Lighting up the library in support of Ukraine

Lighting up the library to mark the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine

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On Friday evening the exterior facade of the Library of Birmingham will be lit up blue and yellow to mark the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine.

Britain will mark the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine with a national moment of silence, in an expression of solidarity with Kyiv that follows President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's visit to London.

The government said Prime Minister Rishi Sunak would lead a one-minute silence at 1100 GMT on Feb. 24 and it was encouraging individuals and organisations across Britain to participate.

The date marks the start of what Russia has called a "special military operation" in Ukraine, an ongoing conflict which has claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced millions of Ukrainians.

"As we approach the anniversary of Russia’s barbaric and deplorable invasion of Ukraine, as a nation we pay tribute to the incredible bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people," Sunak said in a statement. "Russia’s unjustifiable attack brought war and destruction to our continent once again, and it has forced millions from their homes and devastated families across Ukraine and Russia."

The minute of silence will come just over two weeks after Zelenskyy made a surprise visit to London, giving an address to parliament and urging Britain and other allies to provide combat aircraft to help Ukrainian forces fight Russia's offensive.

Article posted 22 February 2023

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