A day after Ukraine appealed for international help fearing a Russian invasion, two Ukrainians visiting Bangalore on the invitation of an NGO urged Indians to express support for people of their country.
Danyil Maiorou and Maryna Mytrofanenko are from Cherkasy, a city in central Ukraine. “We cannot fight the crisis alone. We want peace. We need the support of people from other nations as well,” Mr. Maiorou said. He asked Indians to organise gatherings or make videos to express solidarity.
They have decided to cut short their trip to be amidst friends and relatives during the “tense” times. “Our family and friends are advising us not to return as they fear that the situation would worsen in the coming days. Right now, Russian soldiers have entered only the southern part of the country, but it is likely that the other parts would be affected soon,” said Mr Maiorou.
Ms. Mytrofanenko said that the situation had changed “drastically” over the past few months. Mr Maiorou said that although day-to-day activities were not affected in his city, “the anxiety among people is growing. They are afraid”.