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“Hospitals are being bombed,” he continued. “Maternity wards are being bombed. Orphanages are being bombed.

“What is this all trying to do? It’s trying to dishearten the people and put them on their knees and beg for mercy.”

Chornodolsky said Putin is hoping Ukraine will surrender and finish what Russia was trying to accomplish over 350 years ago.

Back then, he said, Ukrainian language, printing, publishing, and higher education was banned.

But, he said, that will not happen. Chornodolsky praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a great leader.

He compared Zelensky to President George Washington.

“It’s the same thing that we are feeling about President Zelensky,” he said.

He asked the public to go to Ukraine and see that the country is deeply rooted, noting that the beautiful churches there were built 1,000 years ago, not yesterday.

A long history

In 1939, there was an agreement between Stalin and Hitler to divide Poland and take over western Ukraine. That was the first time my parents saw what a Russian onslaught into Ukraine was about.

“Where are we today?” Chornodolsky asked.

His answer: If Ukraine surrenders, Putin will march into Berlin.

“It’s time to stop Putin,” he said.

A note from Ukraine is read

The audience cheered and then went silent as Vera. M. Andryczyk of Phoenixville took center stage.

Andryczyk read a note she recently received from a prize-winning writer, a woman living in the capital of Ukraine.

“Time has been compressed beyond capacity. It is difficult to believe that a little more than a week ago, a short time ago, we were living a normal life,” the note said.

As the note was being read, a dog was barking near the front of the stage, and many people were crying.

The note said:

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