Hundreds of New Yorkers most of whom of Ukrainian and Russian descent gathered in Times Square on Saturday to call for an end to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Some of the protesters brought along their children as they all denounce the military force of Russia and pledged support to Ukraine.
Sources said the protesters shouted “Long Live Ukraine”
Manhattan resident Yevgeniy Neverov, 30, who is originally from Kyiv, was at the rally with his wife Katia Karpenko, 28, originally from Moscow.
“The common sentiment is that we’re not against Russian people. It’s Putin, his cronies and his oligarch class, which rules the country,” Neverov said.
“If the US is concerned with the 1 percent, it’s like .0001 percent in Russia. That part controls everything,” Neverov added.
Mariya Gut, 18, of Queens, said her mother left the U.S. for Ukraine last week to volunteer in the defense.
“She went on purpose to help people,” Gut said.
“She’s helping people get clothes, she cooks for them, everything,” Gut added.