LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – From around the world, Ukrainian Americans living in Las Vegas are watching the terror unfold.
Ukrainian Americans here cannot believe their eyes and are worried about their families in Ukraine. As protests take place around the world to show their support, they are planning one here.
A Ukrainian salute – “Slava Ukrayini, slava heroyam, z namy Boh” – translates to “Glory to Ukraine, glory to the heroes, God is with us”.
From Las Vegas, Svitlana Boley prays for her family in Ukraine.
“Where my parents live in Odessa, we have a nearby village, the bomb fired there immediately… 20 civilians die,” Boley said.
Boley has a photo from when she was in Ukraine a few years ago. She is in constant contact with her family and says the people there are fighting.
“We are not giving up. We are not running away. We’re showing the world this is our land,” Boley said.
Now the Las Vegas community is coming together to show their support for Ukraine.
“We are not going to serve Russian products unit this crisis is resolved,” said Eric Gladstone, spokesman for Evel Pie. Downtown Las Vegas pizzeria and bar is getting rid of all Russian vodka and replacing it with Ukrainian vodka. A $5 special kicks off Saturday to raise money to help the people of Ukraine.
“It’s just a way of saying we don’t support what’s going on right now,” Gladstone said.
At Ron’s Eastern European Market in the Southwest Valley, flyers popped up for a protest scheduled for Saturday on the Las Vegas Strip.
“They don’t want to give up their free country, their free city. If Kiev collapses, all of Ukraine collapses,” said Luiza Novytska, from Ukraine.
Demonstrations took place around the world.
“That’s what we’re asking for, to show that our voice is heard,” said Yelena Frolova, also from Ukraine.
Now local Ukrainians want to send a message.
“Anyone can come forward”, according to Vera Frolova from Ukraine. “Ukrainians, Russians, Americans… we are all fighting for peace and we want the world to see us.”
This protest begins on the Strip near the LINQ at 3 p.m. Saturday.