Katerina McLeod of Orange is comforted by a friend. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

by Jarret Liotta

WESTPORT — Well over 100 people gathered on Jesup Green Saturday morning to share their solidarity for the people of Ukraine, who are under siege by Russia.

From left, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4), U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and rally organizer Darcy Hicks of Westport. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

“There are many people here today who have family, friends and loved ones in the Ukraine right now,” said organizer Darcy Hicks of Westport, whose brother, Tyler Hicks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, is in the country covering the war for The New York Times.

(Photo by Jarret Liotta)

“I think it’s really important that we’re here,” she said, joined by First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and 4th District U.S. Rep. Jim Himes.

U.S. Rep Jim Himes addresses the crowd. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

“This is not a distant fight,” Himes said. “This is our fight.”

Lisa Tantillo of Westport shares her opinion. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

“This is our time to stand for the values of freedom and democracy that our forefathers fought for,” he said, drawing comparisons to Adolf Hitler’s start of World War II.

The crowd listens to U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal speaks. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

Blumenthal spoke to the importance of boycotting all Russian products.

“Say ‘Nyet,’” he said.

Don Bergmann of Westport shares a message for Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

“And we shall target Vladimir Putin himself, and his cronies (and) go after his ill-gotten gains,” he said.

Blake Schnirring of Westport. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

“The people of Ukraine will stand and fight (and) we will support them,” Blumenthal said, with more military aid, in particular air support.

Penny Carroll of Rowayton. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)

“They will not succumb to his brutal craven aggression against them,” he said.

Participants listen to a speaker. (Photo by Jarret Liotta)