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‘Imagine all the people living life in peace’: Ukrainian youths still believe in harmony

By Lorena Cristea

A month has passed since Russia President Vladimir Putin sent its troops to Ukraine and
attacked the territories of Kyiv, Kharkiv and many more. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, hosted a
march and vigil from Park Lane to Trafalgar Square this Saturday as a sign of respect for those
affected by the war.

Demonstration at Trafalgar Square against the Russian aggression towards Ukraine. Credit: Lorena Cristea

Many people decided to show their opposition on the aggression by protesting. The said that the mental health of many Ukrainians is declining as the future of their country is put in danger.

Those living in the UK are anxious about the situation of their families who have remained in Ukraine, as what is currently happening in their motherland is disturbing and heart-breaking, they said.

“Peace is definitely the option, but to get this, we need to beat this war,” said 30-year-old Ana, who is a Ukrainian data analyst and was attending the demonstration.

Ukraine’s younger generations believe that peace is still the option. Nevertheless, they have noticed so much support from the media coverage in both Europe and the USA during these difficult times.

On social media, people are gathering to support Ukrainians as well, as the hashtag #LondonStandsWithUkraine has been trending on Twitter for a couple of hours.

Crowd of people manifesting against Vladimir Putin. Credit: Lorena Cristea

Anastasia is a 19-year-old Ukrainian who studies in the UK and describes the events on her country as being stressful.

“The first week I was mostly crying and not knowing what to do, where to go or who to, and ask help,” she said, adding that both she and her peers are praying for peace, but still live in uncertainty.

Famous musician Yoko Ono has been directly involved in supporting Ukrainians.

“Imagine peace” is a manifesto whose main purpose is to support nonviolent protests against war.

It bloomed back in 1969 and has risen again in solidarity for those who suffer in Ukraine.

People can buy the new time-limited silkscreen print on her official website, where 100% of the
print proceeds will be donated to CERF.