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Ukraine invasion / Shetlanders asked to support Ukraine at vigil on Saturday

SHETLAND residents will have the opportunity to show their solidarity with the people of Ukraine at a vigil held at the Lerwick Market Cross at 1pm on Saturday.

It is being organised through a campaign set up by North Isles councillor Ryan Thomson, who hopes for as many people as possible to come out to demonstrate that “we are with them in their terrifying hour of need”.

In a short message on social media Thomson continued: “Please share this event with everyone you can, invite your friends and attend if you can with everyone you know.

“It’s time to show Ukraine and show the world that Shetland stands with Ukraine.”

Two local appeals to raise funds to help the population affected by the Russian invasion have seen set up in the recent days.

It comes as UN reports this morning (Thursday) that number of refugees from Ukraine has reached the one million mark.

Hamnavoe resident Kate Niesciur is fundraising for UNICEF Ukraine while councillor Thomson’s Shetland Stands with Ukraine campaign will go towards the Red Cross Ukraine crisis appeal.

Please see also Jen Stout’s account of leaving Russia earlier this week through the link below.

‘Ужас is a word I heard a lot recently. It means horror’