Ukraine supporters rally in San Francisco, calling for additional military aid from West

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Hundreds of people rallied in the Bay Area Saturday to support the people of Ukraine and condemn the Russian invasion. Many are worried about family and friends caught in the crisis.

There was an outpouring of support for Ukraine at the foot of Market Street Saturday, hundreds of people stood in solidarity under a sea of blue and yellow flags.



The crowd chanted, "glory to Ukraine" and praising those who are pushing back against the Russian invasion.

"Our Ukrainian troops are doing great fighting back against the Russian aggression," said rally organizer Anastasia Popova.

"I have friends in Kyiv who have armed themselves they're staying, Putin didn't expect it, he expected us to roll over they are fighting for freedom," said Andray Kryvoruka.

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But amid the heroism, there is fear for relatives caught in the fighting. Oryna Shevchenko's family in Eastern Ukraine have taken cover where there is no heat and sporadic electricity.

"Last night, they had to stay in a basement while there was active shooting, over five hours," she said.

"Ukraine needs to the world now, I call on everyone to act," said one speaker.

Activists are now are calling on NATO and the West to help with military aid for Ukraine.

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"Right now, the United States and NATO need to fight back, sanctions are not enough," Popova added.

This group raising awareness with rallies, vigils and prayers to help the country they love.

Another rally to support Ukraine is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at San Francisco City Hall.

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