Statement of the AUGB Board of Directors on the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine


Over the last year, since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, everyone has been shocked by the atrocities that have unfolded
before our eyes. There has been sadness, trauma and tears, but in spite of everything, Ukraine, its defenders and its people have
been resilient, strong and have shown a firm belief that Ukraine will overcome.

These two poems have been written by children from very different backgrounds, with very different experiences
of peace and war, but both affirm that hope unites and is always with us – a flower amongst branches of thorns.
National moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the full scale invasion of Ukraine.
On Friday 24 February 2023 at 11.00 am, the Lord Mayor (Cllr Martin Love) will attend a national moment of silence, which will be observed locally in front of City Hall, on Centenary Square, Bradford, to mark the first anniversary of the full scale invasion of Ukraine.

This will be an opportunity to reflect on the thousands of Ukrainians who have been killed defending their freedom, and the millions who have been forced from their homes by the Russian onslaught and to pay tribute to the courage, determination and resolve of the Ukrainian people.

The thoughts of all will be with members of the Ukrainian community in our district who have family and friends in the war-torn region. We will also remember those Ukrainians who have found refuge here after fleeing the conflict and the local families who have offered their help.

It is anticipated that those attending will begin to gather by 10:50 am.

All are warmly welcome to attend
As we approach 365 days of Ukrainian Resistance to full scale invasion there are a series of events planned to commemorate the occasion.
Events are also taking place across the country so for those not in Bradford please do attend an event local to you, and show Ukraine that the world continues to support the courage, determination and resolve of the Ukrainian people
Today it has been announced that a national minute’s silence will take place at 11am on Friday 24 February to mark the one-year anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. This will be a national moment to pay tribute to the bravery of Ukrainians and highlight the UK’s solidarity with the country as they continue their courageous fight and following the historic visit of President Zelenskyy to the UK last week.
Details here
PyvoFest returns following its Covid enforced absence. Featuring beers from across Ukraine, from its supportive neighbours, local breweries, plus of course our gin snug, prosecco bar and our famous vodka shack!
Both nights feature entertainment and live music, and of course Ukrainian food will be served throughout
The event will be raising funds for Humanitarian causes in Ukraine as well as for our “Razom” fund supporting local refugees.
Tickets available from Friday 23rd September at 9am
Further details to be announced.

We are delighted to be working with Neptune Brewery to support Ukraine

Monies from sales of Razom will be going to support the DEC in Ukraine and to support Разом – Razom, our Help Yourself Shop for Ukrainian Refugees

Available in cans and on draught.


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Bradford Ukrainian Club hosted a garden party to honour 30th years of the Independence in Ukrainian! A fabulous time had by all celebrating this special day! Plus a great way to reopen the club after the COVID-19 closer.


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Press notice – 30 Anniversary Ukraine’s Independence 24 August 1991.

Thirty years ago, on 24 August 1991, Ukraine’s Parliament issued a Declaration of Independence, which was subsequently confirmed in a referendum on 1 December by an overwhelming 92.3% of Ukrainians on a national turnout of over 84%. This included over 80% of those who voted in eastern provinces of Ukraine and well over 50% of those in Crimea.

The last 30 years have shown the determination of Ukrainians to fight for their independence and create a new future based on European values and respect for social justice and human rights. In 2004 and again in 2014, the Ukrainian people showed that they would never give up their identity as a sovereign nation, even at the cost of their own lives.

While we celebrate today, our celebrations are tinged with sadness – for the lives lost defending Ukraine from Russia’s war in the east, for our Crimean Tatar brothers and sisters whose human rights are being violated following Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, and for all those who have lost their families and homes from Russia’s continued and unwarranted aggression. We also acknowledge the help and practical support Ukraine has received from the UK Government, amongst others, to strengthen our defensive capabilities and develop Ukraine’s democratic institutions.

Ukraine stands on the border between the democratic West and the totalitarian Russian state. It reminds us that democracy and respect for human rights is a cause that is worth fighting for. As the Ukrainian national anthem says: We will lay down our souls and our lives for our freedom.

On this day we stand heart and soul in solidarity with Ukrainians everywhere as we say Glory to Ukraine!

This weekend we celebrate Easter, no doubt the smell of baking Paska will soon be in every Ukrainian home. Please see below the schedule for masses at the Ukrainian Catholic Church on Park View Road:

Good Friday 30th April
Laying of the Shroud – 11am
Jerusalem Matins – 6pm

Holy Saturday 1st May
Blessing of the Baskets – 11am
Removal of the Shroud – 5pm
Blessing of the Baskets – 6pm

Easter Sunday 2nd May
Easter Mass – 10am

Please note Covid measures are in place, including Social Distancing, Track and Trace, and One Way Systems. There is a capacity limit, masses are limited to 1 hour, with no singing from the congregation.