Evacuated Ukrainian students start studying Japanese

Ukrainian university students who fled to Japan to escape Russia's invasion have started learning Japanese.

Ten students from establishments including the Lviv Polytechnic National University in western Ukraine arrived in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, last month. They are being assisted by a Japanese language school in the prefectural capital Maebashi City.

The students attended their first language lesson on Monday and learned simple greetings, such as "good morning" and "hello" in Japanese.

The students then introduced themselves and talked about things they like in Japanese.

They are expected to study Japanese for three months. The school will also help them settle in Japan and find a job.

Sofiia Katsan told reporters in Japanese that she is Ukrainian, she is 18-years-old and she likes Ukraine.

She added in English that she had studied Japanese language at her university in Ukraine.

She said that she found Japanese culture interesting and different compared to her own country.

She added that she loves Japanese cuisine.