Countries around the world light up buildings in Ukrainian colours

Solidarity with Ukraine: Countries around the world light up their buildings in the yellow and blue of its flag to show support as the besieged nation fights Putin’s invasion

  • Berlin, London, Liverpool and other cities around the world have shown their solidarity with Ukraine today
  • Landmarks in different countries, including Brandenburg Gate, have been lit up in the country’s flag colours
  • 10 Downing Street, Flinders Train Station in Melbourne and City Hall in Paris have all shown their support too

Countries around the world have been lighting up their buildings in Ukraine’s flag colours to show their solidarity  as Russian forces have seized control of Chernobyl nuclear power plant after a ‘fierce’ battle.

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was illuminated with stripes of yellow and blue, as was the front of 10 Downing Street in London, Flinders Train Station in Melbourne, Australia as other nations have similar plans in place to show their support.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy has also been lit up after Italy’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities of Italy Dario Franceschini tweeted about it earlier today.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy today, with the colours of the Ukrainian flag illuminated on the historic landmark following Putin’s invasion

Brandenburg Gate is seen lit up in the colours of Ukrainian flag during an anti-war protest, after Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Berlin, Germany

The front of 10 Downing Street, the residence of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is light up blue and yellow in an expression of solidarity with Ukraine

The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated in the colours of Ukraine during a solidarity demonstration following the Russian invasion into the Ukraine

Germany’s capital lit up the gate yesterday, as Ukraine declared a state of emergency and told its citizens in Russia to flee, while Moscow began evacuating its Kyiv embassy as fears rise of a Russian military onslaught.

Berlin, which represented the front line during the Cold War until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, was sending a clear signal for a free and sovereign Ukraine, said its government. 

In a statement, Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey said: ‘We are showing our solidarity with the people of Ukraine, the many Berliners with Ukrainian roots but also with the many Russians who want peace in Russia and Ukraine.

‘They all want nothing more than an end to the escalation and a peaceful settlement to this threatening conflict,’ she added.

In Paris, authorities lit City Hall, seat of the mayor and local administration, in the same colors to also show their support. 

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, also a candidate in France’s upcoming presidential election, yesterday said  that ‘once again, the spectre of war looms on Europe’s doorstep.’

Rome’s Colosseum has been lit up in yellow and blue to show support and solidarity with the invaded Ukraine today, as the conflict continues to escalate 

Berlin, which represented the front line during the Cold War until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, was sending a clear signal for a free and sovereign Ukraine, said its government

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was illuminated with stripes of yellow and blue, as was the front of 10 Downing Street (pictured) in London, Flinders Train Station in Melbourne, Australia as other nations have similar plans in place to show their support

Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia was seen lit up in yellow and blue to show solidarity with Ukraine today as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion continues

The Triumphal Arch at the Jubelpark, Parc du Cinquantenaire, in Belgium, Brussels was similarly illuminated.

Liverpool has also shown its support as the city’s St George’s Hall had the Ukrainian flag projected on it and raised the country’s flag too.

In a statement, Liverpool mayor Joanne Anderson said: ‘This morning’s news that Russia has invaded Ukraine is deeply disturbing.

‘This is a very dark day which could easily become a defining one of the 21st century.

‘I hope and pray all Western nations remain calm, clear and resolute in their support of Ukraine and its people.

‘For all the Ukrainians who have made Liverpool their home, this is a deeply troubling time, we will do what we can to support you.

‘There are no winners in war. We must now strain every sinew to convince President Putin of that fact.’

The Triumphal Arch at the Jubelpark – Parc du Cinquantenaire, in Brussels, Belgium has been lit up with the colours of the Ukrainian flag

People hold a banner in front of Brandenburg Gate lit up in the colours of Ukrainian flag during an anti-war protest, after Putin authorized a military operation in eastern Ukraine, in Berlin

The Ukrainian national colours are seen projected on 10 Downing Street to show solidarity and unity with Ukraine in London today as news of the conflicts unfolds

Liverpool’s historic St George’s Hall is illuminated in yellow and blue in support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine today

The flag of Ukraine is flown from the roof of Liverpool’s historic St George’s Hall in support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine

A general view of Flinders Street Station as it is lit in yellow and blue in Melbourne on February 24, 2022, as other public buildings around the world were similarly projected to show support

The flag colours of Ukraine are projected on the Flinders Train Station in a move to show solidarity with Ukraine in Melbourne, Australia on February 24, 2022

Belgium’s triumphal arch at the Jubelpark – Parc du Cinquantenaire, in Brussels, was lit up with Ukraine’s national colours in a move to show support

St George’s Hall in Liverpool is lit up in yellow and blue in an expression of solidarity with Ukraine following Russia’s invasion, as the city’s mayor made a statement calling today a ‘very dark day’

Paris City Hall lights up in the colours of the Ukraine flag, in support of the Ukrainian people, following Russia’s decision to recognise separatists and send troops to their aid, in Paris, France

The assets of all major Russian banks – including VTB – will be frozen, while new legislation will block the state and all the country’s major firms from being able to raise money on London markets. Pictured, Number 10 lit up 

Pictured, Flinders Train Station in Melbourne. Italy’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities of Italy Dario Franceschini has also tweeted that ‘tonight the #Colosseum will be illuminated in yellow and blue, the colours of the Ukrainian flag’

Earlier today Boris Johnson unveiled ‘unprecedented’ sanctions against Russian banks, firms and oligarchs as he vowed to cripple ‘bloodstained aggressor’ Vladimir Putin after the Ukraine invasion.

The PM announced 10 separate strands of measures to inflict ‘significant’ impact on Moscow’s economy – with officials saying they should knock several percentage points off its GDP.

Mr Johnson told MPs Mr Putin was flouting ‘every principle of civilised behaviour’ and will ‘never be able to cleanse the blood of Ukraine from his hands’ – even though Ukrainians are ‘offering a fierce defence’.

He insisted the world now saw the Russian president for what he is: ‘A bloodstained aggressor who believes in imperial conquest.’

The assets of all major Russian banks – including VTB – will be frozen, while new legislation will block the state and all the country’s major firms from being able to raise money on London markets.

Video today revealed Russian tanks and armoured vehicles standing in front of the destroyed reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which sits just 60 miles north of the capital Kiev.

Meanwhile Turkey reported that one of its ships had been hit by a ‘bomb’ off the coast of Odessa, where fighting is also going on.

Turkey is a member of NATO, underlining fears that the war in Ukraine could quickly suck in other states and spark an all-out conflict in Europe.

Elsewhere, Kiev ordered civilians into bomb shelters and declared a curfew amid concerns Russia is about to strike the capital as Ukrainian troops lost control of a key airfield around 15 miles away. Russian forces had attacked it with around two dozen attack helicopters earlier in the day, four of which are thought to have been shot down.

‘They are going to bomb Kyiv now. Authorities told us to hide in shelters,’ a source in the city told MailOnline as authorities said a hospital had been hit, killing four people.

The Ukrainian army was this afternoon fighting in almost every region of the country, battling the Russians for control of military bases, airports, cities and ports from Kharkiv to Kiev, and Donetsk to Odessa.

It came after Vladimir Putin personally gave the order to attack around 5am, unleashing a salvo of rocket fire that American intelligence said involved more than 100 short and medium-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles, and 75 bombers that targeted military sites including barracks, warehouses and airfields in order to knock out the country’s military command structure.

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