‘She woke up with bombs’: Ukrainian diasporas in Latin America protest invasion

BUENOS AIRES/LIMA, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Leila Antonovsk, 28, a Ukrainian living in Argentina, fears for her mother’s safety in Odessa some 12,642 kilometers (7,855 miles) after an invasion of the country from Europe from the east by Russia. strengths this week.

“My mother is in Ukraine at the moment, in Odessa, and yesterday she woke up with bombs falling,” said Antonovsk, who was protesting at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires on Friday.

“She, like many of my friends, is currently trying to take refuge, to do something, but everything fell apart,” she said. “They’re really scared. Nobody knows what to do, we don’t know how to help, except come here.”

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Hundreds of Ukrainians marched through the streets of the Argentine capital with placards and yellow-blue flags calling on Russian troops to withdraw from Ukraine after an attack that marks the worst European security crisis in decades.

The Argentine Ukrainian community has nearly 450,000 members, the seventh largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world, according to the Argentine Embassy in Kyiv.

Oleh Jachno, president of the Argentine Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, said people wanted Ukrainian forces to “chase Putin” but were also worried about the daily shelling hitting cities.

Russian troops had reached the outskirts of the capital Kiev on Friday, with authorities warning to protect the city even as the two governments signaled a potential opening for negotiations. Read more

Protesters took to the streets in Brazil, Mexico and Peru, chanting “Long live Ukraine” and holding banners saying “Stop the war” and “Ukraine is not alone”.

“We are protesting for (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, this murderer, to get his people out of Ukraine, to stop the war because we don’t want any more deaths,” Ukrainian citizen Alina Karminska said in the capital Lima. Peruvian.

In Argentina, Yuri Vanov, a 37-year-old Russian citizen who has lived in the South American country for seven years, also came to take part in the protests against the invasion.

“We are obviously for peace, we don’t want people dying on any side let alone for political reasons that have nothing to do with what people think,” Vanov said.

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Reporting by Horacio Soria, Miguel Lo Bianco and Reuters TV; Written by Maximilian Heath; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Rosalba O’Brien

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