“We are against war”: Russians in Atlanta show solidarity with Ukraine

Russians in Atlanta organize humanitarian aid

Russians in Atlanta organize humanitarian aid for Ukraine 01: 18

People have taken to the streets around the world to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has now been ongoing for nearly three weeks. Some Russians in Atlanta are protesting the invasion of Ukraine and participating in demonstrations.

In late February, Julia Krotova — who said she’s a former human rights lawyer in Russia and current political asylee — helped organize a protest in Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. According to her, the majority of Russians waved yellow and blue flags in support of Ukraine.

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A Russian-led demonstration in support of Ukraine near Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia on February 27, 2022. Courtesy of Julia Krotova

Krotova told CBS News that like many, she hopes for an “end to the war against Ukraine.”

“I feel pain. Krotova stated that she is crying a lot at the moment. “The people of Ukraine, even at great personal risk, are fighting for their country and freedom, right now. “

Krotova said she’s also participated in a movement to gather humanitarian aid for Ukrainians. That group, “Atlanta with Ukraine,” said on its website that it has collected nearly 20 tons of essential goods like clothes and non-perishable food.

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Julia Krotova stands with family and fellow volunteers after loading a cargo truck with essential goods to help people in Ukraine on Friday, March 11, 2022. Courtesy of Julia Krotova

The website said trucks will now take the aid to a port in Savannah, Georgia, where it will be shipped to Klaipeda, Lithuania en route to Lviv, Ukraine. According to the website, a humanitarian fund will distribute the aid across Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion has caused more than two million Ukrainians to flee their homes — and some Russians are unaware of what is really happening due to the nation’s crackdown on reporting. Atlanta-based Marina Kremyanskaya, who migrated from Russia to America more than 30 years ago, said she believes propaganda has misled people she knows in the country.

“My heart hurts”: Marina Kremyanskaya migrated from Russia to America more than 30 years ago. Kremyanskaya said that she was heartbroken by the conflict in Ukraine and is concerned for all people, including Russians. https://t.co/BuTmBpAFS7 pic.twitter.com/Eq90dT1IHX

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“Every day those people receive wrong information,” Kremyanskaya told CBS News. It’s difficult to convince them otherwise. “

Kremyanskaya says she is “proud” of those who have shown support for Ukrainians around the world, but is also sad for Russians who do not agree with the war.

“Putin is out of reality,” Kremyanskaya said. And I really regret for those Russians who are going to be subjected to such severe sanctions. “I’m sorry to both Russia and Ukraine. “

Tre’Vaughn Howard

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Tre’Vaughn Howard is a digital associate producer and writer for CBS News, focusing on international and culture stories.

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