Ukrainian fans hold a rally in Hartford | Connecticut News

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Time may be running out for a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

President Joe Biden has accepted an offer to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, the White House believes plans for Russia to invade Ukraine are already underway.

On Sunday, Connecticut residents gathered with members of the state’s congressional delegation outside the state capitol.

“So we are here to say no to war, no to aggression, to say yes to Ukrainian independence and to say yes to Ukrainian freedom,” said Alex Kuzma of the Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation.

Senator Richard Blumenthal said he traveled to Ukraine last month to meet with its president and other national leaders.

“There is still time for diplomacy,” Blumenthal said. “But the way to make diplomacy work is deterrence.”

Officials kept repeating that the United States stands with the Ukrainian people.

Biden and Putin have agreed in principle to a face-to-face meeting to discuss the standoff.

“President Biden has made it very clear that he is ready to meet with President Putin at any time, in any format, if it can help prevent a war,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

The White House warned Russia that there would be no talks if the country attacked Ukraine.

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