Ukrainians in Baltimore Gather to Memorialize Dead
Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 09:49 AM EST
Ukrainian Americans in Baltimore are watching the events unfold in their native country and hoping it brings western change to the country.
The future of Ukraine is still unknown this weekend, as its deposed President Viktor Yanukovych appears to be in hiding.
Sunday morning in Baltimore's St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church, many gathered to pray for their native land and honor those who have died in the violence.
An estimated 5,000 Ukrainians live in the Baltimore area.
Many gather every week to send prayers and money back to the citizens who continue to demonstrate in Maidan.
More than a hundred protestors have been reportedly killed.
"Completely innocent protesters were gunned down by snipers," said Andrij Chornodolsky.
"Every Ukrainian male would give his life to Ukraine," added George Chapelsky.
After the service on Sunday, many of the parishioners and the pastor traveled to Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. across the street from The White House to memorialize the victims there as well.
"This is horrible. This is a horror we never thought we'd see in the 21st century. We're seeing Neanderthal behavior in a European country. Not acceptable anywhere," said Chornodolsky.