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Rochester rally for peace in Crimea

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Dozens of people gathered in Washington Square Park Sunday to rally for a peaceful resolution in Ukraines region of Crimea.

We unite in one thing, said Yuliya Pavlyuk who moved to Rochester in 2001 from Ukraine. We dont want any war, and we dont want any blood.

Those rallying showed their support for Ukraine through songs, poetry and prayers.

This after the Russian Parliament authorized President Putin to send Russian soldiers to the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine earlier this month.

President Obama will meet with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, on Wednesday to focus on options to peacefully resolve Russias military intervention.

On March 16, a referendum will be presented on whether Crimea should break away from Ukraine and join Russia.

Pavlyuk said, My biggest fear is that he's [Putin] not going to stop at Crimea. If the people there, the people in Crimea, it's exactly what they want, then I don't mind it. Nobody would mind it."

Olena Dilai moved to Rochester 20 years ago from Ukraine said, In my opinion, Russia is very determined to overtake Crimea and hopefully for them even more parts of Ukraine, and I pray that it will not happen.

Among the crowd was also Yuriy Pochtovyk, 21, who is an exchange student from Ukraine. His home is in Symferopol in the region of Crimea.

Pochtovyks mom is Russian and his dad is Ukrainian. He also has a little sister back home who is eight. He worries for their safety each day.

"The biggest problem is that armed people are on the streets of my city right now and while it looks so peaceful, said Pochtovyk, who knows what's going to happen.

Pochtovyk will return to Ukraine when his study abroad program ends in May.

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