The sun broke from the clouds as the Ukrainian national anthem was sung in front of a large crowd at Peace and Friendship Park on March 6 during a demonstration against the Russian–led invasion of Ukraine.
The event, organized by the Halifax branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, included speeches by members of the Ukrainian community as well as local politicians.
Ukrainian speakers initiated call and response chants with the crowd, shouting “Slava Ukrayini” (glory to Ukraine), “Heroyam slava” (glory to heroes), “Stop war” and “Stop Putin.”
Speakers also issued a call for action to the public, asking for donations. A booth was set up for people to sign a petition advocating for a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Nova Scotia has sent $100,000 in humanitarian aid to the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.
Halifax Mayor Mike Savage spoke at the rally, expressing his support for the Ukrainian community and the city’s legacy of accepting refugees.
Putin’s war has so far taken a grave human toll. The United Nations said more than 2.3 million refugees had fled Ukraine by the second week of March, making it the fastest–growing refugee crisis since the Second World War.
Belarus has officially supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Recent reports suggest Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has ceded control to the Kremlin.
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Giancarlo Cininni is completing his fourth year of the BJH program. He has experience reporting in Brazil and Canada. When he is not staring...