Camilla breaks down in tears after visiting a Ukrainian church

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  • The Duchess of Cornwall visited the church in West London yesterday.

    The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles paid an emotional visit to a Ukrainian Catholic church in Mayfair yesterday.

    The royal couple visited Holy Family Cathedral near London’s Bond Street yesterday to meet and hear the stories of Ukrainian refugees fleeing war and government officials.

    Camilla shed silent tears repeatedly after listening to the harrowing stories of refugees, whose families and home lives had been torn apart since the Russian invasion a week ago. Charles and Camilla listened quietly like a choir of children and mothers singing for their country, in a moving scene.

    A spokesperson said yesterday: ‘No one could fail to be moved by the appalling scenes of Ukrainians fleeing their homes and the Duchess wanted to help in any way possible.

    Camilla hugged Inna Prystaiko, wife of Ukraine’s ambassador, telling her she was “praying” for her and her compatriots.

    The Prince of Wales accepted a ‘Stop Putin’ placard from a small child and was moved to pay tribute to the ‘extraordinary bravery, generosity and courage of the Ukrainian community’, delivering an impromptu speech to the assembled crowd.

    “I must say that my wife and I were deeply moved by everything we heard today during our visit and especially by the extraordinary bravery, generosity and courage of the Ukrainian community in the face of such terrible aggression.
    “So if I may say so, our thoughts and prayers, however inadequate, are with you all at this most critical time.”

    He ended his address by shouting “Slava Ukraine!”, which means “Glory to Ukraine!”. The assembled guests responded with a “Slava heroyam”, “Glory to the heroes!”

    The Royals’ visit came as the situation in Ukraine deteriorated and Russian troops took control of Kherson, a naval port in southern Ukraine and the first city to fall.

    A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ukraine, with the United Nations now saying more than a million refugees have fled the country since the Russian invasion began a week ago.

    More than a million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began last Thursday, according to the UN, with more than 500,000 heading for neighboring Poland.

    Meanwhile, an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Ukraine has been opened by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

    Martha J. Finley