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The Winnipeg sign at The Forks lit blue and yellow in support of Ukraine | Photo courtesy of Mayor Brian Bowman

CBC The Current: Safe in Winnipeg, these Ukrainians still hold out hope for the war at home

February 12, 2024 — 

Manitoba has long been home to a vibrant Ukrainian community, with 180,000 people who identify as Ukrainian. Newcomer Olha Kushniryk said that’s been a big help with settling in.

“It was important not just to talk in Ukrainian,” said Kushniryk, 35, who came to Winnipeg in June of last year, and now teaches chemistry part time at the University of Manitoba.

“It was important to meet somebody who is from Ukraine or who knows Ukraine, who has Ukraine in his heart. And who can just support because he understands what we feel.”

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