Ukraine

A Ukrainian serviceman tries to avoid being bitten by an ostrich at a heavily damaged private zoo as soldiers and volunteers attempted to evacuate the surviving animals to safety in the village of Yasnohorodka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The evacuation was halted before completion as shelling resumed between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the area.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Heavy fighting rages near Kyiv as Russia appears to regroup

Heavy fighting raged on the outskirts of Kyiv and other zones Thursday…

A Ukrainian serviceman tries to avoid being bitten by an ostrich at a heavily damaged private zoo as soldiers and volunteers attempted to evacuate the surviving animals to safety in the village of Yasnohorodka, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The evacuation was halted before completion as shelling resumed between Russian and Ukrainian forces in the area.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Ava Gambling sold her paintings to raise money to help Ukrainian people through the Canadian Red Cross. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)

8-year-old Lower Mainland resident sells paintings to help Ukrainians

Ava Gambling and her brother James, 4, raised more than $1,000

Ava Gambling sold her paintings to raise money to help Ukrainian people through the Canadian Red Cross. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Viktoriia Serhiienko, her husband, Oleksandr, and their 13-year-old sons, Daniil and Illia. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge resident desperate to find in-laws in Ukraine, helping friend escape war

Yuliya Cherman raising money to help friend who escaped Mariupol come to Canada

Viktoriia Serhiienko, her husband, Oleksandr, and their 13-year-old sons, Daniil and Illia. (Special to The News)
A woman holds a dog while crossing the Irpin River on an improvised path under a bridge as people flee the town of Irpin, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

B.C. author in western Ukraine says potential for greater conflict very real

Ukrainians appreciate international support, lament lack of physical military aid

A woman holds a dog while crossing the Irpin River on an improvised path under a bridge as people flee the town of Irpin, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Karl Lundsbye, left, Claudia Ring and Rowan Hermiston finish a lap in the Peace March for Ukraine Sunday. Ring donated $800 to the youth’s fundraiser, which collected close to $7,000 for the Ukrainian Red Cross. (Kelly Sinoski photo -100 Mile Free Press).

100 Mile youth raise $8,000 in peace march for Ukraine

Community bolsters fundraising efforts for refugees

Karl Lundsbye, left, Claudia Ring and Rowan Hermiston finish a lap in the Peace March for Ukraine Sunday. Ring donated $800 to the youth’s fundraiser, which collected close to $7,000 for the Ukrainian Red Cross. (Kelly Sinoski photo -100 Mile Free Press).
Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood woman raises over $2K for Ukraine with special handmade blanket

Lily Bowers donated $2,210 raised through ticket sales to the Red Cross

Lily Bowers with her Ukraine flag-style quilt, made to help raise funds to support those displaced by the conflict in Ukraine. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Ukrainian soldiers gather near the front line in Brovary, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Russia says it will scale back near Kyiv as talks progress

Ukraine’s military said it had noted withdrawals of some forces around Kyiv and Chernihiv

Ukrainian soldiers gather near the front line in Brovary, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, March 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Gaylene Ruel, left, and owner Brad DeClercq from Starboard Grill, and former Little Bavaria owner Kathy Krznaric prepare pierogi for the final stretch of the Ukrainian feast at Starboard on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (ELLIOT DREW/ Alberni Valley News)

5,000 Island pierogi and 2,000 Island cabbage rolls raise $16,000 for Ukrainian aid

Starboard Grill week-long fundraiser creates special meals to help in humanitarian effort

Gaylene Ruel, left, and owner Brad DeClercq from Starboard Grill, and former Little Bavaria owner Kathy Krznaric prepare pierogi for the final stretch of the Ukrainian feast at Starboard on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (ELLIOT DREW/ Alberni Valley News)
Ukrainian refugees wait for a transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, March 27, 2022. More than 3.7 million people have fled the war so far, Europe’s largest exodus since World War II. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Ukraine refugees near 4 million, will exodus slowdown last?

Fewer people have crossed the border in recent days, no one sure if it’s pause or permanent drop-off

Ukrainian refugees wait for a transport at the central train station in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, March 27, 2022. More than 3.7 million people have fled the war so far, Europe’s largest exodus since World War II. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the leaders of the European Council during their summit in Brussels from Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP

Canada, Europe to co-host social media fundraiser for displaced Ukrainians

The goal is to raise money to help the millions of refugees and internally displaced Ukrainians

In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to the leaders of the European Council during their summit in Brussels from Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP
Demonstrators of the Fridays for Future movement march in downtown Rome, Friday, March 25, 2022. Climate activists staged a tenth series of worldwide protests Friday to demand leaders take stronger action against global warming, with some linking their environmental message to calls for an end to the war in Ukraine. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Activists stage global climate protest, slam Ukraine war

Fridays for Future movement called demonstrations from Australia to Indonesia, US to Sweden

Demonstrators of the Fridays for Future movement march in downtown Rome, Friday, March 25, 2022. Climate activists staged a tenth series of worldwide protests Friday to demand leaders take stronger action against global warming, with some linking their environmental message to calls for an end to the war in Ukraine. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)
A barricade is placed on a street in front of the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet building, in Odesa, Ukraine Thursday, March 24, 2022. The city of Odesa is prepared for a possible Russian offensive. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Ukraine says 300 died in theatre attack, hunger grips cities

Scale of devastation in Mariupol has made information difficult to obtain

A barricade is placed on a street in front of the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet building, in Odesa, Ukraine Thursday, March 24, 2022. The city of Odesa is prepared for a possible Russian offensive. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada to hike oil, gas output 300,000 barrels a day to help displace Russian fuel

Canada ‘very open to the discussion’ about what else it can do to help

A pumpjack works at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand takes part in the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence in Ottawa, Friday, March 11, 2022. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been banned from entering Ukraine unless their presence is approved by chief of the defence staff Gen. Wayne Eyre. Defence Minister Anita Anand did not say what support will be available to Canadians captured while fighting in Ukraine, and instead discouraged Canadians from going to the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canadian troops ordered to stay away as foreign fighters flock to Ukraine

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been banned from joining the…

Minister of National Defence Anita Anand takes part in the Ottawa Conference on Security and Defence in Ottawa, Friday, March 11, 2022. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been banned from entering Ukraine unless their presence is approved by chief of the defence staff Gen. Wayne Eyre. Defence Minister Anita Anand did not say what support will be available to Canadians captured while fighting in Ukraine, and instead discouraged Canadians from going to the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Ukrainian refugees walk along vehicles lining-up to cross the border from Ukraine into Moldova, at Mayaky-Udobne crossing border point near Udobne, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ukrainian Canadian Congress pans refugee resettlement program as ‘tourist visa with a work permit’

Congress president Alexandra Chyczij called on the federal government to provide more support

Ukrainian refugees walk along vehicles lining-up to cross the border from Ukraine into Moldova, at Mayaky-Udobne crossing border point near Udobne, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Thursday, March 17, 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, shakes hands with a wounded Kateryna Vlasenko, 16, a refugee from Vorzel who covered her junior brother with her body during Russian shelling as they ran from their home town in a hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Trudeau, NATO leaders hear plea from Zelenskyy for military support

Ukraine president wants clear response to requests for fighter jets and tanks to bolster his forces

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Thursday, March 17, 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, shakes hands with a wounded Kateryna Vlasenko, 16, a refugee from Vorzel who covered her junior brother with her body during Russian shelling as they ran from their home town in a hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
An elderly woman walks pass concrete blocks topped with sandbags at a street in Odesa, southern Ukraine, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

A month in, Ukraine fights on, makes Moscow pay a high price

Ukraine is scarred, wounded and mourning its dead but far from beaten

An elderly woman walks pass concrete blocks topped with sandbags at a street in Odesa, southern Ukraine, on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
(Joti Heir/Special to Black Press Media)

Dispatch From Ukraine: Both the dead and alive are underground

The millions that have stayed like Pastoschchuk now live in a perpetual night

  • Mar 23, 2022
(Joti Heir/Special to Black Press Media)
Powerlifter Sumeet Sharma wears the gold medal he won for bench press at the North American Powerlifting Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, last fall. Sharma has started a new fundraising initiative in support of Ukraine. (Photo submitted: Sumeet Sharma)

B.C. powerlifter starts fundraiser for Ukraine

Corrections officer Sumeet Sharma was inspired to help after seeing war reports on TV

Powerlifter Sumeet Sharma wears the gold medal he won for bench press at the North American Powerlifting Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica, last fall. Sharma has started a new fundraising initiative in support of Ukraine. (Photo submitted: Sumeet Sharma)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiles as he listens to a speaker at an event in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The prime minister will address the European Parliament in Brussels this week before meeting with counterparts from the NATO military alliance to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada, allies face ‘irrational’ Putin as Trudeau heads to Europe, says Joly

Trudeau kicks off whirlwind trip with address to European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau smiles as he listens to a speaker at an event in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The prime minister will address the European Parliament in Brussels this week before meeting with counterparts from the NATO military alliance to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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