“My Heart is Broken” – CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Concerns are growing among members of the Ukrainian community in the Delaware Valley on Sunday. They pay particular attention to what is happening in their country of origin.

As the likelihood of a war between Russia and Ukraine grows ever closer, Philadelphians say they are watching and waiting to see what Russia will do.

READ MORE: Suspect in custody in connection with fatal Rhawnhurst carjacking: Philadelphia police

“My heart is broken,” said Marlyn Harris. “There are so many innocent people on both sides.”

“It looks like it will be war,” she added. “I don’t know if Russia is just threatening, but when he speaks he has so much confidence and that’s what worries me.”

Harris’ concerns resonate throughout the local Ukrainian community.

Outside the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Jenkintown, signs reading “Support Ukraine” and “Stop Russian Aggression” clearly hang from the windows near the entrance.

READ MORE: Philadelphia police search for missing 10-year-old girl

On Sunday, a group traveled to Washington DC to ask for more support from President Joe Biden.

“A more concerted action on the ground”, said Florence Speiser. “It seems like it would be more efficient, but no one wants to go there.”

Eyewitness News caught up with people at Bells Market, a Russian-Ukrainian store in Philadelphia.

Many say that while this may seem like a European problem, everyone should sympathize with the effects a war could have on a nation.

“A lot of people will be displaced again,” said one man. “And people are so, so far away from what’s going on there that they can’t really grasp the situation there.”

NO MORE NEWS: Shooting in North Philadelphia leaves 2 injured, police say

“I feel for the people here in America who are so worried about their families there,” Harris said.

Comments are closed.