The flag of Ukraine was raised outside the Clarence City Council chambers at the end of June to acknowledge and celebrate an important day in the Ukranian calendar, Constitution Day.
The Council also held a Mayoral reception to recognise the day, to show its support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine and the local Ukranian community.
The Constitution of Ukraine was adopted by the parliament on 28 June 1996, and is still a symbol of unity, strength and the collective will of the Ukranian people.
Members of the Tasmanian Ukranian community joined other invited guests at the Clarence event, which included a poignant video detailing the history and present terrible circumstances of those living in one of Ukraine’s oldest cities, Chernihiv.
Diana Piontek was born in Chernihiv. She shared her family’s moving story from the beginning of the war in Ukraine, with the city sadly being one of the first bombed by Russian troops.
Diana spoke of how their lives have dramatically changed, and how Ukrainians have maintained strength and resilience in the most terrifying and trying conditions.
Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley said those who attended the event left with an intense spirit of respect, hope and solidarity for the people of Ukraine and the future of their independent nation.
“Throughout history, Ukraine has faced numerous challenges and hardships and as we are all too aware, today the people of Ukraine continue to strive and fight for a better tomorrow,” he said.
“On Ukrainian Constitution Day, we pay tribute to the spirit of the people of Ukraine, and acknowledge the sacrifices being made in continuing to fight in pursuit of a sovereignty and independence.”