PARMA, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine spoke at a summit on Ukrainian refugees in Parma on Thursday.
The event, at St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, brought together resettlement agencies, faith-based groups and charities in Northeast Ohio interested in helping those fleeing Ukraine.
“If we do get to the point where we have refugees coming into this country from Ukraine, some of them, I’m sure, will be settled here in Ohio and we want to welcome them,” DeWine said.
Participants at the summit discussed medical screenings, cash assistance, support services and more.
The governor said there is no anticipated timeline.
Russia launched a full-scale military invasion on Feb. 24. More than 1,500 civilians have been killed and more than 3 million people have fled the country.
“Every day we watch the brutality of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin as he destroys cities, as he bombs a number of different health facilities, hospitals, it almost seems like they’re targeting civilians, targeting children,” DeWine said.
The city of Parma, which is home to a large Ukrainian population, has been home to several events showing support for the country over the last few weeks.