AUSTIN (KXAN) — A crowd of people demonstrated at the Texas Capitol on Thursday against Russia, following the country’s attack on Ukraine overnight.
The group was condemning Russian military aggression and calling for world leaders to “protect peace in Europe and the World.”
Emotions ran high among the crowd, with many receiving updates from family in Ukraine.
“I just got a message that the shooting has been started,” said Kamila Bazadze. “I’m just crying, because it’s really scary, and we could not expect anything like that.”
Russia launched the attack on Ukraine overnight Wednesday into Thursday, hitting cities and bases with airstrikes.
Bazadze moved to Austin three and a half years ago and had recently started the visa process for her parents and grandmother.
“We are terrified. We are scared for our relatives,” she said.
According to experts from the University of Texas at Austin, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it a priority to regain territory lost at the end of the Cold War.
Ukraine’s government said Russian tanks and troops rolled across the border Thursday in a “full-scale war,” according to the Associated Press.