RUSSIA + UKRAINE

Russian and Jewish communities in Utah show support for Ukraine, condemn Russian invasion

Feb 24, 2022, 7:39 PM | Updated: Mar 2, 2022, 10:07 am

People at the base of the Utah State Capitol, protesting the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Februar...

People at the base of the Utah State Capitol, protesting the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. (Paul Nelson/KSL NewsRadio)

(Paul Nelson/KSL NewsRadio)

SALT LAKE CITY — A show of support for Ukraine by members of both the Russian and Jewish communities of Utah.  People from both sides say they don’t believe Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to justify the invasion. 

Russian and Jewish communities come together

At the base of the Utah State Capitol, a few dozen Russians and Ukrainians living in Utah waved Ukrainian flags as their way to protest the attacks.  The small rally was organized by Suren Bubeev, who fled from Siberia two years ago.  He believes Putin’s economic policies made poverty worse in Siberia, and Putin harshly punished anyone who spoke out against him.

Recently, Putin has claimed a “genocide” was happening to ethnic Russians in the Donbas Region of Ukraine, which has been refuted by many international leaders.  Bubeev says things have not always been good for Russians in Ukraine, but an invasion is the wrong way to fix that kind of problem.

He said, “There were some bad things happening inside Ukraine, but this is not a reason for starting a war.”

(People at the small rally at the capitol say they plan to return Friday and Saturday. Photo: Paul Nelson)

Bubeev says Putin could have tried several options before considering any kind of attack.  He says sanctions could have been placed against Ukraine for potentially mistreating ethnic Russians. Or, Putin could have made sweeping changes to immigration rules to let those people leave that country.

“If you want to protect people you may take them from Ukraine to Russia,” he said.

In the end, Bubeev doesn’t believe Putin is trying to protect people.  He believes Putin wants to return Russia to the power it had under the old Soviet Union.

Bubeev said, “Ukraine had its own borders, a borderline that was acknowledged by other countries by international law.  Putin broke that law.”

Some people, from the Russian and Jewish communities in Utah, who took part in the protest at the capitol say demonstrators will return on Friday and Saturday to show support for the Ukrainian people.

Jewish community raising money for Ukrainian Jews

Members of Utah’s Jewish community are in the middle of a fundraising effort to help Jews in Ukraine either get to safety or flee the country.  Ron Zamir with the United Jewish Federation of Utah says people can go to their website, click on the “donate” icon and put the word “Ukraine” in the notes.

Zamir is also pushing back on Putin’s claims that he’s trying to rid Ukraine of Nazis.  He says the Russian president has tried to make this claim in the past, but it’s simply not true.

“Putin has been using the claim of ‘denazification’ since 2014 since his proxy leader of Ukraine was kicked out in democratic elections,” Zamir said.

He believes Putin is ignoring several factors in making this claim.  First, he says Russia was actually aligned with Germany before the Nazis invaded Russia in WW2.  He also says Putin is ignoring the fact that Ukraine’s current president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, is Jewish.  Zamir says Putin is trying to convince people in his own country that the invasion is justified.

Zamir said, “He’s using [denazification] again as a way to mobilize the Russian people who have a very deep memory of the horrors of the Nazi invasion of Russia.”

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Russia + Ukraine

President Joe Biden speaks from the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Build...

CNN

Biden administration pauses ammunition shipment to Israel

The Biden administration paused a shipment of US-made ammunition to Israel, according to a source familiar with the matter.

12 days ago

A destroyed building in Ocheretyne village on the Adiivka frontline in eastern Ukraine last month....

Andrew Carey and Olga Voitovych, CNN

Russia makes tactical gains in eastern Ukraine, concerns raised over Ukrainian military reporting

Forces from Russia have made further gains in at least three locations along the eastern front in Ukraine.

19 days ago

tank fires at troops in ukraine, sen mike lee is trying to kill a foreign aid bill in the senate...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Utah Sen. Mike Lee rallying Senate to kill foreign aid bill for Ukraine, Israel

Sen. Mike Lee has repeatedly criticized efforts to send further military and economic aid to Ukraine.

25 days ago

Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S, Oksana Markarova, speaking with different Utah leaders while visit...

BY ERIN COX KSLTV.com

Ambassador of Ukraine to U.S. meets with Utah state and church leaders

For the first time, Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian Ambassador to the US, paid Utah a visit. It’s a connection that’s been years in the making.

1 month ago

Ukrainian family in Utah...

Amie Schaeffer

Ukrainian, now living in Utah reflects on 2 years of war

A family from Ukraine moved to Utah after the war began. Anton and his wife Valentyna are Ukrainian nationals who met while attending UVU.

2 months ago

Smoke rises above the burning Crocus City Hall concert venue following a reported shooting and blas...

By Mariya Knight, Anna Chernova and Darya Tarasova

ISIS claims responsibility for attack in busy Moscow-area concert venue that left at least 40 dead

ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack at a popular concert venue complex near Moscow Friday that left at least 40 dead and more than 100 wounded after assailants stormed the venue with guns and incendiary devices.

2 months ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

Russian and Jewish communities in Utah show support for Ukraine, condemn Russian invasion