Maryland Terrapins Rally behind Ukrainian basketball star Pavlo Dziuba – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Maryland Terrapins are rallying behind basketball player Pavlo Dziuba from Kyiv — a city in Ukraine threatened by a hostile Russian takeover.

Dziuba’s teammates cheered him on as he ran out onto a basketball court draped in a Ukrainian flag on Sunday. Together they beat The Ohio State Buckeyes 75-60.

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The team also showed their support by wearing an Under Armor bracelet in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.

Dziuba is the youngest person to ever play on the college basketball team, according to the Maryland Terrapins roster. He was 17 years old when he made his foray into college athletics on behalf of Arizona State University.

On Sunday, he wore a pair of bright yellow shoes with “NO WAR” scrawled across them.

COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND – FEBRUARY 27: Pavlo Dziuba #12 of the Maryland Terrapins has “No War” written on his sneakers before his game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Xfinity Center on February 27, 2022 in College. Park, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume / Getty Images)

The Russian military has been bombing parts of the country of Dziuba for the past several days. The large-scale invasion has brought the country countless backlash, backlash, and sanctions from its neighbors and economic partners.

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Ukrainians have fled the country en masse. Some who have chosen to stay have sought refuge in its underground metro system as Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a desperate bid to seize control of the Eurasian country.

Many Ukrainian Americans and relatives in Ukraine have established homes in Maryland. And Baltimore is home to the Catholic Church of St. Michael Ukraine, where members are grappling with the growing threat to their loved ones and the wave of influence in the US.

In fact, the Baltimore County Sheriff is investigating vandalism at the church cemetery in Dundalk, where dozens of headstones were damaged over the weekend.

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This week, Governor Larry Hogan and Mayor Brandon Scott expressed support for Ukraine.

Hogan publicized his support for the Eurasian nation by turning the lights of the Government House blue and yellow. Scott followed suit by turning the lights at Baltimore City Hall to blue and yellow.

Hogan was even supposed to attend a special prayer service at St. Michael Ukraine at 9 a.m. Monday.

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Sports teams around the world have reacted to Russia’s attempt to capture and control its neighboring country. The teams representing Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers refused to play against the Russian team.

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