Ukrainian teacher calls Russian invasion a ‘crime against humanity’ at event in central Japan






Kseniya Fomichova speaks from her hometown of Kharkiv in Ukraine, currently overrun by Russian troops, in Kofu, Yamanashi prefecture, March 2, 2022. (Mainichi/Keisuke Umeda)

KOFU — A Ukrainian teacher called for “sharing and spreading the fact that (the Russian military invasion) is a crime against humanity” during a March 2 rally at a private school in this central city of Japan where about 70 students and teachers prayed for peace.

Teachers and staff at Yamanashi Eiwa High School in Kofu, Yamanashi Prefecture, organized the event in which Kseniya Fomichova, 40, a teacher at the missionary school in the city of Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine, appealed. Participants lit candles outside the school’s main gate and prayed for Ukrainians.

After reading the Bible, Fomichova read a message saying, “Your knowledge of the situation in Ukraine will help us.” Referring to her hometown of Kharkiv where her parents are located and where Russian troops have attacked the state building and residential areas, she said: “Missiles are flying at our homes, in hospitals and in our hearts. .

Fomichova also expressed her gratitude saying, “I and my country have received love and support from all parts of the world, regardless of religion.”

“I also don’t want young Russians sent to Ukraine to die,” she said.

(Japanese original by Keisuke Umeda, Kofu Bureau)

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