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Ukraine’s blue and yellow flag was hoisted outside London’s City Hall on Thursday afternoon as a sign of community support for the newly invaded nation.

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Ukraine’s blue and yellow flag was hoisted outside London’s City Hall on Thursday afternoon as a sign of community support for the newly invaded nation.

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“London’s Ukrainian community has always provided immense support and comfort in times of great sadness and need,” Mayor Ed Holder wrote on social media. “Now it’s our turn to do the same for them. We pray for peace and we pray for the Ukrainian people.

City Hall will also be illuminated in the colors of the flag every night through Sunday night, Holder said, calling the budding conflict an “unprovoked war.”

Other town halls across Canada, including Toronto, Guelph and Calgary, also raised the Ukrainian flag.

Fighting in Ukraine, which borders Russia, began in earnest on Thursday after Russian forces arrived in Donetsk and Luhansk regions earlier this week.

At a virtual press conference on Thursday afternoon, Deputy Mayor Josh Morgan said he and Holder had spoken with the chairman of the London Ukrainian Center to express their solidarity with the Ukrainian community in Forest City.

“Our city has a long history and a proud tradition of helping and sheltering those fleeing war and other crises,” Morgan said.

“While immigration and refugees (matters are) under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, London stands ready to play a leading role in assisting our Ukrainian friends and neighbors if and when asked to do so,” the official said. ‘deputy mayor.

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