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Phoenix Ukrainian Catholic church supporting parishioners, sending aid

A Phoenix Ukrainian Catholic church has spent the past week reaching out to parishioners with ties to Ukraine.

St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox President Victor Szwez says the church is keeping its doors open as often as possible.

“We’ve started opening up our church in the evenings, we have it open as much as we can. Last night we were open, tonight we’ll be open, tomorrow we’ll be open,” said Szwez.

Szwez says he’s spoken to parishioners with immediate family in Ukraine, and that the church is beginning efforts to send humanitarian aid.

“You just keep getting reports, more and more people are dying, more and more people are injured, more destruction is happening, I mean it’s just continuous shelling, pretty much around the clock. It’s hard to watch,” said Szwez.

Szwez says one parishioner told him a story of bombs going off near their mother’s house.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.