A UKRAINIAN refugee has carried out work experience with an Oxfordshire MP.

Yaroslav Kryvoshyia left Ukraine last year after Russia invaded, and is one of many living in the village of North Moreton.

David Johnston, who represents Wantage and Didcot, had previously assisted North Moreton residents with securing visas for the refugees they were sponsoring and has visited the village on several occasions since.

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Mr Kryvoshyia first met Johnston after the MP arranged for a group of Ukrainian refugees to visit Parliament in July 2022 where he offered to provide him and other young people in the group with work experience.

Since then, Mr Kryvoshyia has assisted the MP and his team with various parliamentary tasks, attended meetings with the MP and was able to watch several debates in the House of Commons, including a debate on Russia and Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr Johnston said: “It was a pleasure for me and my team to host Yaroslav in Westminster last week.

“He is a hard worker and has a bright future ahead of him. I am glad that he found his time here rewarding.”

Mr Kryvoshyia said: “Working with David Johnston and his team was truly fascinating, as I got to know how well the Government responds to internal and external problems.

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“The opportunity to have work experience really shows how open the Government is to the people. I enjoyed exploring Westminster and watching the debates and committee meetings they had.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and Wantage.

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