"I think we're all shocked even though it was expected," Roman Suchyj told the Halifax Courier of the reaction to the news from the town's Ukrainian community.
"Horrified at the cold bloodedness of Putin's actions when countries were still trying a diplomatic approach.
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"We are all concerned because we have relatives and friends throughout Ukraine.
"No one wants to see anyone hurt or killed or a country destroyed.
"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Ukraine, to the brave troops and the Ukrainian Government. We stand with Ukraine."