More than a hundred people gathered in Esther Short Park on Sunday to express their support for Ukraine and condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against the country.
Pavel Demyanik, pastor of the Ukrainian Baptist Church, told the crowd that he appreciated the community’s support for the continued independence of his home country.
“I got a lot of calls,” he said. “People are just calling to say that our doors are open, our hearts are open to Ukrainians. You are like our family. “
“We feel it, we know it,” he added.
Demyanik moved to the United States in 1991, before the fall of the Soviet Union.
After another speech by Demyanik’s sons, Vitaly and Sasha, the crowd split into smaller groups that sang or prayed for peace. About 50 people chanted “More war!” and walked around Esther Short Park.
Jay Vitulski attended the action together with 8-year-old Olivia. Vitulski said it was important to pass on to the younger generation the faith in supporting 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.