Ukrainian rally in Huntsville at Big Spring Park | News

Standing with Ukraine. Hundreds of people have rallied in support as the war continues to impact the lives of people in Ukraine and here in northern Alabama.

The purpose of the rally was to raise awareness with money to help support the Ukrainian people.

Ukrainians shared the impact this war is having on them, as well as on their friends and family.

It all started with the Ukrainian anthem, as people from across Ukraine and northern Alabama gathered in Big Spring Park to show solidarity with a country that lives and breathes an absolute nightmare.

“A week or half a week was without sleep. Then you had to get more and more used to the new rhythm of life. But, it’s still a bit terrifying,” said Nazar Pyvovar, a native from Ukraine.

Pyvovar is in his fourth year at UAH. He always talks as much as possible to his family members who are in Ukraine. He says their morale remains high.

But, Pyvovar says more attention needs to be paid to the war.

“I feel like people can misunderstand how much worse things could get if we don’t get enough support right now. So what I’m hoping for is that people just see that we are there and they see that we need more help,” says Pyvovar.

The help they need is to put an end to a miserable reality.

“Civilians are drying off. Every hour,” Nadya Zhurba said.

Zhurba, who is also originally from Ukraine, has family currently in Ukraine, including her 67-year-old father.

He had the opportunity to come to the United States but chose to stay and protect his native country.

He enlisted in the Territorial Defense Unit. He doesn’t want to leave because he says he has to defend his land.

Yuliya Keener was born and raised in Ukraine.

Her aunt, cousins ​​and friends are back home. She worries about their safety.

“A family is actually near Vinnytsia. Vinnytsia was bombed today. We’re really worried about them,” Keener said.

Despite the horror and terror in Ukraine, many people she spoke to remain brave and proud of their homeland.

“They want to defend Ukraine. A lot of them don’t want to leave their house, they don’t want to leave their husband because they don’t want to go somewhere. It’s their country, they want to protect it” , Keener said.

Wes Blanding lives in Decatur.

His wife is from Sumy – a city in Ukraine located almost 40 miles from the Russian border.

“Part of the town has actually been destroyed. The electricity has been cut off. Uh, the local power station has been dismantled. People were living under 28 degrees. They are out of electricity and we expect I hope communications will be cut off very soon with his family and friends,” Blanding said.

Blanding says that although his wife goes through a constant state of mental turmoil, he is proud to know that this country stands with Ukraine.

“We have a multicultural society that loves each other, and that society helps people around the world,” Blanding said.

It was an emotional rally, but morale remains high and hopeful as people at the rally believe the best is yet to come.

For those wishing to donate to Ukraine, you can do so here.