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The Agony in Ukraine: Photos Bohdan Warchomij May 15, 2022

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Western Australia’s Ukrainian community has been dealing with refugees from their homeland since the Russian invasion on 24th February 2022. There are well over 100 families from Ukraine settling in Perth as their homeland burns under Russian bombardment.

Julia Edwards, born in St Petersburg to a Ukrainian mother and Russian father, has called Perth home since 1988 and is in contact with her homeland and relatives  and hearing their stories and tribulations in a country that is a war zone defended by the supply of weapons from the West.

Julia Edwards

She is involved in doing what she can to help and is a partner with the Square Shopping Centre in Mirrabooka for the event ‘We Welcome Ukraine,’  held yesterday in partnership with with the Ukrainian Association of WA and the Red Cross.

Julia, named Miss West Coast in 2019 was ecstatic  at the “amazing turnout”. Many people, touched by the plight of Ukrainians turned up for the event, The Ukrainian Ambassador Vasyl


Myroshnychenko flew in from Canberra with his daughter Yaroslava. The Polish Community was there to feed the participants with pierogi.

The highlight for me was Elise Chong’s Orchestra to make a difference:

“The Square Mirrabooka (shopping centre) has approached me to form an orchestra to play the Ukraine National Anthem and Prayer for Ukraine for this fantastic event they are hosting to welcome newly-settled Ukrainian refugee families in Perth. The Ukrainian ambassador for Australia is flying over for this event.”  Elise Chong Conductor


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