Members of Parliament arriving on the Hill Friday morning had to run a gauntlet of people waving blue-and-yellow flags and shouting “Slava Ukraini!”
Many in the crowd held up signs that simply read “thank you,” which they hoped would serve not only as a message of gratitude, but a plea to continue Canada’s support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia.
Many also hoped to catch a glimpse of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was to address the House at 1 p.m.
Olga Ialovenko, who fled her home in Cherkasy, about 200 km from the Ukraine capital Kyiv just days after Russia attacked, said it’s important to continue supporting Ukraine.
“We’re not just standing for a piece of land,” she said. “We’re standing for values.
“Those values are important for me, for me kids, and the world should protect them.”