Angered by the deaths this week of more than two dozen demonstrators in Kiev, Philadelphia-area Ukrainians rallied Wednesday on Independence Mall to spotlight the crisis in the Eastern European country.
"We are outraged, saddened, and greatly concerned," said Mary Kalyna, an organizer.
She called on the world community to freeze the assets and invoke travel restrictions against the ranking members of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's regime.
Kalyna said Ukrainian police snipers, firing rubber-coated steel slugs, "are targeting demonstrators' heads and eyes. . . . So many people have been blinded." Police also are dragging injured people out of state hospitals, she said, which is why the injured are seeking treatment at makeshift clinics inside churches.