As Russia continues its invasion and destruction of Ukraine, people around the world are gathering via rallies and marches to show their support for Ukrainians.
On Monday, Feb. 28, Cincinnatians can demonstrate their solidarity during a March for Ukraine event. The march will step off from Fountain Square at 3 p.m. and proceed toward Cincinnati City Hall, where Mayor Aftab Pureval reportedly will speak at 4 p.m.
Pureval has previously tweeted his support for Ukraine, saying, "Cincinnati stands with you."
Today, we pray for the people of Ukraine — in our sister city of Kharkiv and across the nation.— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) February 24, 2022
Cincinnati stands with you.
According to organizers on the March for Ukraine's Facebook event page, "The purpose of the march is to raise awareness amongst the people locally and nationally, as well as help people in Ukraine by any means."
Get event details at facebook.com.
Marches and rallies to support Ukraine have been held across Ohio, including in Loveland, Cleveland and Columbus.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared Sunday a Day of Prayer for Ukraine and recently stopped the purchase and sale of all Russian vodka in the state. The Ukrainian flag also flew at both the Ohio Statehouse and at DeWine's personal home "to further show support for those under attack in Ukraine and for Ohio's Ukrainian population," according to a release.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, with widespread military action and shelling across the country. The United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that as of 5 p.m. Feb. 26, there have been "at least 240 civilian casualties, including at least 64 dead," with a comment that they believe "real figures are considerably higher."
On this Day of Prayer in Ohio, Fran and I attended Sunday church service at St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church in Parma to stand in solidarity with Ohio's Ukrainian community. #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/2LXxkNI9J0— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) February 27, 2022
There has been significant damage to homes and infrastructure in Ukraine. The U.N. reports that "more than 160,000 people had been internally displaced and more than 116,000 forced to flee into neighboring countries" as a result. They say that the war could result in as many as 5 million refugees in a worst-case scenario.
According to CNN, the first round of negotiations between Russia and the Ukraine ended on Monday and both parties have now returned to their capitals to discuss topics, including a ceasefire. As the talks ended, large explosions were apparently heard in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. CBS News and other outlets reported that Russians also bombed Ukraine's second-largest city of Kharkiv, which is Cincinnati's sister city.
On Sunday, the Washington Post published a list of vetted organizations where Americans can donate to support Ukraine.