Utah Ukrainian Association organizing rally, resources to stand with Ukraine

A lady holds her child as she will get on a bus leaving Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday. An area group is organizing assist for Ukraine, giving Utahns and people with family and friends in Ukraine a approach to assist, half a world away. (Emilio Morenatti, Related Press)

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SALT LAKE CITY — An area group is organizing assist for Ukraine, giving Utahns and people with family and friends in Ukraine a approach to assist, half a world away.

The Utah Ukrainian Affiliation already coordinates humanitarian help to Ukraine and goals to unfold consciousness of Ukrainian tradition within the Beehive State.

Eugene is a part of that Ukrainian group and has lived in the USA since coming to Utah in 1995 to go to varsity. He lives right here now along with his spouse and 2-year-old daughter, and Eugene’s mom and sister stay right here as nicely.

However he defined that the remainder of his household, together with his dad, aunts, uncles and cousins, all stay in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, which is a metropolis close to Odesa and the Black Sea within the southern a part of the nation.

Eugene visits each couple of years and flew on the market final summer season along with his spouse and child. Photos from the journey present a enjoyable time visiting all his relations.

Eugene, right, visits his family in Ukraine.
Eugene, proper, visits his household in Ukraine. (Picture: Household picture)

It is a far cry from the photographs and video Eugene has been taking a look at on-line, exhibiting bombings, chaos and households fleeing from his dwelling nation.

“It has been onerous simply to observe folks die for no motive,” Eugene mentioned, as tears welled in his eyes. “This mindless warfare is simply so tough.”

His dad and prolonged relations are OK for now, and Eugene hopes it stays that approach. However being so removed from his unique dwelling has left Eugene feeling helpless.

“Particularly being in a foreign country, the place there’s nothing you are able to do personally to defend your nation aside from look on the information and possibly put up some articles,” he expressed.

Eugene is concerned within the Utah Ukrainian Affiliation, a corporation that desires to assist bridge that hole by posting sources and respected organizations Utahns can donate to, in addition to internet hosting a rally for folks to collect.

Eugene and his household plan to attend the Assist Motion for Ukraine #StandWithUkraine rally Saturday on the state Capitol.

“Simply to inform the world that we’re for peace and we would like this warfare to cease, and all the things we will do in our energy,” Eugene mentioned. “And it isn’t about one nationality, Ukrainians — it is all folks coming collectively, Ukrainians and Russians, and simply saying, ‘That is sufficient.'”

Eugene could also be removed from household and the place he as soon as known as dwelling, however he will not have to face up for peace by himself.

“I feel which means loads to me, and to my household, and to our group simply to know that we’re not alone,” Eugene mentioned. “That there are American folks and different nationalities who care about Ukrainian struggling, and what they are going via.”

The Assist Motion for Ukraine, #StandWithUkraine rally hosted by the Utah Ukrainian Affiliation is deliberate for Saturday on the state Capitol from midday to three p.m.

The Utah Ukrainian Affiliation additionally shared names of locations they contemplate respected to donate* to, with the next record:

  • Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), for humanitarian help
  • United Assist Ukraine, for donating medical provides to Ukraine’s entrance strains
  • Revived Troopers Ukraine, for therapy of wounded troopers and the availability of hospitals
  • Razom for Ukraine, for tactical medical coaching and emergency response in Ukraine
  • Nova Ukraine, for humanitarian help
  • Sunflower of Peace, for tactical drugs
  • Hromada, for youngsters whose mother and father gave lives within the Russian-Ukrainian warfare in japanese Ukraine

“Donate to charity organizations that immediately assist Ukraine and Ukrainians,” the Utah Ukrainian Affiliation wrote. “All of the listed charities are registered within the USA and are 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations. Donations and presents are tax-deductible to the total extent allowable underneath IRS laws.”

*KSL.com doesn’t guarantee that the cash deposited to the account can be utilized for the good thing about the individuals named as beneficiaries. If you’re contemplating a deposit to the account, it’s best to seek the advice of your personal advisers and in any other case proceed at your personal danger.

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