WASHINGTON – Thousands of people are expected to gather at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday to show solidarity with Ukraine a month after Russia invaded the country.
Several Ukraine advocacy groups are leading the rally, including United Help Ukraine, the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Ukrainian American Activists, Razom and the Renew Democracy Initiative. The rally is expected to start at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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According to a permit filed with the National Park Service, organizers expect around 5,000 people to attend.
The groups say at the rally that they will call on the United States to defend Ukraine’s freedom and democracy by performing the following four actions:
- Close the skies over Ukraine and equip Ukraine with effective air defense systems
- End all commercial ties with Russia and cut all Russian banks from SWIFT
- Getting humanitarian aid to Ukraine faster
- Simplifying the Process for Ukrainian Refugees in the United States
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The rally will also feature several keynote addresses from guest speakers. They include a video message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose appeal is expected to draw large crowds.
Here is the full list of speakers:
- Video address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy
- Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States
- Bill Kristol, director of Defending Democracy and founder of the Weekly Standard
- Tom Melia, Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Benjamin Cardin
- Luis Borunda, Assistant Secretary of State of Maryland
- Kirill Reznik, Maryland State Delegate
- Marie Yovanovitch, diplomat, former US Ambassador to Ukraine
- Adam Parkhomenko, political strategist, former field director of the Democratic National Committee
- Performance of children from Taras Shevchenko School of Ukrainian Studies
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Participants are encouraged to bring Ukrainian flags to the rally.
If you can’t attend the rally, organizers say you can still offer your support. They encourage people to put the Ukrainian flag on their porches or windows to show they #StandWithUkraine.