From her NSW coastal home, Liz saw the Russian invasion. And launched a battle plan
From her home in Austinmer, 90 minutes south of Sydney, daughter of Ukranian migrants Liz Paslawsky calls Australian healthcare companies to convince them to help Ukraine with any supplies they can spare.
This is the first link in the chain of an operation that ultimately sees millions of dollars worth of equipment finding its way to the most devastated parts of Ukraine.
Qantas helps by sending everything by air to London free of charge.
Read the Good Weekend report from Sydney Morning Herald’s David Crowe here.
Ukranian refugees embraced by community in Orange
As reported by the ABC, the rolling hills of Orange and its surrounds, with plentiful employment, thriving towns and a choice of good schools for children, could be the perfect place to relocate for families from war-torn Ukraine.
But the vacancy rate in the area of less than 1% is presenting a problem.
So local residents have opened their doors, temporarily housing Ukranian refugees in their own homes and community spaces, including an old convent in nearby Molong.
Read the story from the ABC here.
31 years since independence and 6 months since the Russian invasion, Ukranians still yearning for peace
Ukranian refugee Anna Kolieda has spoken with SBS about the difficult decision she made to leave her home country and move to Australia when the realisation hit the war would drag on for some time.
Ms Kolieda told SBS her and her family were living one day at a time and that all Ukranians who made the same choice as her to leave had to start from scratch.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reaffirmed solidarity with Ukraine, saying the two countries will celebrate “the bonds of humanity though which we will surely find the peace we seek.”
Read the SBS story here.
Push to bring Ukranian refugees to Edward River amid worker shortages
Lachlan Marshall owns and runs a dairy farm in Blightly in southern New South Wales. The farm has 900 cows which need to be milked 3 times daily.
Now he is leading a push to bring Ukranian refugees to work on his farm and in the Edward River Council region amid staff shortages caused by COVID-19.
“It’s a tough time over there, people are doing it really trough and if there’s an opportunity for me to help out, help them and help ourselves at the same time, well, why can’t we all come together and solve a problem?” Mr Marshall told the ABC for its report.
Read the story from the ABC here.
Police have found two bodies outside Bucha, one showing signs of possible torture
According to Sky News, police searching a woodland for mines just outside Bucha found two men who have clearly been dead for months with one of the bodies showing signs of possible torture.
Andriy Niebytov, Kyiv Region police chief, told Sky News physical injuries were observed on the body, “…his hands are tied with a hat on his head and tape around his neck.”
Police say they have receive exhumed eighteen bodies in this small area.
Read the Sky News story here.
Ukraine at UN: We need a Nuremberg-style war crimes trial
NEW YORK — As world leaders gather for the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Ukraine’s government hopes to use the event to press its case for a special tribunal to prosecute war crimes.
With the war in Ukraine set to dominate proceedings, and new evidence of mass killings emerging in recent days, Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s administration sees a window of opportunity to turn global diplomatic opinion. It wants backing for a Nuremberg-style trial to be established to investigate atrocities committed by Russian troops.
Read the Politico story here.