PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With tensions rising along Ukraine’s border with Russia, local Ukrainians in our region are banding together. A rally is being planned for this weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This rally is taking place on Sunday afternoon. After this they will march till Love Park.
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Those who spoke with CBS3 say keeping Russia out of Ukraine is about maintaining their independence.
“We are concerned about Ukraine as if we were Ukrainians in Ukraine,” said Gene Luciev, the president of the Ukrainian Congressional Committee of America in Philadelphia.
Escalating tensions with Russia have raised concerns among some in the local Ukrainian community. The Philadelphia area is home to thousands of people of Ukrainian descent.
“We have a beautiful culture, a beautiful society and we are the guarantors. We are strong and we guarantee other people’s freedoms and we want Americans to think that this Ukraine is exactly the type of country that is guaranteed by that.” Worth it, ”said Luciev.
Russia recently announced new military exercises, sending more equipment such as surface-to-air missile system units to neighboring countries. The fear is that if Ukraine is occupied, Russia will not stop.
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“Whatever they want, they want to be a free country. They don’t want to be part of the Soviet Union that Putin so desperately tries to rebuild. They just want to be free,” said Honorary Consul in Philadelphia or Ukraine Irina Mazur said.
The Archbishop of the Archbishop of Philadelphia is visiting Ukraine. But the Church at Northern Liberties is asking you to pray, so that you can be informed of the conflict, and support for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
Ukraine has been at war with Russia since 2014 – only after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.
And as the locals watch from some 5,000 miles away, they can only pray for the survival of their country.
“I have no doubt that Ukraine will exist because it is not possible to kill what is right,” Mazur said.
A bipartisan congressional delegation is visiting Ukraine. It consists of three local representatives.
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As far as the rally is concerned, it will start at 2 pm on Sunday.