Calgarians gathered at Crescent Heights Lookout Point on Sunday to denounce the deployment of 100,000 Russian troops along the Ukrainian border in recent weeks, joining other alongside Ukraine gatherings across Canada.
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“At present, Russia has accumulated a lot of military reinforcements along Ukraine and is threatening to continue the escalation of the ongoing invasion,” said Inna Platonova, president of the Calgary branch of the Ukrainian Congress. Canadian.
“We are here to show our support for Ukraine, to stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, to thank Canada and its allies for their support.
Since the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, at least 14,000 people have been killed and more than 1.5 million people have been displaced due to Russian aggression, the UCC said.
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“We’ve seen what Russia can do, and Russia isn’t bluffing, so I think we should take these threats very seriously,” Platonova said, noting that her extended family still lives in Ukraine.
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Thousands of Ukrainian Canadians have called Calgary home, organizers said.
“Calgary has the fifth largest Ukrainian community in Canada and the second largest in Alberta, so we’re all very concerned,” Platonova said.
“We are alarmed by what is happening right now along the Ukrainian border. We are obviously very alarmed by the ongoing invasion of Russia, and we have come here to stand in solidarity with Ukraine and show our support for Ukraine in these difficult times.
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The Canadian government has updated its recommendations for travelers on February 1 to say, “Avoid all travel to Ukraine due to continued Russian threats and risk of armed conflict.”
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