Stand with Ukraine: Utah rallies for Ukrainians, denounces Putin


The Utah State Capitol lights up in blue and yellow to help Ukraine in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday. Utahns and Ukrainians confirmed their solidarity for the nation that is below siege from Russia’s army throughout a rally. (Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Because the solar set on the steps of the Utah Capitol on Monday, golden gentle filtered via dozens of blue and yellow Ukrainian flags flying over the heads of Utahns — and Ukrainians — who had come to point out their solidarity for the nation that is below siege from Russia’s army.

An estimated 2,000 folks gathered on the steps to face with Ukraine, together with state leaders together with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson, Senate President Stuart Adams, Home Speaker Brad Wilson and Salt Lake Metropolis Mayor Erin Mendenhall.

“Our Ukrainian pals are reminding us what it means to be American,” Cox mentioned in his speech to the gang. “They want us. They want a united us. They want the perfect of us. And we want them.”

He additionally had a message for Russian civilians: “We don’t maintain you answerable for the actions of a mad man.” He urged them to push again. “We all know your lives are in peril … You are placing your individual lives in danger to face as much as a dictator, and we want your assist to cease him.”

Cox mentioned photographs of the horror are coming from Ukraine as harmless lives are misplaced, houses are destroyed and households are damaged aside, and Ukrainians are “assembly their second in ways in which have introduced tears to all of our eyes.”

“It’s breathtaking, and it’s inspiring. Well-known folks. Common folks. Ambassadors. Boxers. Faculty lecturers. Mothers. Dads. Presidents. All standing as much as a maniacal, highly effective tyrant,” Cox mentioned. “We have watched them combat. It has stirred our souls.”


Our Ukrainian pals are reminding us what it means to be American. They want us. They want a united us. They want the perfect of us. And we want them.

–Gov. Spencer Cox


But it surely’s greater than a “nice underdog story,” the governor added. “I consider Ukrainians are preventing for the very issues that sit on the basis of our personal nation. … They’re preventing for all times, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Cox, whereas urging Utahns and People to place their variations apart and unite for Ukraine and the combat for freedom, introduced that for the second time in Utah’s historical past, Monday evening “we’ll gentle the Capitol” with Ukraine’s blue and yellow colours. The one different time it has been finished was for the 2002 Olympic Video games in Salt Lake Metropolis.

Alexandra V. and Dima P. hold a sign during a prayer to support Ukraine at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday.
Alexandra V. and Dima P. maintain an indication throughout a prayer to help Ukraine on the Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday. (Picture: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

“Tonight I ask that we observe the instance of our courageous sisters and brothers in Ukraine and recommit ourselves to self-evident fact and unalienable rights,” Cox mentioned. “Could we pledge our lives and our souls to uniting them and becoming a member of them within the combat for all times, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Wilson, Adams, Henderson and Mendenhall additionally spoke on the rally, sharing comparable messages of unity and love for Ukrainians.

Henderson, quoting Sen. Mitt Romney, known as Putin a “small, evil, feral-eyed man,” and mentioned he “deserves each little bit of scorn and condemnation for his evil actions.” Nevertheless, Henderson added “we have seen bravery by a few of the folks in Russia who’ve taken to the streets in protest in opposition to his lies and aggression.”

“They too will undergo the results of this unprovoked warfare with Ukraine, so please preserve the Russian folks near your coronary heart as effectively,” Henderson mentioned. “We’ll stand tall with anybody who has the ethical braveness to combat for freedom, justice, and better beliefs within the face of a bitter tyrant.”

Many who got here to the rally carried indicators studying “Down with Putin” and “No Conflict,” together with posters of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s face and his now world well-known quote, “I would like ammunition, not a trip.”

Dozens of Utah lawmakers additionally stood on the steps, at one level unraveling and standing below rolls of paper to signify Ukraine’s flag.

In the course of the rally, a violinist performed Ukraine’s nationwide anthem. Some voices within the crowd could possibly be heard singing the anthem as she performed. The gang additionally broke out into a number of chants, together with one to “cease Putin” and one other for Zelenskyy.

Earlier Monday, the Utah Legislature unanimously voted in favor of a decision to denounce “Russia’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine.” The governor additionally ordered the Ukrainian flag to fly over the Utah Capitol.

‘It is insane’

To Sergiy Gamanyuk, a person who moved from the Ukrainian metropolis of Mykolaiv about 5 years in the past, the rally in Utah’s capital of Salt Lake Metropolis was a bodily illustration of the love and help Ukraine’s allies are sending from across the globe. Even in Utah, a western state of about 3.2 million folks.

“It is crucial for them to listen to the help,” he mentioned, including that he wished the U.S. might do extra, maybe by providing provides, medical help and extra.

He, too, got here to help his nation, his household and his pals who at the moment are attempting to outlive “in these darkish instances … this unprovoked and utterly fascist invasion from the federal government of Russia,” he mentioned.

“I discuss to them on daily basis,” Gamanyuk mentioned of his family and friends in Ukraine, who he mentioned are hiding in basements to remain secure as a result of the vast majority of the bunkers in his metropolis grew to become rusted after World Conflict II.

Yevgen Kovalov holds a Ukraine flag in front of the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday.
Yevgen Kovalov holds a Ukraine flag in entrance of the Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday. (Picture: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

“It’s totally exhausting … it is insane.”

He mentioned he scours the information and checks in continually on their security. “I am attempting to be there for them. We’ll see what is going on to occur, however I hope it will cease.”

He was momentarily perplexed when requested what may be finished for them.

“One way or the other, cease Putin,” he mentioned. “I do not know.”

However then he added Western society — “free society” — should attempt to “discuss to each attainable individual in Russia proper now and assist them perceive what’s really happening, as a result of propaganda” from the Russian authorities is “insane.”

“There’s a whole lot of sensible folks, a whole lot of good folks over there who simply don’t perceive, have no idea what’s going on,” Gamanyuk mentioned.

A Utah man, Gary Nilsen, of Taylorsville, carried two small Ukrainian flags in his arms as he stood on the steps among the many crowd. He spoke in a quiet voice, compelled to point out his help for a rustic on the opposite facet of the world however near his coronary heart.

Nilsen known as the Russian authorities’s actions “atrocious.”

“It tears my coronary heart as much as see this taking place,” Nilsen mentioned, however he added he is “impressed” by Zelenskyy and “the military of individuals which might be defending the nation. I pray for them from the depths of my coronary heart.”

Gov. Spencer J. Cox speaks to hundreds of people gathered to support Ukraine at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday.
Gov. Spencer J. Cox speaks to lots of of individuals gathered to help Ukraine on the Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday. (Picture: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

Trying round on the rally, Nilsen mentioned “the help in Utah might be as robust as wherever on this planet.”

“Have a look at the folks right here tonight. Nothing however God-fearing, patriotic, freedom-loving folks. What an exquisite tribute,” he mentioned. “I simply hope and pray that cooler minds prevail over there. … I hope Putin sees the harm that he is doing to his nation, to his fellow males, in addition to to Ukrainians, and he’ll sue for peace.”

Is Utah going to obtain refugees from Ukraine?

The invasion of Ukraine has left lots of of hundreds displaced.

Based on estimates from the U.N. and the Worldwide Rescue Committee, about 100,000 folks have been internally displaced since Russian forces invaded — that means they’ve been pressured to flee their houses however are nonetheless in Ukraine — whereas as much as 520,000 made it throughout the border and are making use of for asylum in European international locations.

Within the coming weeks, the U.N. expects that quantity to shoot as much as 4 million.

On Thursday, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the Biden Administration was “actually ready” to soak up Ukrainian refugees, however officers “anticipate that almost all, if not the bulk, will wish to go to Europe or neighboring international locations.”

In Utah, resettlement companies say it is too quickly to foretell whether or not any Ukrainians fleeing the disaster will find yourself within the Beehive State. In the event that they do, it will not occur quickly, because the refugees have simply begun a resettlement course of that may generally take years.

“The fact of us getting Ukrainian refugees right now might be fairly low,” mentioned Natalie El-Deiry, government director of the Worldwide Rescue Committee in Salt Lake Metropolis.

Versus the chaotic evacuation of Afghanistan, the place in a matter of days hundreds of individuals had been granted humanitarian parolee standing and ushered via the gates of the Kabul airport, most of those refugees will undergo a much more extended course of.

Humanitarian parolees probably meet the {qualifications} for a particular immigrant visa, however within the case of Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy didn’t have time to course of their paperwork throughout the evacuation.

The refugees fleeing violence in Ukraine, nonetheless, will undergo the standard vetting course of that usually takes between 18 to 36 months. Even then, with neighboring international locations keen to just accept Ukrainians, most will most likely select to remain in Japanese Europe.

“The choice of people is to nonetheless stay considerably near dwelling,” El-Deiry mentioned.

That is assuming these fleeing violence cannot return to Ukraine — “the hope is all the time that they’ll return dwelling,” El-Deiry mentioned. And given how briskly the scenario is unfolding, with over 500,000 folks displaced in simply 5 days, the humanitarian disaster might spiral, opening new pathways for resettlement much like what occurred in Afghanistan.

“At present, we do not understand how the scenario in Ukraine will affect refugee resettlement in the USA, or particularly in Utah,” Catholic Neighborhood Companies of Utah mentioned in an announcement. “Ought to the scenario in Europe escalate to the purpose of resettling Ukrainian refugees in the USA, Catholic Neighborhood Companies of Utah’s Migration and Refugee Companies crew is raring and able to help nonetheless attainable.”

Each the Worldwide Rescue Committee and Catholic Neighborhood Companies are at present working to supply humanitarian help like meals, shelter and clothes to Ukrainian refugees. Each organizations say one of the best ways to assist is to donate, and “educate your self, and really perceive what the battle is about,” mentioned El-Deiry.

Sophia Baikoush, left, holds a flag of Ukraine at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Monday.
Sophia Baikoush, left, holds a flag of Ukraine on the Capitol in Salt Lake Metropolis on Monday. (Picture: Mengshin Lin, Deseret Information)

The place are the Ukrainian refugees being resettled?

Most refugees are at present in Poland, the place officers just lately mentioned they might subject as much as 1 million refugees because the invasion unfolds. Round 280,000 have been settled within the nation to date, in keeping with the most recent depend from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The U.N. estimates 36,400 are at present in Moldova, 32,500 in Romania and 30,000 in Slovakia.

Hungary reversed course on its yearslong opposition to accepting refugees, typically coming from the Center East, Africa and Asia, and opened its borders to just about 84,500 Ukrainians as of Monday, a determine that features third-country nationals that may show Ukrainian residency.

In a joint assertion, the Salt Lake Metropolis Catholic Diocese and Catholic Neighborhood Companies urged leaders world wide to organize to resettle refugees fleeing the violence.

“We be a part of with Pope Francis in his name for prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine and the safety of harmless lives. We encourage our authorities leaders to welcome any Ukrainian refugees displaced by these mindless acts of aggression and urge folks to assist our Ukrainian brothers and sisters by donating to the efforts of Catholic Reduction Companies, which is already serving folks in want in Ukraine. Ought to the scenario escalate to the purpose of resettling Ukrainian refugees in the USA, Catholic Neighborhood Companies of Utah’s Migration and Refugee Companies crew is raring to help.”

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Mitt Romney praises a ‘world leader,’ denounces a ‘feral-eyed’ man, calls some Republicans ‘morons’


Sen. Mitt Romney, seen on this Feb. 15 picture, referred to as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “world hero” on Sunday for his efforts to defend his nation, denounced Vladimir Putin as “small, feral-eyed” man and referred to fellow Republicans who attended a convention the place the Russian chief was cheered as “morons.”
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WASHINGTON — Calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “world hero” for his efforts to defend his nation, Sen. Mitt Romney on Sunday denounced Vladimir Putin as “small, feral-eyed” man and referred to fellow Republicans who attended a convention the place the Russian chief was cheered as “morons.”

Showing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Utah Republican stated the “extraordinary” braveness of the Ukrainian individuals has galvanized the spirit of all the world, attributing a lot of it to “actual management.”

“You have seen each bodily and ethical management by Zelenskyy and the individuals round him,” Romney stated. “The distinction between that and the puny nature of Vladimir Putin’s tyranny has actually helped individuals perceive the distinction between good and evil.”

Romney referred to as it one of many “biggest demonstrations of excellent versus evil that we have seen throughout our lifetimes.”

“Have a look at Vladimir Putin. Right here he’s behind this large desk on this huge white room. It seems like a mausoleum the place honesty and honor have gone to die,” he stated “Distinction that with Zelenskyy, together with his braveness, his ardour, together with his true management. That is outstanding, and it is having an affect.”

On Friday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., attended and spoke on the far-right America First Political Motion Convention, whose founder, Nick Fuentes, has been described as a “white nationalist.” Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., spoke on the occasion through video hyperlink, and Idaho Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin despatched a video message.

Fuentes led the viewers in cheering for Putin. “Can we give a spherical of applause for Russia?” he requested attendees, a few of whom chanted the Russian chief’s title.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., took to Twitter to sentence Greene and Gosar for collaborating within the convention, whereas additionally criticizing Republican leaders for failing to rapidly “surrender” their actions.

Requested on CNN about Cheney’s response, Romney stated he “completely” agrees.

“There is not any place in both celebration for this white nationalism or racism. It is merely unsuitable. … It is evil as effectively,” he stated.

Romney stated he would not know Greene or Gosar however was reminded of a line from “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child” the place one character says, “‘Morons, I’ve acquired morons on my workforce.’ And I’ve to assume that anyone that might sit down with white nationalists and communicate on the convention was actually lacking a number of IQ factors.”

Requested additional in regards to the pro-Putin wing of the Republican Celebration, Romney stated a lot of them are “altering their stripes” as they see the response of the world and the political response within the U.S.

“However how anyone, how anyone on this nation which loves freedom may aspect with Vladimir Putin — which is an oppressor, a dictator, he kills individuals, he imprisons his political opponents, he has been an adversary of America at each likelihood he is had — it is unthinkable to me, it is nearly treasonous and it simply make me ailing to see a few of these individuals do this,” Romney stated.

Romney would not say when requested if that features former President Donald Trump.

“Standing up for freedom is the appropriate factor to do in America. Something lower than that, for my part, is unworthy of American help,” the senator stated.

Romney additionally criticized Trump’s now notorious 2019 telephone name with Zelenskyy that led to his impeachment as a “very unhappy and terrible” trade on Trump’s half. Romney was the one Republican senator who voted to take away Trump from workplace within the first impeachment trial.

Through the name, Zelenskyy advised Trump that Ukraine was prepared to purchase extra anti-tank missiles from the U.S. To which, Trump replied, “I would really like you to do us a favor although as a result of our nation has been by means of quite a bit and Ukraine is aware of quite a bit about it,” referring to an investigation he wished of then-Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden.

“With out query, President Trump slow-walking the supply of weapons to Ukraine was an unlimited error,” Romney stated, including as was the U.S. over time not offering Ukraine with the army capabilities it wanted to probably dissuade Putin from attacking.

However, he stated, given the eagerness, power and management in Ukraine, “I would not rely them out in with the ability to reject Russia’s aggression.”

Romney stated he is involved that previous presidents, together with George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Trump tried to reset relations with Russia hoping to see Putin as a accountable individual. The late Arizona Sen. John McCain, he stated, appeared into Putin’s eyes and noticed the KGB.

“That is what we’re seeing. A small, evil, feral-eyed man who’s making an attempt to form the world within the picture the place as soon as once more Russia can be an empire. And that is not going to occur. The individuals of the world see him and see Russia for what it’s,” he stated.

Romney stated the Biden administration has carried out some issues effectively and a few not so effectively in its response to Russia’s struggle on Ukraine. It was a mistake to proceed the coverage of prior administrations to not present Ukraine with the defensive weapons it wants, he stated. Biden, he stated, has carried out effectively to share U.S. intelligence with its allies and to mix efforts to sanction Russia.

Sanctions will have an effect, Romney stated, calling the White Home determination to additionally go after Russian oligarchs excellent news. He stated the U.S. and its allies ought to take into account a no-fly zone in Ukraine to permit individuals to flee from Kyiv.

“Let’s carry on cranking up the sanctions in opposition to what’s an evil regime,” Romney stated.

Romney stated he hopes and believes Putin could acknowledge that he made an enormous error, that he has badly miscalculated how laborious the individuals of Ukraine would combat and the character of the world’s response.

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Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Utah denounces Russian invasion


The day after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began, Honorary Consul of Ukraine Jonathan Freedman denounced the invasion and repudiated any notion that Ukraine is at fault for the battle.

“These occasions of aggression are terribly unhappy and unlucky for harmless Ukrainian households which are simply attempting to steer their lives,” he advised The Salt Lake Tribune Thursday. “They didn’t ask for this. They did nothing to provoke an assault. It’s bullying at its rawest kind. It’s fully unprovoked.”

Freedman has served as an honorary consul of Ukraine since 2008, after residing within the nation as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1993 to 1995. He mentioned he served primarily in jap Ukraine, within the metropolis of Donetsk, a area that Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged as unbiased on Monday as a pretext for invasion.

Freedman joined others in Utah who spoke out Thursday in opposition to Russia’s assault on Ukraine.

Freedman has stored involved with folks there and described the messages he has acquired for the reason that invasion started, saying, “The folks in Ukraine are frightened. They’re frightened actually for his or her lives, for his or her youngsters. … It’s actually unhappy, as a result of at this level they don’t have any choices. And so they’re actually simply caught.”

Jonathan Freedman, the honorary consul of Ukraine for Utah.

Freedman famous that Utah is house to round 1,500 Ukrainians, lots of whom presently worry for his or her family and friends nonetheless residing within the nation. Two of these Ukrainians are Irina Slaughter and her daughter, Elena Nazarenko.

Slaughter moved to Utah along with her daughter about 18 years in the past when her daughter was 13. Slaughter’s mom and her aunt live in Odesa, a metropolis within the southern area of the nation.

Slaughter mentioned her mom advised her their metropolis is “largely quiet,” and their transportation remains to be functioning, though they’ve heard bombs.

“I’m simply appalled with the way in which Putin dealt with the scenario,” Slaughter mentioned. “My mother, she is optimistic, she’s hoping [for] a constructive and peaceable results of the scenario… She hopes and believes that will probably be resolved, possibly, in every week and is constructive they are going to come to some settlement.”

Slaughter feels that sanctions from the UK and US are a superb begin in responding to the invasion, however she needs international locations would’ve stepped in earlier relating to Russia’s actions — significantly with the development of a fuel pipeline connecting Russia to Germany, which she mentioned was aimed to “strangle the Ukrainian financial system.”

“Ukraine is unquestionably underpowered, in comparison with Russia,” Nazarenko mentioned. “There’s no query that Putin is a bully. He’s making excuses to invade Ukraine with out justification.”

When requested what Utahns may do to assist the embattled nation, Slaughter requested that folks simply hold the folks of Ukraine and its troopers of their ideas. Freedman additionally urged folks to telephone their representatives and ask for assist for Ukraine.

“We encourage folks to name the White Home,” he mentioned, “to name our two senators in Utah and to ask for stronger sanctions, to ask for navy and humanitarian assist to Ukraine, to, fairly frankly, pray for Ukraine and for Ukrainians and for his or her nation, which could be very a lot prone to being misplaced.”

Freedman has additionally been involved with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and its ambassador, who’s working to fight misinformation in regards to the battle.

“On this somber morning, my coronary heart is breaking and my ideas are with the folks of Ukraine,” Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson mentioned in an announcement Thursday. “This premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified act of conflict should unite us in compassion, as collectively we stand in opposition to tyranny.”

Daniel Gibbons, a former Holladay Justice Court docket choose and training legal professional, taught regulation college students in Ukraine yearly for greater than a decade between 2006 to 2017. He additionally served as a Latter-day Saint mission president in Russia from 2011 to 2014.

He mentioned Thursday he wasn’t shocked by Russian forces invading Ukraine. He mentioned he noticed indicators it may occur for years, starting in regards to the time his mission presidency ended and Russia annexed Crimea.

He noticed a “marked improve” in what he referred to as “governmental scrutiny and detention.” Gibbons mentioned authorities detained him, his spouse and different American missionaries a number of occasions.

He mentioned that he additionally heard from jap Ukrainians who supported the thought of absorbing the Russian-speaking components of their nation into the Russian Federation. However he famous how totally different his conversations had been with these he’s spoken in Russia and Ukraine.

“The Ukrainians are outraged. They’re vocal. They’re standing robust,” he mentioned. “The odd Russian residents that I’ve talked to, which are mates of mine, are very reluctant to talk out. They’re reluctant to place a goal on themselves. In addition they, it’s fairly clear to me, are getting a filtered model of the information.”

He referred to as the invasion “essentially the most important geopolitical occasion in Europe since World World II” and feared it may undo he and Utah County Lawyer David Leavitt’s years of labor instructing the American authorized system to regulation college students in Ukraine.

Leavitt and his spouse, Chelom, based the group that introduced Gibbons to Ukraine to show, and Leavitt additionally spent greater than a decade there instructing regulation college students.

The county legal professional mentioned he spent Thursday morning attempting to succeed in his mates there to ensure they’re protected. It left him feeling helpless.

“I’m extraordinarily unhappy,” Leavitt mentioned. “A few of my dearest mates on this planet are actually fleeing for his or her lives as we communicate.”

He mentioned he was consuming rooster soup with a lady and her son of their condo three weeks in the past who’re “now within the lengthy visitors jam attempting to get out of Kyiv to get to Poland.”

Leavitt owns an condo in Kyiv, and traveled there final month to gather paperwork proving possession of that condo and different private objects as threats of the Russian invasion loomed. He ended up caught in Amsterdam for every week on his journey again to Utah as a result of he examined constructive for COVID-19.

Throughout his years in Ukraine, Leavitt mentioned he taught regulation college students the ideas of American jury trials, exhibiting them how courtroom methods work with out bribes.

He mentioned, “When regulation college students in Ukraine come to the belief that we’re asking them to not take part in a corrupt system…it turns into a really somber and solemn second for them.”

Thursday was additionally a somber day for Leavitt, who mentioned his time in Ukraine influenced his authorized profession. His college students’ confusion over American plea offers made him understand the shortcomings of the U.S. legal justice system. He’s now outspoken about wanting reform.

“If Individuals imagine that permitting Vladimir Putin simply in a wholesale trend to invade and take a rustic, that’s going to not have an effect on each American life and each life on this planet, they’re kidding themselves,” he mentioned. “This can be a second in time when the world has to face up in opposition to this.”

Gibbons mentioned he feared Russia’s invasion into Ukraine will probably be a pretense for future invasions of former-Soviet Republic international locations, like Moldova and Kazakhstan.

He referred to as Thursday “devastating” for Europe and, after all, Ukraine.

“Ukraine is a stupendous nation, and it’s a nation that was actually on its highway to absolute freedom: freedom of thought, freedom of expression,” he mentioned. “It’s simply unhappy to see this put down by navy drive.”

Jean Hill, who’s the director of life, justice and peace with the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake Metropolis, advised The Tribune in an electronic mail, “We be part of with Pope Francis in his name for prayer and fasting for peace in Ukraine and the safety of harmless lives.”

“We encourage our authorities leaders to welcome any Ukrainian refugees displaced by these mindless acts of aggression and urge folks to assist our Ukrainian brothers and sisters by donating to the efforts of Catholic Reduction Companies, which is already serving folks in want in Ukraine,” she mentioned.

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Russia vetoes Security Council resolution that denounces its invasion of Ukraine : NPR


Russia was the one nation to veto the non-binding decision voted throughout Friday’s United Nations Safety Council assembly.

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Russia was the one nation to veto the non-binding decision voted throughout Friday’s United Nations Safety Council assembly.

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Russia on Friday vetoed a United Nations Safety Council decision denouncing its invasion of Ukraine whereas China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstained from the vote.

The remaining 11 council members voted in favor, permitting the draft decision to be taken up by the 193-member UN Common Meeting.

“You’ll be able to veto this decision however you can’t veto our voices,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas Greenfield informed her Russian counterpart and the council.

She continued: “You can’t veto the reality. You can’t veto our ideas. You can’t veto the Ukrainian individuals. You can’t veto the UN constitution.”

The U.S. helped draft the non-binding decision and sought a vote to place members of the council on the report. The overwhelming rejection of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault on its neighbor – a sovereign democracy – is one other transfer by Western nations and their allies to additional politically isolate Russia.

UN Secretary-Common António Guterres later introduced the appointment of Amin Awad of Sudan as assistant secretary-general to function the UN’s disaster coordinator for Ukraine.

Awad was beforehand the UN’s regional refugee coordinator for the Syria and Iraq Conditions, and director of the Center East and North Africa Bureau on the Workplace of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees.