Ukrainian Cultural Center of New England

Holding placards of “support Ukraine,” hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the abetment of Ukraine amid its tensions of war with Russia on Sunday.

Mostly expatriates from Ukraine, supporters came out for a vigil at the World War II Memorial in Back Bay Fens to commemorate “The Heavenly Hundred.” The Heavenly Hundred is marked yearly on Feb. 20 to honor the 107 people killed during the Revolution of Dignity (also called the Maidan Revolution) in Ukraine in Feb. 2014, during a series of pro-democracy protests and also to oust then-President Viktor Yanukovych, who was accused of being “pro-Russia.”

Photo: Harshad Jadhav

Back-to-back memorial services at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church and St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Boston, both located in Jamaica Plain, started the day of memorial. A Ukrainian motorcade followed, beginning near the Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church and ending at the World War II Memorial. After reaching the memorial, advocates accumulated in front of the memorial with posters saying — “Hands off Ukraine,” “Stop Putin” and “Stop Nord Stream 2.”

“It doesn’t look good! It doesn’t look good,” Michael Larocca, a resident who lives close to the memorial, said when asked about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. “I hope it doesn’t go the wrong way.”

Stand With Ukraine: A Day of Solidarity in Boston

Photo: Harshad Jadhav

The event started with a speech by Anton Khlebas, organizer of the rally, who said, “Today we gather next to the World War [II] Memorial to commemorate The Heavenly Hundred. The heroes who gave their lives for liberty.”

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