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Ukrainian-born protesters gathered outside the White House on Thursday night to demand that President Biden impose tougher sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin as his forces invade Ukraine.
A protester named Olga, whose work involves politics in Washington, D.C., told Fox News Digital that she met with protesters to show her support for Ukraine in a bid to encourage Biden to take steps. stronger measures against Russia.
Urging the United States to impose “tougher sanctions” on Russia, Olga pointed out that the sign she and her friends were displaying demanded that Biden send weapons to Ukraine.
“So we have weaknesses, obviously, and we’re up against one of the biggest armies in the world, and now we’re outnumbered,” she said of Ukraine. “We don’t have the means to defend ourselves.
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Olga added that any form of military support or other pressure would be welcome, in her view.
‘We are worried’
Another protester named Andrew, who was reunited with Olga and has lived in the United States for 20 years, echoed her concerns, saying the Biden administration could do more.
“We believe there is more to be done, particularly turning Russia off from SWIFT,” said Andrew, who also went on to say that the United States could help by offering arms to Ukraine.
“The next thing you know will be on the steps of Western Europe,” he warned.
“We are worried for the family in Ukraine, for their safety,” said another protester named Nataliya. “It’s also the fight for freedom and what Ukrainians believe in.”
“We have our own identity,” Nataliya continued. “Now we are Ukrainian-American. But at the same time, we have a lot of ties with Ukraine. So what happens today will happen somewhere else tomorrow. So we believe in democracy and principles. is why we are here.”
A protester named Viktor, who has lived in the United States for five years, echoed those sentiments.
“We are here to show our support for our country because, as you know, we have been invaded by our Russian neighbors,” he said. “We came here to seek the support of our American friends.”
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“We want to stop the war, we want to stop the bloodshed,” Viktor said. “That’s what we want. We want peace, we don’t want war.”
“We need more help from our European and American partners as well,” he added.
‘Biden has a really tough job’
A protester named Sam, who stood alone in Lafayette Park across from the White House while holding a candle, told Fox News Digital she feared the Russian aggression was going out of control.
“We’ve let Putin off the hook for too long, and people just have a visceral reaction to the war,” she said. “We must not neglect all those innocent people who are going to die because of a useless war.”
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Explaining how his grandfather was a refugee who fled Ukraine after his family was killed by the Russians in World War II, Sam said: “Biden is in a very difficult situation because how do you treat someone? ‘one who just doesn’t care what international laws are and what the international community says about innocent human lives?
“So I think Biden has a really tough job,” she added.