Ukrainians in San Antonio rally downtown as Russia invades their homeland

Ukrainian non-profit organization San Antonio organized the protest just hours after Russian military forces began shelling several cities, including the capital Kiev.

SAN ANTONIO — The tune of Ukrainian patriotism echoed through downtown San Antonio Thursday as war unfolded more than 6,000 miles away.

A dozen people gathered outside San Fernando Cathedral in solidarity, calling for peace and denouncing Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.

Alamo City native Gregory Lundblade and his wife, Viktoriya, who grew up in Ukraine, have been married for two decades.

Gregory waved an American flag while Viktoriya sported the colors of Ukraine. Like the rest of the world, the Lundblades witnessed the terror of war on television and on the internet.

“It’s a lovely place, they’re wonderful people, just a sense of sadness that this is being done to them and it’s being forced on them,” Gregory said.

“Everything is blocked, people are scared, people are running, they have no money,” Viktoriya said.

The Ukrainian non-profit organization San Antonio organized the protest after learning that the invasion was beginning in several regions of Ukraine.

Ukrainian San Antonio aims to educate the community about Ukraine’s history and culture by hosting interactive events throughout the year.

Viktoriya grew up in Kharkiv, which is Ukraine’s second largest city about 30 miles from the Russian border.

Tragedy struck Viktoriya’s extended family when they learned that her first cousin had died of natural causes. Providing financial assistance to the family has been a challenge due to complications with banks.

“The banking system is there right now is just on lockdown, it’s on lockdown because it’s been cyber-attacked, so there’s no way to get money to help them right now,” he said. said Gregory.

“Right now problem to survive, trying to survive this bombardment and also problem to arrange funeral,” Viktoriya said.

Gregory stressed that Americans should be concerned about the Ukrainian-Russian conflict not only for the humanitarian aspect, but also for the impact of the conflict on the global economy, including the price of food and gas.

Although he doesn’t think the sanctions will ultimately deter President Vladimir Putin from advancing further in Ukraine, Gregory and his wife are hopeful that peace will one day return.

“I would like everything to go back to a peaceful time when I left 20 years ago,” Viktoriya said.

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