As high-level leaders and diplomats try to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, protesters are planning to gather in front of the White House.
Bus loads of people from Connecticut will be making the trip to attend today’s rally. Three busloads of Ukrainian Americans left Stamford around 6 a.m. to head to Washington, D.C.
The group plans to protest at the White House and march from there to the Russian Embassy to demand Russia withdraw its troops from Crimea, a divided part of Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to defend.
Many Ukrainian Americans, including those who gathered in Stamford, say they want a peaceful resolution to come from this but want their country and territory to keep its integrity.
“We want to ask the U.S. government to start a tug to start putting pressure on Putin and send him a clear message to back off from Ukraine and respect it as an independent and respect the democracy,” said Roman Scanislavskyy.
“We don’t care,” said Romana Czerepacha. “We just want peace.”