Hundreds protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during rally at the Utah State Capitol


Members of the Ukrainian neighborhood are hoping for extra help from nations throughout the globe.

(Jordan Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune) Attendees march up the Capitol steps with Ukrainian flags and indicators throughout a rally in help of Ukraine on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

The Utah State Capitol steps have been a sea of blue and yellow on Saturday afternoon as a whole bunch of Utahns, Ukrainians, Russians and others protested Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Whereas cries of “Слава Україні! Героям слава!” rang out from the gang — which interprets to “Glory to Ukraine! Glory to heroes!” — one man stepped in entrance of the rally’s audio system. Wearing a blue-and-yellow striped button down, full with a yellow tie and sun shades, Jan Kubanek crouched down with the miniature tank he’d been carrying and pulled a bottle of lighter fluid from his pocket.

He sprayed the accelerant on the tank and had a small boy within the crowd “do the honors” — by lighting the tank on fireplace.

“I possibly obtained into hassle however it’s price it,” stated Kubanek, who’s from the Czech Republic. “If I can get into hassle this manner and lift consciousness, that’s the least I can do, at the very least right here.”

Supporters held Ukrainian flags, wore sunflower flower crowns and even waved rest room paper printed with Russian president Vladimir Putin’s face whereas they listened to audio system from the Ukrainian neighborhood.

“We can not permit what occurred Forties to occur once more right now,” stated Yulia Holko, a board member of the Utah Ukrainian Affiliation. “Our brothers and sisters on the bottom in Ukraine are preventing for his or her land. They’re very robust on the bottom, they’re pushing the Russian military again on the bottom. … We’re asking the worldwide neighborhood to proceed offering help.”

(Ed Kosmicki | Particular to The Tribune) Justin Godto, whose girlfriend is Ukrainian, waves a Ukrainian flag and holds a poster throughout a rally on the Capitol Feb. 26, 2022.

Holko urged the worldwide neighborhood to ban Russia from SWIFT — which in keeping with CNN, is a safe community connecting monetary establishments across the globe — with the intention to strangle the nation’s financial system.

She additionally known as upon European nations to supply Ukraine with army assets, since though civilian militias are preventing the Russian military, the nation stays susceptible from the air.

“Europe, do you wish to undergo some monetary penalties right now, or do you wish to have Putin at the doorstep tomorrow?” Holko requested. “We should cease him.”

(Jordan Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune) Yulia Holko, left, and Anya Baryshok, proper, communicate to the gang throughout a rally in help of Ukraine on the Capitol on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Holko and Baryshok are each part of the Utah Ukranian Affiliation.

Honorary Consul of Spain Baldomero Lago stated the presidency of the Utah Consular Corps, which represents 30 nations around the globe, wrote a decision in help of Ukraine — condemning Russia’s “illegal” actions and demanding the speedy withdrawal of Russian troops from the sovereign nation.

However Ukrainians are hoping for extra motion, not simply phrases, from the worldwide neighborhood.

“We’re simply actually asking the nationwide neighborhood to not hesitate and to be to be very agency of their actions and to not delay, as a result of each hour that we’re delaying, it’s inflicting Ukraine many, many lives,” Holko stated. “We’re simply asking for the world to be actually robust of their stand in opposition to Putin. Finally, he ought to actually be overthrown — he’s a menace to your complete world and Ukraine is attempting to cease that menace.”

(Jordan Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune) Attendees maintain up Ukrainian flags and indicators on the steps of the Capitol throughout a rally in help of Ukraine on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.

(Ed Kosmicki | Particular to The Tribune) Members maintain flags, indicators and sunflowers, the nationwide flower of Ukraine, throughout a rally on the Capitol steps Saturday, Feb. 26 2022. An estimated 500 folks attended the rally in solidarity with Ukraine, which was invaded this week by Russia.



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