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UK regional press renews support for Ukraine a year after invasion

The UK regional press has renewed its support for Ukraine one year on from Russia’s invasion.

Daily newspapers across the country have marked the occasion with in-depth reports and front pages sharing their support for the under-attack country.

In Southampton, the Southern Daily Echo dedicated a week of intense reporting to the aftermath of the invasion.

As part of its coverage, led by trainee reporter Jose Ramos, the Echo splashed on Tuesday on the plight of Ukrainian couple Natallia Keasutska and her husband Viktor who have been told by landlords they must pay £7,000 – six months’ rental deposit – up front to move.

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The couple currently live with Natallia’s sister-in-law having fled Ukraine but are finding it difficult to move, and fear they have been asked to pay so much as they are refugees.

Echo editor Ben Fishwick told HTFP: “I thought it was only right to dedicate significant time in the newsroom to shining a spotlight on the lives of people from Ukraine who are now living in Southampton.

“This is something we continually report on – from people who have left the area to fight, refugees made homeless and the charitable efforts here – but it was important to focus even more on this issue over the course of a week to remind people that there are many difficulties still to resolve.

“The people Jose has spoken to for this series has also shown just how welcoming the city of Southampton has been to those who fled war.”

The Echo has previously offered work experience stints to would-be journalists from Ukraine who have fled the war, while its publisher Newsquest ran a £33,000 fundraiser called There With Ukraine across all of its titles last year.

The Northern Echo, another Newsquest daily, splashed on Friday on the anniversary of the invasion with a message of support for Ukraine.

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And National World daily The Scotsman ran a special front page wraparound showing the devastation caused in Kyiv by the war.

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