Connecticut’s Ukrainian-American community says their family is ‘ready to fight’ for democracy

A stand with the Ukrainian rally will take place Sunday at noon in front of the State Capitol in Hartford.

HARTFORD, Conn. — The continued buildup of Russian troops on the Ukraine border can only be described as a powder keg situation that could explode at any moment.

Native Ukrainians here in Connecticut talk about their homeland.

“All are ready to fight for their freedom,” said Natasha Sazonova from Wethersfield. “They have no intention of leaving. They are ready to fight. They are not going to give up,” added Nataliya Kyrichenko of Cromwell.

Both Natasha and Nataliya grew up in Ukraine before immigrating to the United States and settling in Connecticut. Their homeland is now on the brink of war. Grandmothers brandish weapons.

“They take classes at the weekend on how to defend themselves. How to defend their homes. Everyone buys guns or guns,” Sazonova remarked.

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Both Natasha and Nataliya shared photos with FOX61 of happier times in Ukraine. The trips they took with family and friends before they had to worry about whether they would have a country to return home to.

“Since last week, I have barely slept and watch the news every minute because we are really worried,” Kyrichenko said.

Russia continues to deny an invasion as baseless. President Biden has already warned Putin that he will face severe economic sanctions. But Biden also said the United States would not go to war to defend Ukraine. They are not NATO allies.

“If Russia wants to invade or take over the country, it won’t be too difficult,” explained Wes Renfro, professor of political science at Quinnipiac University.

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He told FOX61 that we are already feeling the effects of a potential conflict. The stock market has plunged and gasoline prices are very high, but Renfro said that shouldn’t last long.

“Of course, there could be some short-term volatility. But the idea that it could turn into persistent volatility is, I think, a bit far-fetched,” Renfro said.

Steven Bibisi is originally from Cromwell, but he is also a missionary for Rabbonis Love, a nonprofit religious organization that does missionary work in Ukraine. He helped feed and build homes for orphans and widows. He said it was important for the United States to assert itself.

“They would need our help. I think it’s important that we stand up and support them. May we support them in prayer and with our finances,” Bibisi said.

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As for standing with Ukraine, you will have the opportunity to do so this Sunday. The Ukrainian American community is planning a noon rally in front of the State Capitol in Hartford.

Matt Caron is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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