‘It’s a power grab:’ Protesters in New York lash Russia on Ukraine

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A protest in New York decries Russian involvement in Ukraine.

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Ukrainian Americans waved their flags and chanted loudly Sunday across Manhattan. They continued to speak out against Russian military action in Ukraine and called for peace.

In a Bryant Park rally, many focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“It’s an economic grab. It’s a power grab. He did it to Georgia in 2008. He’s doing it to Ukraine today,” Damian Handzy, a first generation Ukrainian American said Sunday.

Many of the rallies in New York were organized through social media. People also protested outside the Russian Consulate. Many screamed “Hands off Ukraine!”

New York politicians also spoke out about the situation in Ukraine.

“It’s a difficult situation but we do have some tools in our tool box. They are economic, diplomatic and geopolitical,” New York Senator Charles Schumer said in front of the United Nations.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made a statement Sunday: “I think there is going to be a very strong response around the world condemning that action and calling for them to pull back.”