Local Ukrainians pray for their homeland

By Erika Mahoney
By Dave Sherry

January 26, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 1:23 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Ukrainians in the Greater Binghamton area came together Sunday to pray for their homeland.

Riots continue in Ukraine, particularly in the capitol city of Kiev, against an oppressive government.

On Sunday evening, dozens went to Sacred Heart Ukrainian Catholic Church in Johnson City for a prayer service.

Many local Ukrainians watched their country be oppressed by the Soviet Union and fear the country may be heading down a similar path.

"We're praying, we're trying to support materially what's going on there," Stephan Wasylko said. "We hope that free, peaceful and freedom-loving Americans will also recognize this issue and support it."

Wasylko was part of the Foreign Service in Ukraine and helped open the U.S. Embassy in Kiev in 1992, a step toward a free and independent nation, which many didn't believe would happen.

He hopes that the revolutionaries, as he calls them, can succeed in standing up for their human and civil rights and keep the country from falling into the same oppression they faced for decades.

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