Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (WABC) – Thousands across the three states demonstrated their support for Ukraine through demonstrations and prayers this weekend.

On Saturday, Brooklyn Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated Mass with the Ukrainian community at the Guardian Angel’s Roman Catholic Church. The sounds of hymns eased the heavy hearts.

“We are very sorry … we did not choose,” said Alesya Bakholchok.

Most of the parishioners are from Ukraine and they stand next to their families.

“It’s insulting, especially when parents leave home and leave their children, and they know they will stay because they have to fight,” Bakholchok added.

Julia has close relatives – so far everything is fine.

“I’m sorry, it’s very difficult for me to say anything,” she said.

Gone are the days since the beginning of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Prayers continue and hope for peace.

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