Twilight Vigil Held Wednesday In Annapolis To Show Support For Ukraine

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Governor Hogan is directing state agencies to divest themselves of any holdings connected to Russia.

Annapolis, Md. (KM) – A twilight vigil was held Wednesday night at Lawyers Mall near the State House in Annapolis to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people whose nation was invade last week by Russia. “This unprovided aggression is a grievous attack on the right of sovereign nations and a free people to chose their own destiny,” said Governor Larry Hogan, who spoke at the event.

He also pledged his support for the Ukrainian people. “The state of Maryland stands in solidarity with Ukraine, and against this aggression from {Russian President Vladimir} Putin,” he said while the audience applauded.

In reaction to this invasion, the Governor is directing state agencies to review any contracts, procurements, and holdings which may have ties to Russia. He also calling on the trustees of the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System to immediately divest itself of any investments, securities or holdings with Russia or Russia-affiliated entities. “These measures are symbolic ways for us to send a loud and clear message to Russia that here in Maryland that we stand on the side of peace and freedom,” Hogan said.

Over the weekend, Governor Hogan announced the termination of Maryland’s sister state relationship with the Leningrad Region of Russia which was first established in 1993.

On Monday, the Governor’s Office says Hogan took part in a special prayer service at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Baltimore.

In his speech, Governor Hogan said there are “tens of thousands of Ukrainian Americans who call Maryland their home,” and are anxiously awaiting news of their loved ones in Ukraine.

Also attending the event was First Lady Yumi Hogan, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Ukraine, Yaroslav Brisiuik. Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Senate President Bill Ferguson, House Speaker Adrienne Jones, Rev. Dr. Steliac, pastor, St. Andrew’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Silver Spring, and Rev. Vasyl Sivinskyi,, pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Baltimore.

Governor Hogan ended his comments with the words “Slava Ukraini,”: which means “Glory to Ukraine.”

By Kevin McManus