EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – On Sunday, the city of Easthampton mayor LaChapelle joined members of the Ukrainian Catholic church of Ludlow to stand in solidarity for the people of Ukraine and the estimated 5,000 plus refugees that fled their homes.

Originally from Ukraine, Oleh Koval has been lucky enough to call Easthampton his home
for the past 20 years.

Oleh is a Ukrainian-American who shares his story like many others, whose family members still live in Ukraine and are in danger every day.

Easthampton Police shared their condolences after attending the ceremony by stating “our thoughts, prayers and support are with the Ukrainian people, including Chief Alberti’s classmate, Sergii Marichev, who is continuing the fight.”

Chief Alberti’s, Sergii Marichev standing in solidarity for Ukraine and classmate. Courtesy of Easthampton Police Department

“I would like to thank our mayor, Nicole LaChapelle, for supporting our message and standing
with us in support of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. With the flag-raising, Easthampton will
be joining many other communities to call for an end to Russian Imperialism and human
suffering. Also, to raise awareness of the great need for donations to organizations both locally
and nationally that are helping Ukrainians during this devastating war,” said Oleh, who
contacted the City to help coordinate the event.