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Ukrainian Group of Morgantown plans occasions to mark anniversary of invasion

A gaggle of space musicians are taking over the Ukrainian trigger with guitars and amplifiers this night in Morgantown.

The “Free Ukraine” live performance begins at 6 p.m. on the 123 Nice St. venue and can function performances by Emma Birdz, Tommy Thompson III, Ted Kisko, Sound Scenario, Chris Haddox, The Sages, Chicory Roots and Tuck Band.

Admission is $10, with all proceeds going to buy medical and expertise provides for refugees and different Ukrainian residents merely caught in the course of struggle.

“We’re over right here however our households are over there, and we will’t cease the struggle,” Khrystyna Pelchar stated.

Pelchar, 26, is a WVU doctoral pupil in political science who hails from Lviv, a sprawling metropolis in western Ukraine.

There was nothing “political,” she stated, about Vladimer Putin’s massing of troops and tanks in plain sight on the borders of her house nation within the weeks of January and February 2022.

Feb. 24, that yr: Tanks started churning the earth. Missiles and mortar rounds screamed by the air, searching for (and discovering) civilian targets.

The invasion was on – and it hasn’t let up.

Nearly instantly, Pelchar and others at WVU and in Morgantown with ties to the besieged nation started organizing.

The consequence was the Ukrainian Group of Morgantown, a coalition that has raised 1000’s of {dollars} for the trigger, whereas arranging secure passage for refugee households wishing to settle right here and elsewhere.

Tonight’s live performance is a part of a collection of occasions this week organized by the neighborhood to lift cash and consciousness for that effort.

A roundtable dialogue that includes Pelchar and Mark Vodianyi, a fellow doctoral pupil from Ukraine, is ready for five p.m. Thursday within the Mountaineer Room at WVU’s Mountainlair.

The pair can be joined by teachers Erik Herron and Lisa DiBartolomeo, each consultants on the area who lived there and did analysis there.

A rally scheduled for five p.m. Friday in entrance of the Mountainlair will mark the anniversary of the invasion, Pelchar stated.

“We are able to all be collectively,” the doctoral pupil stated.

One other info session and film screening is ready for subsequent week, she stated.

“Key WAR Occasions: Day 738,” is the title of the panel speak, which can convene 4 p.m. March 1 within the Mountainlair Commons.

The dialogue that day can be adopted by a screening at 5:30 p.m. in Mountainlair Gluck Theater of “26 Days in Mariupol,” a chronicle of life within the metropolis that was just about lowered to rubble by the onslaught.

Pelchar desires Westerners to keep in mind that civilians are nonetheless caught in the course of all the things and that “collateral injury” consists of individuals she loves.

For essentially the most half, she’s nonetheless in a position to talk together with her household through social media, she stated.

“My sister is nineteen, however after I speak to her it’s like she’s previous and weary. She doesn’t sound like a 19-year-old.”

Ariah Ben Yehudah, a Tel Aviv policeman who joined the Ukrainian trigger as a fight medic, described the grim circumstances throughout a current go to to Morgantown.

“We’re dug in and so they’re dug in,” he stated. “It’s like trench warfare in World Warfare I.”