ATLANTA - Yellow and blue flags dotted the crowd at Centennial Olympic Park Saturday afternoon as people gathered in support of Ukrainians enduring a humanitarian crisis amid Russia's military invasion.
People protesting Russia's military operation marched to the CNN Center.
Some demonstrators held signs saying "Georgia Ukrainians Unite" At least 200 Ukrainians have been killed as a result of the Russian invasion as of Saturday evening. Meanwhile, around 1,100 civilians have been injured following the bombings.
Scenes from the Feb. 26, 2022, Stand with Ukraine Rally in Atlanta. (FOX 5 Atlanta/Billy Heath)
Western officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is determined to overthrow Ukraine’s government and replace it with a regime of his own, redrawing the map of Europe and reviving Moscow’s Cold War-era influence.
To aid Ukraine’s ability to hold out, the U.S. pledged an additional $350 million in military assistance to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons, body armor and small arms.
Germany said it would send missiles and anti-tank weapons to the besieged country and that it would close its airspace to Russian planes.
"To show people that Ukraine matters and that Ukraine is a country that is proud and wants to stand on her own and not be part of Russia," one demonstrator told FOX 5.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.