SEATTLE -- Seattle University professor Ohla Krupa opened her home up for a play date Saturday afternoon. It was supposed to be a place for her daughter to explore her imagination with friends.
Soon however, the parents were using their imagination as well, thinking of ways to rally against recent actions by Russia in their native Ukraine.
"This is something you couldn't imagine in your wildest nightmares," Krupa said, "This is something completely out of the ordinary."
Krupa's husband still works in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital.
"They are worried," she said of her family back home, "They are worried that the war is about to begin and the border will be shut."
Oksana Bilobran was at Krupa's Seattle home as well. The math teacher and member of the Ukrainian Association of Washington State helped make signs for a Sunday rally at Seattle Center.
"Ukraine is a soverign country that can deal with this issue on its own in a Democratic way," she stated, "We do not need help."
The "help" Bilobran refers to is what's being offered by the Russian military as a reason to send 6,000 more troops to the Crimean region of Ukraine. Russia already has a strong, legal presence there.
Officials in Moscow indicated their moves were to ensure safety of Russian-speaking citizens living in Crimea. It comes in the wake of violent and deadly protests in Kiev against the old President, Viktor Yanuknovych, which led to his removal from power. He is now in Russia.
Yanuknovych's decision to align with Russia rather than the European Union sparked the uprising in November.
Seattle's Ukrainian Association will hold its rally to get the Russians out of Crimea Sunday at 2 p.m.