Governor Kathy Hochul was among those in attendance at a Wednesday morning prayer service at St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral at 160 West 82nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue.
A live recording of the service — which was also attended by religious leaders including Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik — was shared on Facebook.
“We not only stand with Ukraine, we reject any business from our state with Russian interests,” CBS quotes Hochul saying.
A short video shared by the church shows police barricading the street before the service began. “Waiting for the Governor of New York at our Cathedral and religious leaders” read a post on St. Volodymyr’s Facebook page.
“It’s an extraordinary show of solidarity in New York City. We are not only praying, we are putting our prayers in action,” said Ukrainian Archbishop Daniel Zelinsky.
The Upper West Side church has also created a PayPal account to collect funds to help Ukraine; funds will be used to buy critical aid, cover shipping costs and create a budget for refugees. Donations can be made here.