Demonstration in Montreal: Ukrainians will not give in to fear

Protest in Montreal: Ukrainians will not give in to fear


If the new Russian bombardments have Ukrainians fearing an escalation of the conflict, many of them refused to give in to fear this Monday, during a demonstration organized in front of the Russian consulate in Montreal. 

“It's important to be here to show our anger,” said Marta Martynuk, 23, from Lviv, Ukraine. It is different from February, because this time we are not crying. The bombings are supposed to scare us, but they unite us a little more. »

Marta Martynuk, 23-year-old Ukrainian, at the demonstration organized Monday afternoon in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montreal.

On Monday, a hundred Ukrainians gathered in front of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Montreal, to denounce the Russian strikes that hit several cities in Ukraine a few hours earlier.< /p>

“Putin understands that he is losing and is trying everything for everything, these bombings are the result of the most total disarray, thinks Volodymyr Kouchnir, dean of the Ukrainian Orthodox cathedral Sainte-Sophie in Montreal. It is a tragic attack, but the Russian regime will eventually collapse. We will win this war. »

Arrived in Quebec at the end of August from Kyiv with his wife Olena and his son Mark, Mohand Benarab said he was “very worried” after this new Russian offensive.

“Putin sends us a signal, he wants to show us that he is capable of the worst, believes this father. I fear another attack on an even greater scale than today.”

Echoing the words of President Volodymyr Zelensky , who claimed after Monday's attacks that Ukraine was dealing with terrorists, several demonstrators held up signs reading “Russia, terrorist state” or “Putin, murderer”.

Montréal protest: Ukrainians will not give in to fear< /p>

Montréal protest: Ukrainians will not back down fear

“I think it's time for Canada to officially declare Russia a terrorist state,” said Marta Martynuk. Negotiating a peace treaty with Russia would be turning a blind eye to all the atrocities committed by this regime since the beginning of the war. »

“The war is not over”

For Elena Altgauzen, a volunteer at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Michael, these new strikes should be considered a booster shot.

“In recent weeks, we have seen a lot of relaxation in public opinion, she underlines. In Kyiv, we even saw images of people going quietly to work or to a restaurant. These attacks come to put our ideas back in place: the war is not over. ”

In tears, the 59-year-old woman also explained that she feared the worst for her sister stranded in Ukraine. Other Ukrainian refugees interviewed by Le Journal also expressed concern for their relatives back home.

“Even if my parents are modest people who do not easily show their emotions, I hear in their voices that they are afraid, explains moved Kateryna Armeeva, who arrived in Montreal last June. They stayed in Zaporizhia, and every morning it's the same routine: I watch the news with great concern.”

Viktorria Babych, who arrived with her husband in Saint-Apollinaire at the end of May, was informed of the Russian attacks by her 20-year-old son, stuck in Kyiv because of administrative problems.

“I was sleeping when my son called me in a panic to explain that Kyiv was being bombed, says the 42-year-old woman from Pokrovsk. I have only one wish, and that is that he can join us here as soon as possible. »

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