Open Umbrellas Over Ukraine Rally

On Monday night, October 11th, the Ukrainian community of the Twin Cities gathered in Northeast Minneapolis for an emergency rally in support of Ukraine after a day of horrible attacks across the country. Dozens of community members showed up draped in blue and yellow flags, and touting opened umbrellas to represent closing the sky over Ukraine, and the need for air defense systems and other aid from Western allies. Fox 9 News was on hand to cover the rally, and interviews were given by community members, who offered firsthand accounts of trying to reach family members in Ukraine on Monday morning to ensure their safety. The full news feature can be seen below.

The rallying group gathered at the Ukrainian American Community Center, and marched across the Hennepin bridge as the sun began to set in the sky. Traditional Ukrainian songs were sung along the way, and many motorists on the bridge honked their horns in solidarity with Ukraine. A moment of silence was held on the bridge to honor those who lost their lives throughout the span of the war, including during the senseless attacks on Monday.

Later on, the national anthem of Ukraine was sung, and photos were taken of the rally participants standing together in front of the Community Center. The event was another reminder of the strength of the Ukrainian spirit here in the Twin Cities and abroad. Together, we will continue to rise above the evil and hate, and strive for peace, love, and safety across Ukraine in the days to come.

By: Drew Seibert and Daria Herasymova