Local Ukrainians mourn deaths of protestors

Updated: 02/23/2014 12:08 AM
Created: 02/22/2014 10:27 PM WHEC.com

While protestors in Ukraine are celebrating what appears to be a victory, Ukrainian Americans here in Rochester gathered Saturday evening to mourn the deaths of hundreds of protestors.

They also gathered at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church to pray for the protestors who stormed the capitol Saturday and are still marching in Independence Square.

After months of unrest over democracy, the country's parliament voted to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych.

But one woman News10NBC spoke to said this victory comes at a high price. Just this week, the Ukrainian government says at least 78 protestors were killed.

“I cried a lot over the last few days because when you see the list of those who've died, there are people from my hometown, from my city I grew up with, there are people from the city who I went to university with. There are people I don't know personally, but it feels so personal when you look at those children who are 17, 18, 20, 22 and they died,” said Elena Dilai, Ukrainian National League of America.

Local Ukrainians are praying something positive comes out of the loss of lives in their homeland. The Ukrainian President has said he does not recognize parliament's vote and will not step down.

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