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Eugene community rallies for peace in Ukraine

Rachael McDonald
Several dozen people gathered at the old Federal Building at 7th Ave. and Pearl St. Sunday, March 3, 2022 to protest the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Several dozen people protested the Russian invasion of Ukraine Sunday in Eugene. They heard from a Ukrainian man who called for more support for his country.

Andrew Schular spoke to the gathering at the old Federal Building downtown.

“Support Ukraine. Support (the) Ukrainian army,” he said through a bullhorn. “I know that there are a lot of people who do not support violence. But we didn’t choose this violence.”

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Rachael McDonald
Andrew Schular (right) spoke to people gathered to protest the war in Ukraine on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Michael Carrigan (left)with Community Alliance of Lane County, which helped organize the event, holds the bullhorn.

Schular said his family is in Ukraine. Many friends are fleeing, others are taking up arms to fight. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin is acting as a terrorist.

“The world needs to stand and to stop it because otherwise it will be just devastation on and on,” Scholar said. He will not stop. He will just go on.”

Scholar has been living in Eugene for about a year with his wife who is studying for her doctorate at the University of Oregon. He said they call their family and friends back home every time they learn of another bombing by Russian troops.

“Many of my friends from the eastern Ukraine are now fleeing to the western Ukraine and abroad,” he said. “They are forced to do that just because there is nowhere to live. The cities are collapsing. There is no water. There is no provision anymore. The infrastructure is devastated. This is how hard Russia is just striking with its rockets.”

Schular said the U-S and NATO should establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine and send more ammunition and support.

Locally, the Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Catholic Church in Springfield is raising funds for humanitarian aid.

Schular is in Eugene with his wife who is studying for her Doctorate at the University of Oregon.

Rachael McDonald
Someone holds a "No to War" sign at the corner of 7th and Pearl in Eugene Sunday, March 6, 2022 during a rally against the Russian war in Ukraine.

Other speakers at Sunday’s event called peace, one for an end to NATO. A former Marine said he’s now working for peace. The rally was organized by a consortium of activist groups who are concerned about the toll war has not just on human beings but also the environment and climate.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.