As Russia invades their homeland, the Ukrainian village community unites in prayer and support; “I’ve been crying all morning” – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — As Chicago’s Ukrainian community learns more about Russia’s invasion of their homeland, many gather to pray and support one another.

CBS 2’s Mugo Odigwe reports that many people in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood are connected to Ukraine in some way; whether they were born there and moved to the United States, or have relatives and friends who still live there.

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Yana Lychak left Ukraine for Chicago just three months ago with her parents, but her grandparents and friends are still in Ukraine.

“I feel so bad. I’m scared, because my friend is going to war today tomorrow morning. So I cry all morning,” she said.

Jaroslawa Abramiuk, director of the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago, said many people in the neighborhood probably didn’t sleep last night as Russia invaded Ukraine.

“We were all watching TV during this war – and it’s a war, even if it’s only in one country,” he said.

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On Thursday morning, students from the St. Nicholas Cathedral School in the Ukrainian village walked to the church for prayer. School officials said the church usually had a Thursday morning mass, but that day many students and other community members wanted to join in to say a prayer for Ukraine.

Eighth-grade student Paul Skomoroch said it was very difficult to take some of the footage from Ukraine.

“I was at home watching the news, and I was shocked that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin would in fact. I thought it would just be something he was going to scare the world off of,” he said. “I know many places have now been bombed, and all like that, but I just want it all to stop.”

“This world needs peace, we don’t need fighting,” he added.

Peace is a word that many people in this community would hear spoken. They just want to live and exist in peace.

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Meanwhile, a rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church.


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