An image from a poster promoting the vigil.

Ukrainians killed by Russian invaders will be honored with a candle-lighting ceremony on Thursday evening at Northwestern University.

The 6 p.m. event, at Alice Millar Chapel on Sheridan Road, is sponsored by the Ukrainian Club at NU.

Organizer Sonya Voloboi, a sophomore, moved to the United States from Ukraine with her parents a decade ago, but still has family in what is now a war-torn nation.

The Thursday ceremony, Voloboi says, will be “an opportunity for the Northwestern and Evanston communities to remember Ukrainians lost to the war.”

Last month, Voloboi and several other Ukrainian students collected donations on campus, the funds going to help purchase medical supplies for Ukraine.

Ukranian students — Mariya Nemesh, Inna Sokolenko, Sonya Voloboi, Inessa Verbitsky and Valeriia Rohoza — collecting funds for medical supplies.

The United Nations reports more than 1,400 civilians had been killed in the war as of Sunday.

There have also been calls to try Russian leader Vladimir Putin as a war criminal, particularly after the discovery of what appears to by systematized killiing of civilians by Russian soldiers in the town of Bucha, where bodies were found in the street, and more than 100 were buried in a mass grave.

Besides the deaths and injuiries, more than four million Ukrainians have fled the country, creating a refugee crisis unseen in Europe since World War II.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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