Since mid-January, various supporters of Ukraine have been gathering in Balboa Park for weekly rallies calling for the world to stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression. After the full-scale invasion, many of us promised to ourselves and the community that we would gather every weekend to show our support until Ukraine is free, peaceful, and independent again.
The war in Ukraine has been devastating, with tens of thousands killed, hundreds of thousands injured, and millions forced out of their homes. The country is facing scheduled blackouts as the enemy has been systematically destroying its energy infrastructure, hoping to intimidate the Ukrainian population, force the Ukrainian government into submission and retaliation, and cause another wave of refugee migration to Western Europe.
Despite the fatigue that many are feeling, this is the largest war in Europe since World War II, and it is a war that is marked by genocide against the Ukrainian population, multiple war crimes, and the utter destruction of the country’s infrastructure. This war deserves our full attention as it affects the entire world, and Ukraine plays an important role on the global stage.
Our rally is an opportunity to raise awareness and remind society that the war in Ukraine is not over. We invite you to join us as we stand with Ukraine.