ROANOKE, Va. – As war continues to ravage Ukraine, people here at home are showing their support for the country.
On Saturday, Ukrainians from Roanoke Valley held a rally in Elmwood Park.
Many people outside the organization have family stuck overseas in the war-torn country.
“Every day I’m just scared to look at my phone. Every minute I’m scared to look at the messages I get. I’m scared to watch the news, what the Russian troops are bombing now. How many children they kill,” said Anna Miroshnychenko, a Ukrainian who now lives in the Roanoke Valley.
Ukrainians of Roanoke Valley are raising funds to be sent directly to the people of Ukraine.
“We would like to spread the word. We would like people to stand up for Ukraine, show their support and do whatever they can to stop this war,” said Inna Payne, another Ukrainian who now lives in the Roanoke Valley.
They say another way to help is to boycott companies that are still invested in Russia.
“By doing this, they are helping Russia to continue the war and to continue killing innocent people and destroying the country,” Payne said.
Those with direct ties to Ukraine say they are grateful for the support they have received.
“We got messages and ideas about what they can do, how they can help,” Miroshnychenko said. “I think it’s in many cities and many states in America because they’re fighting for freedom and that’s what America is proud to be, a free country. And that’s what Ukraine wants to be, that’s all.
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