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Published on February 25, 2024
Bostonians Unite, Demand Increased US Support on 2-Year Mark of Ukraine ConflictSource: Unsplash/ Samuel Jerónimo

Hundreds flooded the Boston Common on a chilly Saturday afternoon, brandishing blue and yellow colors to mark two years since the beginning of the Ukraine conflict. The gathering was a potent reminder that the war is far from over, with community members demanding more backing from the US, as reported by CBS News Boston.

A notable statement from the rally came from US Representative Stephen Lynch, who called out to his colleagues across the aisle for aid, "We cannot even bring a bill up to have it considered without their cooperation. We're hoping that enough pressure from outside of Washington, can convince Speaker Johnson that's he's gotta bring this bill up because if it hit the floor I think we'd have enough votes to pass it," he told CBS News Boston. Lynch is banking on a $60 million funding boost for Ukraine, stuck in a political quagmire on Capitol Hill.

Participants and speakers highlighted the dire straits Ukrainians find themselves in, with many evacuated to places like New England. Gulia Chitidz, now a Boston resident after fleeing Ukraine, shared with CBS News Boston, "We didn't want to, but to feel comfortable and safe I decided to go here." The war has displaced six million people, a number that underscores the tragedy's enormity.

According to the The Boston Globe, political figures like Councilor Ed Flynn amplified the call for unity against aggression, "If we don't stand up to bullies and dictators like Putin, what country is next?" he questioned. Echoing this sentiment were voices from the Ukrainian community, with heart-wrenching appeals for swift resolution and continued assistance.

The Rev. Yaroslav Nalysnyk from Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church did not mince words while leading a prayer, dubbing Russia an "evil empire" and the aggressors a "Moscow barbarian horde." Sashko Horokho, of the Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England, added a stark reminder to attendees, "I want everyone to remember Ukraine is still there. War is still going on. It gets worse day after day it doesn't get better and we still need American aid," he said to CBS News Boston.

Statements of support from Massachusetts dignitaries, including Senators Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu were also delivered to the crowd, reinforcing the international community's stance against the ongoing conflict as seen on The Boston Globe. Meanwhile, the demonstrators' signs served as silent yet powerful testimonials to their unyielding spirit and the longing for peace in their homeland.