelska and her daughter, Sophiia, and son, Andrii, have found safe haven from the war in Ukraine with Anne-Marie Smith and her family in Sooke. (Rick Stiebel/Sooke News Mirror)
Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals move to bar sanctioned Russians from Canada through immigration amendments

Changes would enable Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada officials to deny visas

Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Bridget Ducker (left), Dolores Dowler and Mary-Ann Tennent with a collection of quilts. (Kevin Laird - Black Press Media)

Sooke quilters sewing warm welcome for Ukrainian refugees

Community sets goal of 100 quilts for incoming families fleeing war

Bridget Ducker (left), Dolores Dowler and Mary-Ann Tennent with a collection of quilts. (Kevin Laird - Black Press Media)
FILE - This June 25, 2019, photo shows the sign outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Pittsburgh. McDonald’s said higher U.S. menu prices and easing COVID restrictions elsewhere helped offset troubled markets like China and Russia in the first quarter. The Chicago-based burger giant said Thursday, April 28, 2022 its revenue rose 11% to $5.66 billion in the January-March period. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

De-Arching: McDonald’s to sell Russia business, exit country

Buyer sought who will employ chain’s 62,000 workers in nation

FILE - This June 25, 2019, photo shows the sign outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Pittsburgh. McDonald’s said higher U.S. menu prices and easing COVID restrictions elsewhere helped offset troubled markets like China and Russia in the first quarter. The Chicago-based burger giant said Thursday, April 28, 2022 its revenue rose 11% to $5.66 billion in the January-March period. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Melanie Joly, Foreign Minister of Canada, addresses the media during a statement as part of the meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 Group of leading democratic economic powers at the Weissenhaus resort in Weissenhaeuser Strand, Germany, Saturday, May 14, 2022. (Marcus Brandt/Pool via AP)

G7 warn of Ukraine grain crisis, ask China not to aid Russia

“We will never recognize borders Russia has attempted to change by military aggression,” they said.

Melanie Joly, Foreign Minister of Canada, addresses the media during a statement as part of the meeting of foreign ministers of the G7 Group of leading democratic economic powers at the Weissenhaus resort in Weissenhaeuser Strand, Germany, Saturday, May 14, 2022. (Marcus Brandt/Pool via AP)
Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne rises during Question Period, Monday, April 25, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada presses for G7 quick-reaction group on cybersecurity after Ukraine invasion

Proposed cybersecurity working group would help better prepare Canada and its allies

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne rises during Question Period, Monday, April 25, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sahasi Erven plants a smaller flower flag for Ukraine at Fernwood’s Oneness Heart Park. (flagofflowers.ca)

Victoria campaign aims to create world’s largest Ukrainian flag of flowers

Fernwood resident conceived the idea shortly after the outbreak of the war in Ukraine

Sahasi Erven plants a smaller flower flag for Ukraine at Fernwood’s Oneness Heart Park. (flagofflowers.ca)
Duncan’s Nick Woywitka (left) is hosting Yevhen Shepotilyn, a refugee from the war in Ukraine, at his home and has offered him a job at his development company. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Ukrainian refugee finds home in Cowichan Valley

Yevhen Shepotilynk from Mariupol, one of hardest hit areas

Duncan’s Nick Woywitka (left) is hosting Yevhen Shepotilyn, a refugee from the war in Ukraine, at his home and has offered him a job at his development company. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Ukrainian refugees Sebastian Tirtirau has helped who crossed into Romania. (Special to The News)

VIDEO: Romanian man who worked at Maple Ridge travel agency, now helping Ukrainian refugees at border

Sebastian Tirtirau has helped more than 200 families flee Ukraine

Ukrainian refugees Sebastian Tirtirau has helped who crossed into Romania. (Special to The News)
Nine year old Zoriana greets her sister, Sofiia, as her and their mother, Natalia, arrive from Ukraine in St. John’s, Monday, May 9, 2022. Newfoundland and Labrador received its first plane load of refugees from Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Locke

Tears, hugs and joy in St. John’s, N.L., as 166 Ukrainian refugees arrive from Poland

People waved Ukrainian flags and held up signs of welcome at the St. John’s International Airport

Nine year old Zoriana greets her sister, Sofiia, as her and their mother, Natalia, arrive from Ukraine in St. John’s, Monday, May 9, 2022. Newfoundland and Labrador received its first plane load of refugees from Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Locke
Emily Burkmar of Jennifer Alberring’s Grade 4/5 class at Sidney Elementary School is deeply focused while preparing a sunflower decoration for the May 7 fundraiser for Ukraine held by Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans. The event raised in excess of $5,000. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Ukraine fundraiser by Sidney-based veterans club marches past fundraising goal

Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans raise almost $1,000 above its goal

Emily Burkmar of Jennifer Alberring’s Grade 4/5 class at Sidney Elementary School is deeply focused while preparing a sunflower decoration for the May 7 fundraiser for Ukraine held by Unit 302 of the Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans. The event raised in excess of $5,000. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Iuliia holds her dog, Chackie, upon her arrival to a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Sunday, May 8, 2022. Iuliia drove her grandmother’s friend from Kherson as thousands of Ukrainian continue to leave Russian occupied areas. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

No end in sight for Ukraine war as Putin hails Victory Day

Much-anticipated speech offered no new insights into how he intended to salvage the grinding war

Iuliia holds her dog, Chackie, upon her arrival to a reception center for displaced people in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, Sunday, May 8, 2022. Iuliia drove her grandmother’s friend from Kherson as thousands of Ukrainian continue to leave Russian occupied areas. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A territorial defence man poses for a photo next to cars destroyed during the Russian occupation in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Dozens feared dead in bombing of Ukrainian school

A Russian bomb flattened a school where about 90 people were taking shelter in the basement Sunday

A territorial defence man poses for a photo next to cars destroyed during the Russian occupation in Irpin, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to meet with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy May 8. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada’s PM Trudeau makes surprise visit to Ukraine to meet President Zelenskyy

He is taking part in a meeting of G7 leaders, according to public itinerary

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to meet with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy May 8. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Anastasiia Vanzhura left Kyiv with only what she could carry and the Ukrainian refugee is now living in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Ukrainian refugee’s long, cold trek away from war ends in B.C.

Newly arrived Anastasiia Vanzhura is one of millions of Ukrainians whose lives were shattered by war

Anastasiia Vanzhura left Kyiv with only what she could carry and the Ukrainian refugee is now living in Nanaimo. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Oleh Psiuk, frontman of Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra leaves after an interview with The Associated Press in Turin, Italy, Thursday May 5, 2022. Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s upbeat, melodic entry to this month’s Eurovision Song Contest was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother. But since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the song called “Stefania” has become an anthem to the country’s war-ravaged motherland. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

A song with power: Ukraine’s Eurovision entry unites nation

“Stefania” is the most-watched song on YouTube among the 35 national entries in annual competition

Oleh Psiuk, frontman of Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra leaves after an interview with The Associated Press in Turin, Italy, Thursday May 5, 2022. Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra’s upbeat, melodic entry to this month’s Eurovision Song Contest was written as a tribute to the frontman’s mother. But since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the song called “Stefania” has become an anthem to the country’s war-ravaged motherland. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)