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Communities mark anniversary of Ukraine war

[Press center5] time:2023-05-28 11:59:37 source:CNN (Cable News Network) author:Press center3 click:152order

Events have taken place across the East Midlands to mark the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

A peace procession was held in Derby, starting at Cathedral Green at 18:00 GMT.

Traditional Ukrainian meals were served at a cafe in Darley Dale with the help of a refugee.

Meanwhile, vigils and demonstrations of support for Ukraine took place in Nottingham city centre and Leicester city centre.

The peace procession headed to the Market Place before returning via Iron Gate to Derby Cathedral tower.

The cathedral was then open for quiet prayer and reflection.

Another opportunity to attend a Ukraine Anniversary Prayer Vigil has also been planned for Sunday.

This will feature contributions from representatives across Derby and Derbyshire's diverse faith communities.

The mayor of Derby, Robin Wood, said: "The invasion of Ukraine has shocked and saddened many people all over the world."

Elsewhere, a Ukrainian refugee who has been living with hosts in Darley Dale since June has been working with a local cafe.

Hanna Hyrka helped Jayne Wynne, chef manager at The Whitworth Centre, to create a Ukrainian themed menu.

Dishes included borscht and pierogi.

Mrs Hyrka said cooking them, with the help of her mother, felt like being at home.

This time last year she had just finished university and was planning her honeymoon with her new husband.

She said: "I feel like 24 February is the longest day of my life.

"I'm very glad now I'm in safety but I know a lot of people are not so this is very sad.

"I hope this finishes as soon as possible."

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