Hundreds of local Ukrainians rally in the streets to protest Russian military incursion in Crimean homeland
Photos by Cheol Joon Baek
What Walk and rally for Crimea When 3 pm, Sunday March 16 starting at Yonge-Dundas Square with stops at the U.S., British, German and Russian consulates. Why To protest Russian referendum aimed at annexing Crimean region of southern Ukraine.
Russian troops have been in the region since the conclusion of the Winter Games in Sochi. On Monday, the U.S. imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials involved in the military incursion in Crimea. Primie Minister Stephen Harper, meanwhile, who is set to visit the Ukraine next week, also announced economic sanctions and travel restrictions on senior Russian and Crimean government officials.
Mark Marczyk, of Juno-nominated Toronto band Lemon Bucket Orkestra, was recently back from the Urkaine and wrote this for NOW Magazine on the struggle for independence from the Russian-backed government.