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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
June 6, 2023

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People rally in Esther Short Park in support of Ukraine

By , Columbian photographer

More than a hundred people gathered in Esther Short Park on Sunday to show their support for Ukraine and denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on the country.

Paul Demyanik, pastor at Ukrainian Baptist Church, told the crowd he appreciated the community’s support for the continued independence of his birth country.

“I received many calls,” he said. “People just calling to say our doors are open, our hearts are open to the Ukrainian. You are like our family.”

“We feel that, we know that,” he added.

Demyanik moved to the United States in 1991, right before the fall of the Soviet Union.

After more remarks by Demyanik’s sons, Vitaliy and Sasha, the crowd split into smaller groups that sung or prayed for peace. About 50 people chanted “No more war!” and marched around Esther Short Park.

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Natalia Rieland, center, of Vancouver, waves a large Ukrainian flag in front of a crowd on Sunday during a rally at Esther Short Park.
Rally for Ukraine at Esther Short Park Photo Gallery

Jay Vitulski attended the rally with 8-year-old Olivia. Vitulski said it was important to pass on to younger generations a belief in showing support to people who are treated unfairly.

The rally was organized by Odyssey World International Education Services, Vancouver for Peace, Indivisible Greater Vancouver, and MoveOn Clark County.