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Ukrainian association holds fundraiser

Event was organized to help in deliver supplies to Ukraine
UCAY volunteer Grant Zazula with donated binoculars destined for Ukraine. (Elena Kozhevnikova/UCAY)

The Ukrainian-Canadian Association of the Yukon held a borsht fundraiser on Dec. 3.

The association said the fundraiser’s mission was to continue bringing medical and humanitarian supplies to Ukraine.

In a statement, the association said it is continuing to work in partnership with the municipal hospital in Yuzhnoukrains’k, Mykolaiv Oblast and Chortkiv, Whitehorse’s newest sister city.

Association president Jeff Sloychuk said that, as the war in Ukraine continues into a second winter, it is more important than ever that Ukrainian civilians and soldiers know they still have tangible and moral support from those who are living in safety.

“Ukraine is often slipping from our headlines, but the situations being endured by those in Ukraine are no less arduous, tragic and exhausting than before,” Sloychuk said in the statement. “Ukrainians continue to fight and die to be free of the oppressive, totalitarian, brutal and colonizing power that is modern Russia.”

Association treasurer Donna Reimchen said the fundraiser was well attended with more than 150 dishes sold at the venue.

Borsht is a traditional Ukrainian dish, primarily made with beets, beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, garlic and dill and served with a dollop of sour cream and rye bread.

The association has organized previous fundraisers and sent two separate delegations from the territory to Ukraine with medical and humanitarian aid, supported by the Whitehorse Firefighters Charitable Society.

The association said it will continue its mission for the Ukraine into 2024.

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