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Ukrainians living in South Florida rally in Delray Beach

Many worried about family members still in Ukraine
Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-07 08:54:52-05

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — It was a weekend of strength and unity for local people from Ukraine, as the situation between Russia and Ukraine escalate overseas.

"We will not be silent when people are being slaughtered," said Barry Silver, rallying in support of Ukraine. "We will not be silent when freedom is attacked."

A Sunday rally at Veterans Park in Delray Beach consisted of speeches and songs for peace.

"People need shelter, people need food, people need medicine, and this is so many people," said Roman Novosiadlyi, who is from Ukraine with family still there.

People also took their signs to the corner of Atlantic and Swinton avenues to continue to raise the awareness.

Waves of blue and yellow also filled Spanish River Athletic Park in Boca Raton on Saturday.

"We won't stop this, and we will continue making everything to support Ukraine and we will continue our rally and we will increase our demands and support," said Anton Grytsenko, the organizer of the rally.

Grytsenko was fundraising through donations and shirt sales as the situation worsens for loved ones overseas.

The rally comes as Ukrainians do whatever they can to keep in touch with their families.

Organizers say they have drafted up a petition and compiled signatures to send to to state leaders and President Biden to take stronger action and defend ukraine.

"My brother lives in Kharkiv, which was bombed from day one and he had to live with his three little children," said Yelena Polyakova. "He had to leave the area because the city has been destroyed."

Organizers said they have drafted up a petition and compiled signatures to send to state leaders and President Joe Biden to take stronger action and defend Ukraine.