Pritzker and Lightfoot to Attend Ukraine Rally on Sunday – NBC Chicago
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will both attend a rally on Sunday to voice support for Ukrainians amid an ongoing Russian invasion.
The rally is taking place at Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, located in the 700 block of North Oakley Boulevard in the West Town neighborhood.
The rally is one of several held in the Chicago area this weekend in support of Ukrainian citizens, officials said.
The governor criticized Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine last week, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin an “autocrat” and a “dangerous leader” in a social media post.
“I know that we all hope for peace on the European continent, and our hope is that these battles will end very soon,” he said.
Chicago City Hall lit up with blue and yellow lights this week in support of Ukraine, with Lightfoot tweeting his support for Ukrainian Chicagoans.
“I want the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian community of Chicago and their loved ones to know that they are not alone in the fight for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” she said.
As Russian forces continue to push into Ukraine, international pressure is mounting, with sanctions being imposed against Russia on many fronts.
Putin put Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces on high alert after what he called “aggressive statements” from NATO this week, and criticized financial sanctions imposed by members of the alliance.
More than 360,000 Ukrainian residents have fled to other countries since the invasion began, officials say.