The Prague landmark will be lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag tonight and tomorrow to support the country against possible Russian aggression.
“Our thoughts these days are addressed to the people of Ukraine. Prague and Kyiv have similar experiences with totalitarian regimes, and both share democratic values. From my personal meeting with Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, it became clear that Ukrainians appreciate any manifestation of solidarity and support. I offered, of course, practical assistance, which we will provide in coordination with ministries. We are waiting for specific requests”, said the Mayor of Prague Zdeněk Hřib.
The Czech capital condemned the Russian aggression last week when the city council adopted a declaration of support for Ukraine.
“Our country experienced a similar situation in 1938 and 1968. It is said that on the same day of the eight-year anniversary of Maidan and the removal of President Yanukovych, Russia moved its troops into the territory of Ukraine,” said the city councilor Jan Chabr.
“We express our support and solidarity to all Ukrainian neighbors and their compatriots who now live in Ukraine in conditions of great uncertainty and fear for their lives as a result of the escalation of the conflict with Russia,” Councilor Hana Třeštíková (Praha sobě), responsible for culture, said.
About 70,000 Ukrainians live in Prague with long-term or permanent residence permits.