Ukrainian Freedom March – Phoenix

May 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
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Destry PetrovEvent website

WHAT: This march is one of several being held across the country (the main one in Washington DC and several others in California and Florida) with the intention to spread awareness of the crisis in Eastern Ukraine and to put pressure onthe United States to be tough on Russia and to continue and expand sanctions on the Russian government.
WHERE: We will meet at Cesar Chavez Memorial Plaza at 5 pm and then march to Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, where we will hold a vigil and a short religious service tohonor those affected by the war. Afterwards, stick around for the premiere of Breaking Point, the newUkrainian documentary by 3 time Academy award winning director MarkJonathan Harris.
WHEN: May 20th2017
WHY: We demand that the Russian assisted militia immediately vacate the Donbas region and that Crimea be returned to Ukraine. We also insist that the United Statesgovernment follow through with its promise in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum and make it clear to Putinthat he can’t continue his aggressive expansionist tactics without facing consequences. GLORY TO UKRAINE! СЛАВА УКРАЇНІ! СЛАВА УКРАИНЕ!

On February 22nd, 2014 Viktor Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine at the time, fled from his country after a series of protests against his policies that sacrificed Ukraine’s well being for closer alliances with Russia instead of the EU (collectively known as Euromaidan) forced him out of his position. Though he abused his power and the Ukrainian people and attempted to shut down protests by ordering his military police to attack peaceful protesters, the Ukrainian people overcame his oppression.
Shortly after, Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops to Ukraine and annexed the region of Crimea. This was a clear violation of the Budapest Memorandum, which Russia, Ukraine and the United States signed to de-nuclearize Ukraine. In exchange, Russia and the United States agreed to respect Ukraine’s status as an independent country and promised not to attack it in any way. If any country were to violate the Memorandum, the United States agreed to aid inthe protection of Ukraine.

Fast-forward 3 years and the Donbas war has claimed over 10,000 lives and displaced more than 1.4 million people who have had to flee their homes. Russian backed rebels have been waging a ruthless campaign against Ukrainian held territory and civilians are often injured or killed in areas where the separatists attack. We must insist that Russian troops immediately leave Ukrainian territory, and that the United States government comply with the Budapest Memorandum.