Columbus Residents Join Unity for Ukraine at Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Saturday marked the third morning of Russian aggression in Ukraine. The world watched as cities such as Kiev and Mariupol came under fire as troops marched towards the capital.

In Columbus, dozens of Ukraine supporters showed up at the Ohio Statehouse to show their support. People with all levels of Ukrainian connection came to join the unit.

We have heard from those whose families are on the path to destruction. Sofia Mikhailichenko is one such person.

“I’m actually from Sumy, which is also under attack,” Mikhailichenko said.

She described what it’s like to try to get in touch with loved ones, saying responses are scarce as more areas come under fire.

“You feel so hopeless sitting there,” Mikhailichenko said.

Others say their hearts and prayers are sent to Ukraine. A moving message, also very clear during the event on Saturday.

“Ukraine is not dead, it will not die,” was heard as part of a chant. Other chants, echoing this message, “Stand with Ukraine…Stand with Ukraine.”

Several groups in central Ohio are organizing new relief funds and other events to help Ukrainians get the supplies they need.

One such group is the Ukrainian Cultural Association of Ohio.

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