Massachusetts

As tensions continue, day of solidarity in Boston to show support for Ukraine

BOSTON — As tensions continue to rise in eastern Europe, a day of solidarity was planned in Boston Sunday to show support for Ukraine.

According to a Facebook page for the event, similar events will be held across the globe on Feb. 20.

“Russia’s aggression in Ukraine is the greatest security threat to Europe since the Cold War,” organizers wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “Ukraine became a battleground in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and began the war in the country’s southeast. Now, Russia is threatening further invasion, attempting to undermine the established rules-based international order. These actions are perceived by the global community as an affront to Ukrainian sovereignty. It is nothing less than an attempt to destroy Ukrainian democracy and independence. Now, more than ever, we need to unite and show support for Ukraine.”

The schedule of events includes two memorial services at a pair of Ukrainian churches in Boston.

The first is at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church at 146 Forest Hills St., Jamaica Plain.

The second is at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Church at 24 Orchardhill Road, Jamaica Plain.

After the memorial services, a motorcade will leave Christ the King church at 1 p.m. It will travel through the streets of Boston, ending near Back Bay Fens Park around 2 p.m.

The day ends with a candlelight vigil at the World War II Memorial located at 100 Park Drive.

According to organizers, the vigil is in honor of the “Heavenly Hundred (Nebesna Sotnya) and all the soldiers and civilians who have died in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war in eastern Ukraine.”