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Save Ukraine, Save the World: A Solidarity Protest.

Updated: Feb 28, 2022


Ohio has a large Ukrainian population, and Cincinnati is home to many of them.  In February of 2014, Russia "separatists" began a slow moving invasion and occupation of  Eastern Ukraine.  On February 24th, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale attack and invasion on Ukraine, sending ballistic missiles, jets, tanks, and troops into the country.  On Friday, February 25, an anti-war protest was held in response to this Russian invasion at the Home of the Brave park in Loveland, Ohio.
A protestor holds a sign in support of Ukraine

In February of 2014, Russian "separatists" began an occupation of Eastern Ukraine. Eight years later on February 24th, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale attack in Ukraine. Russia has been sending ballistic missiles, jets, tanks, and soldiers into the country after publicly promising no intent to do so. On Friday, February 25, an anti-war protest was held in response to this Russian invasion at the Home of the Brave park in Loveland, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. Ohio has a large Ukrainian population, and the greater Cincinnati area is home to many.



a woman stands in a crowd of protestors
Nazly Mamedova, an immigration lawyer and protest organizer

I arrived at the protest early and met Nazly Mamedova, an immigration lawyer who was one of the organizers. We discussed where the protest would start as cars trickled into the parking lot where attendees wrote up signs and greeted each other with hugs and handshakes. "It's probably going to be a bit emotional." she warned after hugging a teary-eyed woman. Nazly was correct. There were many emotions on display at the protest; rage, sorrow, anguish, determination, pride, hope.


Most protestors were from Ukraine and have loved ones threatened by the Russian invasion. Other protestors were from neighboring countries like Belarus, Romania, Georgia, Russia, and Poland. Even a few Algerians came to show their support of Ukraine.





The protest began with a small group of cars, then exploded into a larger crowd. Though a bit disorganized at first, the protestors came together in chants, waving Ukrainian flags and signs condemning Putin. Eventually, they made their way to the main road in front of the park and were met with honking cars supporting the cause as they sang the Ukrainian national anthem, translated into English below:



"Ukraine is not yet dead, nor its glory and freedom, Luck will still smile on us brother-Ukrainians. Our enemies will die, as the dew does in the sunshine, and we, too, brothers, we'll live happily in our land.

We’ll not spare either our souls or bodies to get freedom and we’ll prove that we brothers are of Kozak kin."



Make no mistake, Ukraine is at war. This is not some Russian separatists fighting in sparsely populated areas. Neighborhoods are being bombed and hit with missiles by Russian fighter jets. Videos pouring in on social media show the devastation in Ukraine, every day streets filled with commuters and families now littered with rubble and bodies. Many Ukrainians are trapped with nowhere to go, and seemingly no one to help them. Russia's flagrant aggression in the Ukraine is not just against Ukrainian military, but civilians. Lying about his true intentions over and over again while preparing to attack Ukraine, Putin must be held accountable for his actions. Just how that should happen is up for debate.


Some of the attendees speak about the political actions that should have been taken to prevent this from happening to begin with. Others mention sending bullets and bombs instead of politicians. All are in agreement, though. What's happening in the Ukraine is unacceptable and it should be stopped.




The goal of the protest was to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people, influence representatives to provide aid to Ukraine, and hopefully give protection to Ukrainian people of different statuses. Some Ukrainians are in the United States on visas that could expire soon, and they face the threat of returning to a country in the midst of war. The protestors want to ensure these people have a protected status, as well as offer asylum to people currently in Ukraine displaced by the war. One of their goals was met, as another demonstration is scheduled for Monday, February 28th at 3:00 in front of Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. The mayor, along with other politicians, will be expected to be in attendance.


If you would like to donate to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine, you can do so with the link below.

https://novaukraine.org/?fbclid=IwAR3OIARs6AtmQQ38bHD0Q6UZJXI5gG3AsRYJB3qmci2t8RwgTGaRO3ZbW6U

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