As Ukraine marked its 23rd anniversary of Independence amid an ongoing war in the Donbas, a flash mob of Ukrainians in Toronto sent out greetings to Ukraine. On Sunday, August 24, the video-recorded message symbolizing unity between Canada and Ukraine was broadcasted on Ukrainian television – the “TK Ukraine” network – as well as on Toronto’s local stations.
Toronto is one of many cities around the world where flash mobs sent a message of support from the Ukrainian diaspora to the struggling country.
“Our goal was to demonstrate that Ukrainians are united worldwide,” said one of the Toronto’s flash mob organizers, Anna Bereznyak. “We love our Motherland, and our desire for peace in Ukraine keeps us united at heart.”
On August 20, the “Greetings to Ukraine” flash mob took place at Nathan Phillips Square. A short collective message was filmed, along with a few personal words from participants. In the days of preparation for the Ukrainian Independence Day in Toronto and in several other cities globally, people held blue and yellow balloons in their hands and wished Ukraine to continue to stand strong as a united country to defend the solidarity and democracy. In their messages, people appealed to Ukrainian political leaders and called for wise decisions during the crisis. Participants also expressed their sorrow about a great number of casualties and admired the efforts of many brave young people fighting for Ukraine. There were also expressions of gratitude to the volunteers and all indifferent people helping Ukraine during the war.
“We support our brothers and sisters in Ukraine – despite the distance, wherever we are. Torontonians hope people in Ukraine feel our support. We are with you, Ukraine!”, Bereznyak added.
The video will be shared across social media, as well as through the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and the Euromaidan Canada webpages.