Hundreds Gather in Support of Ukraine at Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — Hundreds of people rallied on the campus of Michigan State University on Tuesday in support of Ukraine.

Students and visitors said they wanted their message to be clear – they stand in solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian student population at MSU.

It was a sight to see on Tuesday. Students draped in blue and yellow – two colors that many students would never have thought of wearing in Spartan territory, but Tuesday was different. It was about unity and Ukraine.

“We’re really trying to come together as friends and community, not just in Michigan, but across the country and around the world,” said Sofia Kuczer.

Some drove for hours to rally for peace for Ukraine. Kuczer drove from Metro Detroit, where her grandparents came after immigrating from Ukraine in the 1950s. She said she remembered hearing their stories, but never would have thought that she would see them again.

“It’s extremely horrifying to see these tragedies that seem to happen once in a century in a neighboring country,” Kuczer said.

She said it was heartwarming to see so many people supporting Ukraine.

“As hard to see as that, I think the Ukrainian people are showing many reasons why there should be hope too,” Kuczer said.

Protesters at the rally said they wanted people to call their elected representatives to encourage peace. They said that even if Ukraine does not see or hear their support from the MSU campus, they want Ukraine to know that they are watching and standing with them.

Ukrainian student Mason Harvans-Garrath sent a message to his native country in Ukrainian. He said “Keep fighting” and ended his statement with “Glory to Ukraine”.

“That pretty much means we’re with you, we’re on your side for everything,” said Ukrainian student John Zaryckyj. “Obviously our prayers are with the people of Ukraine. Stay strong.”

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