Ukrainian Immigrants Living In North Texas Gather To Protest Russia Invasion – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
ALLEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Ukrainian immigrants in North Texas on Thursday, Feb. 24, protested the Russia invasion of their dwelling nation.
They braved a brutally chilly day to face for greater than an hour on a frozen overpass.
But it was a small sacrifice in comparison with what they are saying their associates and family members are experiencing 6,000 miles away.
“I don’t assume being right here it’s that unhealthy. Being over there with all of the missiles going over is far worse,” stated Ganna Zarate of McKinney.
Zarate organized this demonstration of about three dozen Ukrainian immigrants over Exchange Parkway in Allen.
“We are attempting to cease the warfare, hold peace and inform Russia to again off,” Zarate stated.
The protesters stated they need extra from the U.S. to cease the invasion, together with more durable sanctions than these imposed Thursday, extra army gear and if needed, even American troops.
That’s as a result of Ukrainians who’ve resettled in Texas, like Larisa Marsala, who lives in Dallas, fear that communication will quickly be minimize off, possibly indefinitely, together with her 93-year-old grandmother and different family members nonetheless over there.
“I’m afraid I’ll lose the flexibility to talk with any of them, talk with any of them,” stated Marsala. “I don’t know if they are going to flee or if they are going to be arrested, anyone might be killed.”
Dima Bondar runs a check prep enterprise right here in Texas and in his native Ukraine. He’s involved concerning the security of his workers there who’re making an attempt to get out.
“Some of them are in a shelter someplace with their youngsters, a few of them ready in Kiev, a few of them left by water to Poland,” stated Bondar.
As the photographs of warfare from Kyiv and different cities in Ukraine make their approach right here, it solely provides to the stress of those that pleading for assist.
“We want army assist, we’d like monetary assist in any other case we’ll see a brand new Soviet Union near all these European nations.”
Also Thursday night time, the downtown Dallas skyline was lit in blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukraine flag.
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted the photograph together with “#StandWithUkraine.”
— Mayor Eric Johnson (@Johnson4Dallas) February 25, 2022