DELRAY BEACH — Dozens of supporters of Ukraine, including Ukrainian-Americans, gathered in Old School Square on Saturday afternoon to call on U.S. government officials to do more to help the besieged country fend off the Russian army.
Many of the speakers called on the federal government to send more weapons and aid to the country.
This week, as Russian forces continued their assault on Ukraine, President Joe Biden warned Chinese President Xi Jinping not to help Russia.
Days before, fighting for his country’s survival, Ukraine’s leader, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, made a “desperate” plea Saturday to American lawmakers for the United States to help get more warplanes to his military and cut off Russian oil imports.
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As rally attendees told their stories to the crowd, some in Ukrainian, others waved flags and signed petitions to be sent to government officials.
Delray Beach City Commissioner Juli Casale said that the federal government should be doing more, like closing the airspace over Ukraine.
"This is not a party problem; it's a people problem," she told the crowd.
A handful of people told stories of their families still living in Ukraine, most of them in bomb shelters with limited food and water.
Anton Grytsenko is one of those with family hiding from the bombs. He was one of the rally organizers.
"They are all hiding in shelters, that is why this is so important to me," he said.
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