Brighton Beach rallies for Ukraine as Russian invasion pushes on

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Brighton Beach residents turned out in droves on Sunday with a firm message of support for Ukraine.

Hundreds of people massed at Asser Levy Park in the southern Brooklyn nabe, home to the largest Ukrainian population outside eastern Europe, draped in the nation’s yellow-and-blue flags to show their support to a country under siege, where many people still have family and friends.

Locals protest Russian aggression against Ukraine at Asser Levy Park in Brighton Beach on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022.

“I can no longer be silent,” said Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District. “Hundreds of people are dying in Ukraine every day. These are the people we went to school with, these are our family members.”

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