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Hundreds gather in Vancouver to support Ukraine amid escalating war

Click to play video: 'British Columbians rally for second straight weekend over Ukrainian conflict'
British Columbians rally for second straight weekend over Ukrainian conflict
Hundreds rallied at the Vancouver Art Gallery Saturday, in a sign of their support for an end of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Paul Johnson reports. – Mar 5, 2022

Hundreds of people turned out to the Vancouver Art Gallery’s north plaza on Saturday to support of the people of Ukraine on Saturday, as Russia’s war with the Eastern European country escalates.

While substantial, the crowd was smaller than the estimated more than 1,000 people that turned out for a similar rally in the same location last weekend.

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“The war is not over — the bombs are still killing civilians in Ukraine. People are losing their homes, savings, assets, and most importantly — their lives,” organizers wrote in a Facebook post for the event.

Click to play video: 'More than 1,000 rally against Russian invasion of Ukraine in Downtown Vancouver'
More than 1,000 rally against Russian invasion of Ukraine in Downtown Vancouver

“It is our duty as people of this city to show support and stand in a united front against Russian invasion and annexation of a sovereign state.”

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Organizers are also calling on supporters to donate to Ukrainian aid and to pressure Canadian politicians to take a stronger stance against Russia.

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Another rally is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. at Vancouver’s Jack Poole Plaza.

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