Updated: 03/09/2014 11:15 PM
Created: 03/09/2014 6:30 PM WHEC.com
Ukrainian natives in Rochester are calling for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.
Three dozen people gathered Sunday afternoon at Washington Square Park to rally for peace. They sang songs, recited poetry and prayed for their fellow Ukrainians.
Local Ukrainians say any political, ethnic or territorial issues in Ukraine should be decided by the people. They are frustrated by Russia's invasion and are calling for the immediate withdrawal of its troops. Ukrainian natives don't want to see another incident that will claim lives like the years of famine in that country. They say people want their independence and their freedom.
Valentina Makohon said, "This earth is meant for all of us to live together in friendship and cooperation. We don't want any wars, and any animosity among nations and people's we would like to all be sharing the values of democracy."
Local Ukrainians fear Russia's invasion of the Crimean peninsula will only end the conflict and say the safety of the people and the relationship between the two countries is seriously compromised.