Cyber-wellness Means Cyber-awareRead more Addressing maternal mental healthcare in AfricaRead more Qatar v. Ecuador to kick off FIFA World Cup 2022™ on 20 NovemberRead more Webb Fontaine Announces Launch of Niger National Single Window (NNSW) to Bolster TradeRead more Ethiopia: Loan from United Nations Fund Allows Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to Scale Up Fertilizers for Farmers in TigrayRead more How Choosing the Right Printer Helps Small Businesses and Content Creators to Save Time, Maximise Productivity and Achieve GrowthRead more The United States Contributes USD $223 Million to Help World Food Programme (WFP) Save Lives and Stave Off Severe Hunger in South SudanRead more Eritrea: World Breastfeeding WeekRead more Eritrean community festival in Scandinavian countriesRead more IOM: Uptick in Migrants Heading Home as World Rebounds from COVID-19Read more

At New York protest, thousands call for Western intervention in Ukraine

show caption
CALIFORNIA, USA - MARCH 5: People gather for a rally in Los Angeles, United States to protest against Russia's attacks on Ukraine, on March 5, 2022. ( Katie McTiernan - Anadolu Agency )
Print Friendly and PDF

Mar 07, 2022 - 10:59 AM

NEW YORK — Thousands of people gathered Saturday in Times Square in New York in support of Ukraine, demanding the United States, NATO or the European Union intervene to stop the unfolding war.

Some were Ukrainian-American, while others were just New Yorkers who wanted to express their opposition to Russia’s invasion of the former Soviet republic.

The iconic New York square, known for its giant billboards, was a sea of blue and yellow, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. Protesters of all ages waved signs for hours calling for the end of the war, a no-fly zone over Ukraine and to simply “stop Putin,” with some photo collages comparing Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler.

The rally easily filled Times Square, which extends for several blocks in the heart of Manhattan.

Cars parked along the edge of the square revved their engines, as people stood out of the sun roofs waving Ukrainian flags.

Protester Tania Schneider, 32, called for “more military support, more humanitarian aid, medical aid, more ammunition, just support in general.”

“NATO needs to get involved. (The) European Union should get involved,” she told AFP.

Another demonstrator was Vasyl Koval, 31. The web developer, who had left his parents in Ukraine, came to Times Square to demand that Western nations “close the sky” over his home country to Russian fighter jets.

He urged the United States and NATO to act.

In tears, Tatiana Dyakun, a 38-year-old Ukrainian who has lived in the United States for six years, denounced the Russian invasion of Ukraine as “terrorism” and a “crime.”

“We ask for help… Please don’t wait!” she said to AFP, adding she was grateful for the “huge support” already coming from Western countries.

When asked if she thought Europe and the United States should intervene in Ukraine, she said “yes,” even if it risked a third world war.

“It’s going to be anyway, tomorrow or after tomorrow,” she said.

Many of the slogans on the signs at the protest were in response to Putin’s statement that an attempt by any country to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be considered “participation in an armed conflict.”

Kyiv’s request to impose a no-fly zone was rejected by both NATO and the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley.

Milley said doing so would mean taking on Russian air forces.

Protests in support of Ukraine blossomed all over the United States Saturday, with sister rallies taking place in Miami and Los Angeles.

  • bio
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • latest posts

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.