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Community demonstration shows solidarity with Ukraine

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Sofia Gratas
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WUGA
Community members gather on Feb. 28, 2022 for the "Stand with Ukraine" rally in downtown Athens, Georgia.

University of Georgia grad student Karyna Hlyvynska is in constant contact with her family, who live in Ukraine.

“My dad is hiding in the basement, my mom managed to evacuate, my sister lives in Poland,” Hlyvynska said. “I am most worried about my aunt, her husband and their children there. They live in Kiev.”

Hlyvynska joined about 40 others at the UGA Arch at the “Stand for Ukraine” rally on Monday evening in solidarity with the country. She was one of many attendees to condemn the conflict happening more than 5,000 miles away. The group stood clad in yellow and blue — Ukraine’s national colors — with people of all ages calling for peace.

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Sofia Gratas
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WUGA
Community members gather on Feb. 28, 2022 for the "Stand with Ukraine" rally in downtown Athens, Georgia.

By Tuesday morning, a miles-long military convoy had been spotted heading to the capital city of Kyiv and the second largest city, Kharkiv, had experienced shelling, according to international reports. The United Nations Human Rights office estimates 536 civilian casualties with over 100 deaths in the country.

Irina Rozovsky was born in Moscow, Russia, and helped organize the event. She’s also the co-founder of The Humid, a photography studio in town.

“You know, it's like ants versus elephants,” Rozovysky said. “But if enough people come together, then it's like Gulliver's Travels, you get this giant and eventually, if you all put your strength together … I mean, this seems both a little bit naive, but also … I think we need this.”