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PHOTO: Oslo illuminates town hall in blue and yellow to show solidarity with Ukraine

Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB

On Thursday night, Oslo City Hall was illuminated with the colors of the Ukrainian flag as a symbolic act of solidarity with Ukraine.

“We do this as a small but symbolic act of solidarity with the people of Ukraine. My thoughts go to all the people who live in fear and danger in Ukraine now, and their family and friends both in Oslo and elsewhere in the world,” City Council chief Raymond Johansen (Ap) stated.

“The fact that we have a person in power who invades another country in 2022 with the goal of replacing the legally elected government is disgusting. We in Oslo are, of course, ready to provide all the help we can. We are now preparing Oslo to take in refugees from Ukraine. It is also crucial that we have solidarity and that we do what we can to help the millions of people who remain in the country,” he added.

Several other cities have expressed solidarity with Ukraine by illuminating buildings in the same way, including the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the City Hall in Paris, and the Empire State Building in New York.

Photo: Javad Parsa / NTB

Background: Russian attack on Ukraine

In the middle of the night, around 4 AM Norwegian time, in an extraordinary television address, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia was launching a military operation in Ukraine.

Putin announced the attack on Ukraine during an extraordinary session of the UN Security Council.

Ukraine has closed its airspace to civilian flights.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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