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City of Lexington holds peace vigil in support of Ukraine

The city of Lexington is gathering Wednesday night to show support for Ukraine in the form of a...
The city of Lexington is gathering Wednesday night to show support for Ukraine in the form of a peace vigil at the Courthouse Plaza.(WKYT)
Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 3:42 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dozens of people showed in downtown Lexington Wednesday evening to stand with Ukraine as Russia’s invasion of the country continues.

Hundreds held signs, waved flags and prayed for peace.

“He shared a picture with me of his wife Valentina at the train station. Waving goodbye to him and hoping they’d be reunited,” said Campbell Wood, who has friends in Ukraine.

“It’s happening again. Even though Ukraine has had independence for 30 years, the same thing is happening again,” said Mary Claire O’Neil.

For many, the events unfolding are all too reminiscent of the Cold War, when fear of nuclear war was imminent.

“That was a fear we went to bed with and woke up with in the morning. Then finally that was over and now it’s opening up all of these wounds,” said Georgetown College professor Dr. Chistel Broady, who also serves as a European Representative on the Mayor’s International Advisory Commission.

Co-organizer of the peace vigil, Dr. Broady lived in a Russian, at the time Soviet Union-occupied East Germany. Her family still in Europe are braced for the worst now.

“President Putin did not just attack Ukraine. He’s attacking western freedom and democracy,” Dr. Broady said.

As Ukrainians fight, the people in Lexington gathered. They prayed, sang, and cried for the lives lost.

“I have very little hope for a diplomatic solution. I think there will be a lot of blood sadly,” Dr. Broady said.

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