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Special mass at Las Vegas church calls for peace in Ukraine

Posted at 10:36 PM, Mar 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-14 09:45:05-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — An outpouring of support to help the people of Ukraine as the Russian invasion continues.

“I’m addressing it to every person just to relate and to do everything that each one can to protect the peace," said Mariana Sobol, a singer in the Cirque du Soleil show "O."

Sobol sang the Ukrainian national anthem during a special mass on Sunday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Mesa Park Drive, near Hualapai Way and Russell Road, in west Las Vegas. She and other valley Ukrainians have kept tabs on their families back home hearing stories of resiliency.

“People inside through the Telegram. They communicate and they share the few tablets of medicine and insulin,” she said.

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The gathering at Holy Spirit Church was a call for peace in Ukraine. Vital aid like food, medical supplies and money was donated to help Ukrainian efforts. Jenny Arata, who has family in Kyiv, says the support has been strong.

“We’re all united in this fight for freedom and I’m really grateful for the people that reached out to me,” she said.

Alina Oliva, who has family in Kharkiv, says this overwhelming support has helped unite the Ukrainian diaspora.

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“We’re so proud to be Ukrainians like never before and I really believe in this that we will win and be standing for our country,” she said.

Sobol says the community’s response and willingness to help will go a long way.

“This is going to be everyone’s victory of the whole world, and so that’s my message,” she said.

The Ukrainian community will continue to have events like these to help support their families and friends as conflict continues in the region.

For more updates on Ukraine, including stories with a local connection, visit ktnv.com/Ukraine.