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Saturday marks two years since Russia invaded Ukraine. Since then, thousands of war refugees have made Montreal their home.

Refugees like Andrii Vietrohon, who left his hometown of Odesa to join in his mother in Quebec.

“I feel safe and secure here, and I feel my future [is] here,” he told CTV News.

The 25-year-old works as a knitter, making hats and scarves during the day and attending French class at night.

Je comprends un peu en français, and it’s going okay,” he said.

Vietrohon arrived in Montreal in December 2022 on a visitor’s visa. The federal government has issued hundreds of thousands of them for Ukrainians who want to work or study in Canada while they wait for the war to end.

“My understanding is that there is over 220,000 in Canada, and about 10 per cent of that, or about 22,000, would be in Quebec,” said Eugene Czolij, honorary consul of Ukraine in Montreal.

Czolij said that while most Ukrainians …

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