Proud Ukrainians rally across Long Island amid calls to expel Russian diplomats

Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman is expected to make an announcement from outside a Russian-owned compound in Glen Cove this morning.

News 12 Staff

Feb 26, 2022, 11:17 AM

Updated 812 days ago

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As Russian troops advance on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and the death tolls mounts, elected officials joined with Ukrainian Long Islanders Saturday in Nassau and Suffolk.
Yaraslava Kuniski said she was worried for her loved ones in the embattled country.
“My heart is broken…We are trying to do diplomatic thing and trying to get word out. It's important for everyone in the world to understand innocent kids are dying,” she told News 12.
Some Ukrainian-Americans say they would like to see the U.S. impose even more sanctions against Russia to disarm them financially.
“We need to send the message to our troops, to our family in the Ukraine, that we support them,” said Iryna Boutcha. “That we are doing some actions. That we are not just sitting and watching what's going on.”
Some elected officials are putting pressure on President Joe Biden to order the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the historic Killenworth Mansion on Dosoris Lane in Glen Cove, which is used by Russian diplomats as a holiday retreat.
The State Department says the property is a United Nations residence that is outside federal jurisdiction. Rep. Lee Zeldin said there was precedent for expelling diplomats.
“President Biden, Secretary [of State Antony] Blinken – please do everything you can to help close down Killenworth,” he said outside the facility during a news conference with Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman.
At Babylon Town Hall, proud Ukrainian Americans draped themselves with the Ukrainian flag, saying their family members back home are making them proud.
“We fight back to save our country. We want to fight for freedom. Otherwise, we are not Ukrainians," said Anna Konny, of Woodmere. 


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