Wichita Falls lady hopes to rally help for Ukrainians amid invasion by Russia
WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — As the Russian navy continues its invasion of Ukraine, many all over the world are questioning what could possibly be subsequent for Ukraine and its folks.
Locally, a Wichita Falls resident with connections to the embattled nation has been involved with mates dwelling via the chaos.
Sarah Walton stated her time in Ukraine was peaceable and an expertise she’ll always remember, however after speaking to her mates in Ukraine, she stated if world leaders don ‘t step in quickly, peace for Ukraine will probably be a factor of the previous.
That’s the present actuality for residents of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the nation in a single day. Walton, a former Peace Corps volunteer who spent eight months in Ukraine, stated the nation has seen higher days.
“They are a tremendous folks,” Walton stated. “I selected Ukraine due to their historical past, due to the folks – they’re the stoic folks you think about if you hear about Ukraine.”
As tensions proceed to develop, Walton stated her mates in Ukraine inform her they’re making an attempt to not panic, however they’re nonetheless very afraid of what’s to return.
“Her actual phrases are the Russians have captured Chernobyl nuclear energy plant and are holding hostages; they’re able to all the pieces, and the catastrophe is inevitable for everybody,” Walton stated.
This invasion of Ukraine by Russia has been constructing for weeks, and now as Russia faces sanctions from different international locations just like the United States and Canada, Walton stated this gained’t be the top.
“Ukraine is not going to satiate Russia, it’s going to solely bolden them,” Walton stated. “They’ll hit Poland, they’ll hit Slovakia, they’ll hit Germany. There isn’t any stopping them if we don’t cease them right here.”
While Ukraine could seem hundreds of miles away from many people, we will nonetheless present solidarity.
“If you recognize somebody in Ukraine, message them and say, ‘Hey, we care, we’re watching, we don’t consider Russia. We wish to do one thing; how can we assist?’” Walton stated.
As the world retains its eyes on Ukraine within the coming days, Walton’s Ukrainian mates shared along with her a message:
“Tell the entire of America that we’re a peaceable nation and a peaceable nation. We wish to stay peacefully inside our personal borders; we all know what a struggle is like within the twenty first century, and we don’t need blood,” Walton stated.
As Ukraine and Russia proceed to navigate this unrest, solely time will inform what’s subsequent. Walton stated many Ukrainians are fleeing the nation, however there’s a big majority which have plans to remain put.