A WEEKEND of events will take place to mark two years since the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.

The weekend, entitled 'Stay with Ukraine, will begin on Saturday, February 24, with a gathering at the War Memorial in the Market Square, which will consist of prayers and singing of the national anthem.

Later in the day, a film screening of 'Schedryk, Carol of the Bells', hosted by the Ukrainian Community United will be held from 6pm at the Performing Arts Centre at Godolphin School.

Refreshments and a photographic exhibition by Anastasiia Atamanchuk will commence at 6pm, followed by the film screening at 7pm, with the night culminating with reflections on the film and a question and answer session at 9pm.

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On Sunday, February 25, a series of workshops will be held at St Martin's Church throughout the day, beginning with a childrens' workshop at 11.15am, followed by a teenagers' workshop at 1.15pm and an adults' workshop at 3.15pm.

Salisbury Journal: 'Stay with Ukraine''Stay with Ukraine' (Image: Jane Ebel)

Organiser Jane Ebel said: "As you are very aware, the weekend of February 24 is the second anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

"Last year we were incredibly fortunate to host the Standing with Giants installation for the whole month while the Ukrainian community held two remarkable stalls to raise funds for the hospitals supporting both soldiers and civilians. 

"There was a real feeling of energy and hope, with Ukrainian soldiers being trained on Salisbury Plain and the counter-offensive yet to begin.

"This year, the mood feels different and there is an understandable anxiety, fragility and urgency within the community. They need our support more than ever this month and in the months to come.

"We would be delighted if you could join us for the weekend and hope very much that you can share the attached events with your colleagues and friends."