Hundreds gather at state Capitol to rally support for Ukraine

A whole lot gathered on the state Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis on Saturday to face with Ukraine. (Jackson Grimm, KSL-TV)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A whole lot gathered on the state Capitol Saturday in a rally to face with Ukraine.

“Consider us. Our individuals are being killed; youngsters are being killed by the aggression of Russia,” Iryna Kavetska mentioned.

Kavetska, who has lived in Salt Lake County for 13 years, pleaded for the protection of her household in Ukraine.

“Just about my complete household is again house. My father, my grandparents and nice grandma, my cousins and uncles — everybody who I like is there,” she mentioned, including that her household is now beneath curfew to try to shield their metropolis.

“They’re turning off the lights at 8 p.m. to not give any probabilities of our (opponents) hurting us,” Kavetska mentioned.

A gaggle, initially from Moscow, spoke to KSL-TV throughout Saturday’s gathering.

“The very last thing we may do right this moment was simply sit house and do nothing. We understand by standing right here, we might not change every little thing, however we need to present our assist — the solidarity that we stand for Ukraine, for what is true, and what’s simply.”

Nadia Pavlova-Caldwell is a Russian-American. She got here to the rally together with her husband and 4-year-old son.

“Russians need to be free from this president; nobody is proud of Putin,” she mentioned. “If tens of millions will exit to the road and inform, yell and scream … after all they’ll ship you to the jail, however not the tens of millions. Not sufficient house,” she mentioned.

These attending the rally spoke of the obvious Russian disinformation marketing campaign.

“It is designed to make Ukrainians look violent. It’s propaganda that hides the reality,” Tyler Caldwell mentioned.

Ukrainian-People had a plea for American authorities officers.

“Our principal concern is: shut and shield the sky. After that, the Ukrainian military will defend themselves,” Kavetska mentioned. “Being so distant from household, this rally is how we might help to reunite collectively. We will reunite for freedom, for peace in the entire world.”

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