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Rally calls for peace in Ukraine

Judy Williams and Andrea Malysh speak in front of more than 60 people as they protest against Russia’s conflict with Ukraine Saturday in front of the Vernon Courthouse. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Judy Williams and Andrea Malysh speak in front of more than 60 people as they protest against Russia’s conflict with Ukraine Saturday in front of the Vernon Courthouse.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Local residents concerned about the conflict in Ukraine took to the streets.

More than 60 people attended a rally in support of the people of Ukraine in front of the Vernon Courthouse Saturday.

“The message was clear, ‘Putin, hands off Ukraine,’” said Andrea Malysh, a rally organizer.

The rally was initiated by Porter Johnson, one of Malysh’s young students in the Sadok Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.

“How would you feel if the country of your ancestors was bullied?” said Johnson, adding that he is saddened by what is happening in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress was represented by Judy Williams, who provided an update of the recent developments between Russia and the Ukrainian government in Crimea.

Many in attendance at the Vernon event stated they wish to do more for Ukraine.

“The Canada Ukraine Foundation is accepting charitable donations to support the humanitarian assistance required in Ukraine,” said Malysh.

“The foundation has already arranged for timely delivery of needed humanitarian assistance required on the ground when funds become available.”

Cheques made payable to CUF MaidanFund, along with your name and address, can be mailed to the Canada Ukraine Foundation, 203-952 Main St., Winnipeg, Man., R2W 3P4.

Donations can be made by credit card online at www.cufoundation.ca.

For more information, call 1-866-942-4627.

 

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