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Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, people around the world expressed their support for the Eastern European nation in a way fitting for 2022. Turkish football fans are engaged in anti-Kremlin chanting while the Taliban have called for a “peaceful” resolution between the two sides.
In the French style, the Parisians illuminated the Eiffel Tower, symbol of the European city, with the blue and gold of the Ukrainian flag.
— The Eiffel Tower (@LaTourEiffel) February 25, 2022
A video of the lighting was posted on Reddit on February 25, 2022, where at the time of this writing it had been upvoted over 1,300 times. Meanwhile, a 16-minute video shared by British publication The Independent was recorded live, showing Paris’ Eiffel Tower lighting up as a way of expressing the nation’s support for Ukraine.
In a Twitter post, the British newspaper The telegraph reported that the light display was made at the request of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. French President Emmanuel Macron also voiced his support for Ukraine, announcing that the nation will respond without weakness to Russia’s “act of war” against its neighboring nation.
From the Empire State Building in New York to the London Eye, social media users around the world have been posting photos of some of the world’s best-known landmarks lit up in blue and yellow. We’ve posted a roundup of cities around the world below:
London Eye in London, United Kingdom
Trafalgar Square in London, UK
Trafalgar Square – Central London – tonight pic.twitter.com/uD5aJxceXh
— Daniel Emery (@DemeryUK) February 25, 2022
Empire State Building in New York, USA
Tonight, the Empire State Building will shine the lights of its tower in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. pic.twitter.com/OPU1HjvNra
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) February 25, 2022
Veliko Tarnova in Bulgaria
St George’s Hall in Liverpool, UK
Liverpool lights up St George’s Hall in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. pic.twitter.com/MV7W6X070z
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) February 24, 2022
Bradenberg Gate in Berlin, Germany
GERMANY stands in solidarity with Ukraine – The Brandenburg Gate illuminates the Ukrainian flag pic.twitter.com/U2XHLfvSfh
— Nguyen Ken (@NguyenK37230640) February 25, 2022
Mole Antonelliana in Turin
This evening the Mole Antonelliana, emblematic monument of the city of Turin, is colored in yellow and blue which are both the colors of the city and those of the flag of Ukraine. A sign of light, hope and solidarity with the Ukrainian people. ❤️🇺🇦 ☮️ pic.twitter.com/rgcPnUWWUr
— Lucapannoli (@lucapannoli) February 24, 2022
For more coverage on Ukraine, see:
“Did the Taliban call for a ‘peaceful’ resolution in Ukraine? Snopes.Com, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/taliban-peace-ukraine/. Accessed February 25, 2022.
“Did Turkish football fans sing Putin ‘looks like a jerk’?” Snopes.Com, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/turkish-chant-putin-looks-like-dick/. Accessed February 25, 2022.
“https://twitter.com/Latoureiffel/Status/1497276567101317125.” Twitter, https://twitter.com/latoureiffel/status/1497276567101317125. Accessed February 25, 2022.
“https://Twitter.Com/Search?Src=typed_query&q=Mayor%20Anne%20Hidalgo.” Twitter, https://twitter.com/search?src=typed_query&q=Mayor%20Anne%20Hidalgo. Accessed February 25, 2022.
Live: The Eiffel Tower lights up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag. www.youtube.com, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNS1n_qJS3M. Accessed February 25, 2022.
Reuters. “France will strengthen its support for Ukraine ‘in all its forms’ – Le Drian.” Reuters, February 24, 2022. www.Reuters.com, https://www.Reuters.com/world/europe/france-reinforce-support-ukraine-all-its-forms-le-drian-2022-02-24/ .
“Macron: France will respond without weakness to Russia’s ‘act of war’ against Ukraine.” Reuters, February 24, 2022. www.Reuters.com, https://www.Reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/frances-macron-calls-russia-end-military-actions-ukraine-2022-02-24/ .