Connecticut Residents Support Ukraine During Events in West Hartford, New Britain

Polish-American organizations held a benefit concert in New Britain to help Ukrainian refugees.

NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut — Now 18 days after Russia invaded Ukraine, Connecticut communities continue to come together to show their support for the country by raising funds and gathering supplies.

Connecticut Polish-American Organizations held a charity concert at Trinity on Main in New Britain on Sunday afternoon. Organizers said about 400 to 500 people attended.

“Being Ukrainian is such a big part of my life,” said Melania Korenovsky, who is part of Zolotyj Promin, a Hartford-based Ukrainian dance ensemble that performed at the concert. “I’m happy that we support Ukraine. I really appreciate the Polish community.

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“Me and Melania have family up there and it’s really scary right now,” said Sofiya Vyshnovsky, who also dances with Zolotyj Promin. “And we can’t do much, so at least trying to do something we love and supporting our family is really great for us.”

The event featured live performances by musicians, classical singers and choirs, as well as dances by traditional Polish and Ukrainian folk groups.

“Seeing this tragedy and sitting at home, what can I do as a Fairfield girl? As a USA girl?” said Julia Karwacky, a member of the Bridgeport-based Polanie Folk Dance Ensemble. “Being a part of that and dancing today really helps.”

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Organizers said the money raised will help support Ukrainian refugees. Donations will go to several organizations, including Save the Children and a group of priests helping people in Lviv.

Also on Sunday afternoon was a show of support for Ukraine at a vigil in West Hartford.

“Democracy is in danger,” said Governor Ned Lamont, who spoke at the vigil. “Freedom doesn’t come free, and I think you see people valuing and fighting for their freedom like there’s no tomorrow.”

The vigil also marked a reunion for Olya Rozvadovska, a Branford resident, who was able to see her cousin and some family members who came to Connecticut on Monday after fleeing Ukraine.

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“Right now our family is safe, but that’s not true for everyone,” Rozvadovska said.

“We hope it doesn’t get worse,” said her brother, West Hartford resident Vladimir Rozvadovskiy.

For more information on donating to help Ukraine, visit the Better Business Bureau’s website, give.org.

Elisha Machado is a reporter at FOX61 News. She can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

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