Local residents gather to pray for Ukraine

Published 02/22 2014 10:41PM

Updated 02/22 2014 10:43PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Nearly half a world away, more than fifty locals gathered in Green Bay Saturday to pray for peace in Ukraine.

Songs, hymns and prayers filled St. Matthew Orthodox Church.

Jonathan Volodimir Donnan was amoung those present. He is originally from Ukraine and decades after leaving the country, he said he is saddened by what is transpiring.

"There's been a lot of uncertainty in the last few days," Donnan said. "So [his family] really appreicates a lot of the prayers and support they're getting from people abroad."

Father Maximus Cabey cautioned those in attendence not to act out of anger, but instead forgiveness.

"We have to find a way to disagree with mutual respect," Cabey said. "We have to be able to meet violence with peace, hatred with love."

Donnan told Local 5 that his family, much of whom still lives in Western Ukraine, is safe. Also sharing in Donnan's worry is Valentyn Tereshchenko.

He is praying for those "who have fallen during this revolution," he said.

Today, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was impeached, in what he called a coup, after a week of deadly fighting in the streets of Kiev. He is believed to have fled the capitol and Ukraine's parliament has voted to hold a presidential election in May.

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