Adults and children gathered at the St Andrews Ukrainian Catholic Church in Lidcombe about 9.30am to pray for the victims and their families.

A woman wiping tears from her eyes at St Andrews Ukrainian Church in Lidcombe today where people from the Ukrainian community prayed for the victims who perished after the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines MH17.
Lilia Matiouk, who migrated to Australia from the Ukraine 20 years ago, wept as Father Simon Ckuj prayed for those lost in the devastating crash.
Ms Matiouk said after the vigil she had been “deeply affected” by the plane crash. “It’s not supposed to happen… All the people, even children, who are
dead,” she said. “Russia has been pushing on us for so long, it’s just not right to have somebody come into your country and try to take it. “And now all these innocent people have died.”

During the service, Father Ckuj urged the crowd to pray for justice for the victims.
“The events of yesterday have shaken us deeply,” he said. “Bad people do bad things and it’s the innocent ones who are hurt.” Ukrainian Federarion public affairs director Pete Shmigel said the community was “shocked and devastated” by the attack. 

The Ukrainian community will hold a protest rally at 2pm today.

Picture Tim Hunter Source: News Corp Australia
[Father Simon Ckuj leading the service at St Andrews Ukrainian Church in Lidcombe today wh]