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Colorado Springs protestors 'Stand with Ukraine' as attacks continue

Protests have broken out against Russia all over the world since Ukraine was first invaded.
Posted at 7:41 PM, Mar 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-06 00:08:00-05

COLORADO SPRINGS — Dozens of protesters filled downtown Colorado Springs with the sounds of singing, chanting, and honking as they voiced their opposition to the war unfolding in Ukraine.

Since Russia initially invaded, protests have broken out all over the world and across America.

"It's just wonderful to see the pride and the joy, and the fact that U.S. is behind us. I mean, finally we have Republicans and Democrats stepping up and doing something together," said Larysa Martyniuk, whose family came to America from Ukraine during World War II.

Martyniuk says many of her relatives are still in Ukraine, either hiding in basements or fighting Russia on the front lines.

"Some of my cousins have never held a gun and here they are looking at Youtube of how to use and shoot the guns that they are receiving."

A man from Russia and his 11-year old daughter attended the protest. She was born in Ukraine and is now an American citizen. His daughter translated most of his words.

"I just don't know why people in this world can't have peace like always, and everybody just needs war. Putin is power hungry, but doesn't he have enough?"

Martyniuk is helping coordinate a candlelight vigil at UCCS on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00 pm in honor of the Ukrainians suffering through the attacks. News 5 will bring you more information when it is released.

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