NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is impacting people around the world, including some here in Tennessee.
On Friday morning, a group of people gathered to rally at the Tennessee State Capitol. Some held signs reading “save Ukraine”. Others shared personal stories of family members currently in Ukraine.
The rally comes after Russia invaded Ukraine. So far, 18,000 guns with ammunition have been distributed to Ukrainians. All men between the ages of 18 and 60 are banned from leaving the country.
With reports of hundreds of war casualties – including bombings that ripped through an apartment block in Kiev and bridges and schools destroyed – there were also growing signs that Vladimir Putin’s Russia might be looking for to overthrow the Ukrainian government.
“I have friends who sleep in the metro station because they are no longer safe at home. Their pets, their children are all with them and the situation is grim because we don’t know how long this will last and the supplies are not endless,” said Alyssa Kaiser.
The group said the protest was a call to action, hoping others will “stand up for Ukraine”.
“Ukrainians are very proud to be Ukrainians and right now the whole country is united against Russian aggression. Please help us fight this.
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