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Ukrainian group in Chicago prays for families overseas, speaks out against Russian invasion


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As Russian forces continue on their assault in Ukraine, people of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood are rallying against the invasion and praying for their family members overseas. 

Students from Saint Nicholas Elementary walked from college to the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Chicago for a exclusive provider on Thursday. A lot of young children in attendance had been viewing the developments abroad in panic of relatives associates who live in Ukraine. 

A person eighth-grader instructed FOX 32 Chicago that his cousins – close to the very same age as him – had been in Ukraine and had been completely ready to defend it. 

“In my impression, it is pretty scary, I never know how they feel since they dwell there and go to college there,” the university student mentioned. “Now they have to do what they can do to hold themselves alive.”

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Family users also shared cell phone video clips of explosions that rocked the nation in the course of the whole-scale invasion. 

Police officers inspect area after an apparent Russian strike in Kyiv Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

Law enforcement officers inspect spot immediately after an clear Russian strike in Kyiv Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.
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“All Ukrainians have been up all evening looking at the news,” said Geri Abramiuk, supervisor of the Ukrainian Cultural Heart in Chicago. “It’s really, incredibly unhappy.”

A U.S. protection formal said the attack started with a Russian missile barrage of about 100 intermediate-variety, shorter-variety, and cruise missiles that came from the land, air, and sea, in accordance to a report launched Thursday by the Division of Defense. 

The official noted that Russian forces were being in the preliminary phase of the invasion of Ukraine and ended up attacking as a result of three corridors. There was battling inside of 20 miles of the centre of the cash Kyiv, as perfectly as combating all around the eastern town of Kharkiv and in the southern component of the state. 

“It is really our evaluation that [Russian forces] have each and every intention of mainly, decapitating the governing administration and putting in their very own approach of governance, which would make clear these early moves in the direction of Kyiv,” the unnamed formal said in the report. 

On Thursday afternoon in Chicago, a rally was held at Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church which noticed people — who collected on the steps of the church and close by streets — carrying Ukrainian flags and indications. 

A rally was held at Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago on Thursday afternoon.

A rally was held at Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago on Thursday afternoon.
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All those in attendance expressed problem and anger. Some termed for harsher sanctions than the new types President Biden introduced earlier on Thursday, the station reported. 

“How much much more Ukrainian blood has to be drop to make them pay? Now is the time, unleash the sanctions, quit the war. Prevent Russia’s economy. Nowadays, there should be motion by the United Nations,” reported Pavlo Bandriwsky, Vice President of Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Illinois Division, in accordance to FOX 32 Chicago. 

Those in attendance at the rally in Chicago on Thursday expressed concern and anger.

Those in attendance at the rally in Chicago on Thursday expressed concern and anger.
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Biden stated the sanctions, in coordination with a coalition of other nations, would concentrate on a lot more key Russian banking companies and make it tougher for Russia to do business in bucks, Euros, kilos, and yen. The sanctions will also goal Russian elites and limit the borrowing possibilities for 13 Russian entities and enterprises. There will also be “new restrictions” on what can be exported to Russia, Biden said.

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The Chicago community has been protesting for months. A vigil will be held Thursday evening to honor lives missing during the invasion. 

WHD News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report

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