Zelensky address: Ukrainians in Ottawa react with mixture of pride and heartbreak

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Hundreds of Ukrainians throughout Canada watched as President Volodymyr Zelensky made his speech and plea to the Home of Commons.

On the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, dozens watched with satisfaction, together with church member Natalka Foty Mason.

“Assist Ukrainians, assist them,” says Foty Mason. “That’s all he’s asking for, and he retains asking for that. And sure, there’s some assist that’s being despatched, however Ukraine is being sacrificed.”

“Oh it was so spectacular,” says Gabriela Gref-Innes. “He was so good. And so good to see the connection we’ve got from right here. And it’s so good to see Zelensky discuss to us. He spoke to all people, all Canadians. And all of us really feel it.”

“It’s emotional for me, as a result of I perceive what he’s asking for,” says member Sofia Sawka. “And we don’t what different means we’ve got to assist, besides do what we’re doing.”

What they’re doing is making tons of of perogies, which they do each Tuesday, with all of the proceeds going in direction of serving to Ukraine.

“All people is greater than blown away with president Zelensky,” says Angie Reshitnyk. “I feel that he’s being a hero. Standing up for what he believes in. That is his nation.”

Cassian Soltykevych, the nationwide secretary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, watched the speech from inside a packed Home of Commons.

Cassian Soltykevych, the nationwide secretary of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, was within the Home of Commons Tuesday, March 15, for President Volodymyr Zelensky’s handle to Parliament. (Photograph courtesy of Cassian Soltykevych)

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“It was extremely quiet. Everybody was sitting on needles throughout his handle,” says Soltykevych. “I feel it was the remark simply in regards to the CN Tower. You understand, attempting to consider and visualize fighter jets and rockets flying over your metropolis is simply one thing that we are able to’t even start to think about.”

Chuch member Kristine Broadhead not solely helps with the perogies, she makes tiny blue and yellow flags that individuals can put on.

“I although it was a pleasant and passionate speech,” says Broadhead. “I very a lot admire this man; I feel he’s a tremendous chief. And I perceive his frustration that I feel we’re seeing within the speech that individuals are saying they’re behind you and we’re standing with you, however they’re not getting what they want. And we’re all heartbroken about that.”

Zelensky is scheduled to talk to america Congress on Wednesday.

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