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[Photo Story] Students Rally Downtown To Support Ukraine

As tensions flare in eastern Europe, a group of Penn State students and community members gathered in support of Ukraine on Thursday.

The small-scale rally came under 24 hours after Russia began invading Ukraine, resulting in Europe’s first major land war in decades. Penn State’s Ukrainian Society, a student club, planned the event and organized supporters at the Allen Street Gates.

Community members arrived with Ukrainian flags in tow. A handful brought creative signs pleading for Ukrainian support and an end to the day-old war.

One group’s sign pleaded with passersby, asking them to contact their government representatives and donate to fundraising campaigns that support Ukrainian citizens in harm’s way. Another said, “СЛАВА УКРАЇНІ” — “Glory to Ukraine.”

This sign (left) translates to, “Putin is GONE!”

Some community members came empty-handed but spoke with others to learn more about Ukraine and its current concerns.

Others, meanwhile, kept their messages short and sweet.

The Ukrainian Society said it’s planning a larger rally next week, which will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in front of Old Main. The group will also host a meeting to make signs and teach songs at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 25, in 157 Burrowes.

Check out the Penn State Ukrainian Society’s Instagram page for more from Thursday afternoon’s event.

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