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Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday

Demonstrations were held in more Canadian cities to show of solidarity with Ukraine on Sunday, which marked the fourth day of Russia’s wide-ranging invasion.

Russia’s ongoing attack has prompted condemnation by many world leaders and triggered a raft of sanctions.

Many Canadians gathered on Saturday as well to show their support for Ukraine. Protests against Russia’s invasion have been held around the world in recent days — including in Russia itself, where police cracked down on protesters.

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Thousands of people marched in downtown Toronto on Sunday afternoon to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Thousands of people marched in downtown Toronto on Sunday to denounce the Russian invasion of Ukraine. (Grant Linton/CBC)

The event, billed as “Mega March for Ukraine,” was organized by the Toronto branch of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. 

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who represents Toronto’s University—Rosedale riding federally, was among those attending the rally. 

During the march, the crowd chanted: “Stand with Ukraine!”

In Hamilton, hundreds attended a solidarity rally where people waved Ukrainian flags and held signs calling for the world to “stand with Ukraine” as people driving by showed their support by honking.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Hundreds in Hamilton attended a rally in solidarity with Ukraine on Sunday. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

Thousands of Ottawa residents gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Sandy Hill on Sunday to stand united with Ukrainians and protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
People hold a giant Ukrainian flag as they rally against Russia’s invasion of the country during a protest outside Ottawa’s city hall on Sunday. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Afterwards, they marched through the city’s downtown core.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
People marched through downtown Ottawa on Sunday in a show of support for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion earlier in the week. (Kimberley Molina/CBC)

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Miroslawa Bilaniuk, who has family members in Ukraine, wears a crown of sunflowers as she participates in the Ottawa rally on Sunday. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

The colours of the Ukrainian flag were later projected onto the Peace Tower on Sunday evening.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
The colours of the Ukrainian flag were projected onto the Peace Tower in Ottawa on Sunday evening. (Sarah Sears/CBC)

Hundreds gathered in Kitchener-Waterloo on Sunday, as many Ukrainian-Canadians in the area grew increasingly worried about their loved ones caught in the conflict.

Sophia Gryshchenko, whose extended family lives in Kyiv and in western Ukraine, said the last several days have been extremely difficult.

“It’s just scary every day to be like ‘will they answer me the next day?'” she said.

“It’s been hard to focus on school right now and to get everything done. Sometimes it’s just hard to even believe and to process that it’s happening in the 21st century because it shouldn’t be happening.”

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Hundreds of people attended a rally in Kitchener-Waterloo on Sunday. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

In Eastern Canada, a gathering in Charlottetown saw scores of people meet at city hall Sunday morning to take part in a rally to show support for Ukraine.  

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Demonstrators also gathered in Charlottetown on Sunday to show support for Ukraine. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC News)

Some carried signs that read “Stop War” or “Stand With Ukraine.” A group of children waved the Ukrainian national flag and cars honked their horns as they drove by.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
People in Charlottetown held pro-Ukrainian signs and waved the country’s flag on Sunday. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC News)

“Usually it makes me cry when I see that someone not from Ukraine shows their support,” said Olexsandra Bezruchko, who is from Ukraine and attended the rally.

“My relatives are still there…. They’re scared because they’re seeking shelter right now instead of just having a great, wonderful Sunday.”

In Quebec, there was an outpouring of continued support for Ukraine at a rally in downtown Montreal on Sunday. It was the fourth day in a row that Montrealers had come out to protest in opposition of the invasion.

Demonstrators had previously gathered outside the Russian consulate in Montreal.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Montrealers have come out to protest the invasion of Ukraine for four days in a row, with many gathering at Place du Canada downtown on Sunday afternoon. (Valeria Cori-Manocchio/CBC)

“Most people here have family in Ukraine and we need to congregate and stay together in our own community to show support to one another,” said Michael Shwec, the president of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress. 

“We’re calling on all governments of the world to support creating a n- fly zone over Ukraine.”

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
People take part in a rally in support of Ukraine in downtown Montreal on Sunday. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

In the Prairies, protesters showed their support for Ukraine at rally in Saskatoon on Sunday.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
People attending a rally in Saskatoon on Sunday hold a giant Ukrainian flag. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
A demonstrator attending Sunday’s rally in Saskatoon holds a sign that reads ‘Stop the war: We stand with Ukraine!’ (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

 

Demonstrators gathered in Edmonton as well.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
People take part in a rally in support of Ukraine in Edmonton on Sunday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Several demonstrators hold signs reading ‘I stand with Ukraine’ at a rally in Edmonton on Sunday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

In British Columbia, about 150 people in Prince George gathered on the city hall steps on Sunday as part of a rally organized by St. George’s Ukrainian Church.

The people gathered heard from Mayor Lyn Hall, members of local First Nations communities and shared songs and prayers for those in Ukraine.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Draped in blue and yellow, people gathered in front of city hall in Prince George, B.C., on Sunday in solidarity with Ukraine. (Nadia Mansour/CBC)

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
People held up Ukrainian flags in front of the city hall in Prince George, B.C. on Sunday, in solidarity with Ukraine. (Nadia Mansour/CBC)

In northern Canada, demonstrators congregated in downtown Whitehorse, flying Ukrainian flags and holding up signs.

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
Demonstrators gathered in downtown Whitehorse on Sunday afternoon to show solidarity with Ukraine. (Chris Windeyer/CBC)

Svitlana Koptyeva, the organizer of the Sunday demonstration, came to Canada from Ukraine10 years ago.

She said these are extremely difficult times as her brother and mother still live in Ukraine.

“I feel scared for them,” she said. “This is something that everybody kind of knew would happen, but never believed it actually would.”

Demonstrations in solidarity with Ukraine held across Canada on Sunday
This sign reading ‘Stop Putin’ with a peace symbol drawn on it was seen at a demonstration in Whitehorse on Sunday. (Chris Windeyer/CBC )

The ongoing demonstrations taking place in Canada echo the sentiments of those opposing the war around the globe.

In Russia, police detained more than 2,000 people at anti-war protests in 48 cities across the country on Sunday, a protest monitoring group said.

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