Capital Region Rallies in Support of Ukraine [PHOTOS]
It was a very cold night Thursday, regardless, a rally was held in Saratoga where dozens came to show their support for the people of Ukraine as they continue to fight off a Russian invasion. Many came holding Ukrainian flags, signs of support, and at one point the crowd sang the Ukrainian National Anthem. The vigil was held at the corner of Broadway and Church Street.
'Envelopes of Hope' were being collected, where people could put $20 in cash in an envelope to be delivered via Poland to help Ukrainians in crisis. It is estimated one million people are expected to flee the country, potentially making it the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War 2.
Other organizations in the Capital Region are also helping with the effort to deliver aid to the Ukrainians. The St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Watervliet is accepting donations of clothing, food and other items.
Ballston Lake resident Dana Mahouttchian tells News Channel 13 she's vey concerned for her loved ones in Ukraine.
They don’t know, they’re worried, they don’t know if they’re going to survive, they don’t know if their homes are going to be there, but they said they’re willing to stay to the end. They were asked to evacuate today and they refused. It makes me feel awful, it makes me feel helpless.
Thursday night's rally brought out people from all backgrounds and political affiliations with one message in support of the Ukrainian people.