BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Just a week after Russia’s war with Ukraine began and the death toll is unimaginable.
While Moscow says nearly 500 of its troops are dead, sadly the death toll is much higher for Ukraine — the highest is 2,800.
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Since the start of the war, people around the world have been doing what they can to show their support., including here in Maryland.
Today, Governor Larry Hogan held a solidarity ceremony for the people of Ukraine.
“Here in Maryland, we stand for peace and freedom,” Hogan said.
About 150–200 people attended the prayer meeting. It begins with a prayer from a reverend from a Ukrainian orthodox church in Silver Spring who says the world is crying for Ukraine like this war has brought a deep, shared pain.
He also begged for the continuation of the public prayers and support.
The people of Maryland want to show the Ukrainian people that they are not alone.
“This is not just a war against innocent people. It was a total genocide“Dorothy, a Howard County resident, said.
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Meanwhile, Daria, a teacher in Howard County. says many of her students have family members in Ukraine
“They just said my dad was trying to get my aunt out and stuff like that,” she said.
Hogan made moves to separate Maryland from Russia. He has advised trustees of the State of Maryland and the Retirement Retirement System/
“We wanted to do something so that we would put financial pressure on the oligarchs,” said Maryland Editor Peter Franchot.
Franchot said he is putting pressure on wealthy Russians to invest in Maryland to sway Russian President Vladimir Putin
“This little group — they’re the kind of mafia around Putin and we’ll say: look. you won’t be very rich when this is over,” he said.
But for Daniel, who has a sister in Ukraine, all he can do is hope and pray.
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Daniel said: “Glory to the country, glory to our heroes who are standing up to Mr. Putin.
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