Local politicians are extending their support for Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, and some met with the Ukrainian Consulate General on Friday.
Council members Eric Dinowitz and Marjorie Velazquez gathered with others to tell the Ukrainian Consulate General in New York, Oleksii Holubov, that the city is there for Ukraine.
The consul general was visibly sad and made an emotional appeal. “Ukraine really needs your help. Ukraine needs your help badly,” Holubov said.
Holubov received a proclamation to honor the 140,000 Ukrainians living in the city, as well as those who stayed at home.
He says he hasn’t seen anything like it since World War II and is asking elected officials to help him push for tougher sanctions on Russia, a no-fly zone over the Ukraine and defensive equipment.
“I’m sure you’ll all be proud of your response when your children and grandchildren ask you, while learning from their history books, what you did,” Holubov said.
UJA-Federation of New York says it has already authorized $3 million to help with relief efforts on the ground and plans to authorize another $2 million soon.