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Protesters gather in Millennium Park and truckers rally downtown, everyone saying Ukraine needs help now – CBS Chicago

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CHICAGO (CBS) – As Ukrainian troops held back Russian forces trying to seize the capital Kiev on Saturday, crowds once again filled the streets and roads of Chicago in support of Ukraine.

As CSB 2’s Shardaa Gray reported, a march was held downtown on Saturday, and several semi-trailer truck drivers also went downtown to show their support.

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Everyone we spoke to on Saturday still has family in Ukraine. They watch them every chance they get, but they say their country needs as much help as possible.

Tractor-truck cabs lined Columbus Drive from Ida B. Wells Drive to Roosevelt Road on Saturday. They headed three miles down the Kennedy Highway in the southbound lanes to their destination at Grant Park – where Freedom Convoy organizers said the United States had an obligation to help Ukraine.

“We want the US government to support Ukraine – to support Ukraine, as they should support Ukraine,” organizer Stefan Nojek said.

“They feel completely left behind and abandoned by what is happening politically by our leaders here in the West,” said Ros Saciuk, chairman of the Palatine-based Ukrainian Voters’ Suburban Council.

Roksolana Bunha is from Kyiv and said her father is still there.

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“He was at home,” she said. “But the city like the sirens, and the people here, like there, it’s like an SOS signal.”

Protesters also gathered in Millennium Park on Saturday, waving Ukrainian flags and holding signs calling on Ukraine’s allies to intervene.

Earlier Saturday morning, Catholic churches in Chicago held special masses and rosaries to pray for peace and an end to war.

Protesters fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin will simply attack Ukraine.

“Putin will not resign,” said Yuriy Makar. “At the moment, Ukraine is just a stepping stone for his plan.”

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Another protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to take place on Sunday.