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‘Be more about love, less about hate’: Gatherers show support for Ukraine at Sundance Square

Russian-born Fort Worth resident Alyssa Honer and her daughters showed support for Ukraine at the “Stop Putin, Save Ukraine” gathering in downtown Fort Worth on March 4. 

“We were very shocked. We want the world to know that we don’t want this war,” Honer said. “We want peace.”

Honer’s parents were born in Ukraine and she has relatives there — the family worked in the automobile production industry in Tolyatti, Russia. 

“I am not ashamed of being Russian because our countries have always been connected,” she said. 

The evening opened with a gathering at Sundance Square, followed by a performance of the Ukrainian and U.S. national anthems by the Veselka Ukrainian Folk Singers of Dallas. Shortly after, singer Ludmila Kasyanenko took the stage.

Organizer Natialiia Hays has hosted gatherings in Plano, Dallas and outside the Tarrant County Courthouse. Hays was born and raised in Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine.

“My mom is here. She came here on Jan. 5 and was supposed to leave March 20, but nobody expected this,” Hays said.

Organizers will hold a rally to show support for Ukraine in Southlake on March 13. A Ukrainian store in Dallas, Ukie Style Embroidery Art on 2817 Preston Road, will donate all sale proceeds to Ukraine indefinitely.

“We need to be more about love, less about hate,” Honer said.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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