Monuments across the globe have lit up in the national blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag in solidarity with the people of Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s invasion.
The London Eye, Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square, the Eiffel Tower and Rome’s Colosseum were all illuminated with the national colours on Friday night, as Vladimir Putin’s troops advanced on Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.
The famous Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary, the Ludwingsburg Palace in Germany and the 16th century palace Palazzo Marino in Milan, Italy, also lit up with strips of blue and yellow in solidarity with Ukrainians whose lives have been torn apart by the war.
Yesterday, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was illuminated with stripes of yellow and blue, as was the front of 10 Downing Street in London and Flinders Train Station in Melbourne, Australia.
Russian missiles pounded Kyiv on Friday as families cowered in shelters and authorities told people to prepare petrol bombs to defend their capital.
Ukrainian forces fought off Russian troops in the capital on Friday, as the city braces for a possible night of air strikes. Few expect Ukraine to emerge victorious from what is almost certain to be a prolonged, bloody, and vicious war – but so far, Kyiv’s forces have managed to inflict heavy losses on Putin’s troops.
UNITED KINGDOM: The London Eye in London is lit up in yellow and blue in an expression of solidarity with Ukraine on Friday following Russia’s invasion
FRANCE: The Eiffel Tower is lit up in the Ukrainian national colours on Friday. The monument’s operator said the monument will be illuminated in Ukraine’s national colours ‘in support of the Ukrainian people’ for three nights
HUNGARY: The Fisherman’s Bastion, one of the main attractions of the Hungarian capital Budapest, is illuminated in the Ukrainian national colours in the Buda Castle, on Friday
ITALY: A moment of the torchlight procession in solidarity with the Ukrainian people at the Colosseum, in Rome, on Friday, as the monument is lit up in blue and yellow
ITALY: The Palazzo Marino in Milan, Italy, is lit up in the colors of the flag of Ukraine on Friday following the Russian attack of Ukraine
UNITED KINGDOM: Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London, is lit up in yellow and blue in an expression of solidarity with Ukraine on Friday
GERMANY: The Ludwigsburg Palace in Ludwigsburg, Germany, is lit up in the colors of the flag of Ukraine on Friday
SCOTLAND: St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh is illuminated in yellow and blue, the colours of the Ukraine flag on Friday
WALES: The Welsh Government Building at Cathays Park in Cardiff is lit up in the colours of the Ukraine national flag on Friday
UNITED KINGDOM: The London Eye is lit up in the Ukraine’s national flag colours in solidarity with Ukrainians who have been invaded by Putin’s troops
SCOTLAND: The flag of Ukraine flies outside St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh, as the building is illuminated in blue and yelloe
UK: The SIS Building in London is lit up in yellow and blue on Thursday in solidarity with Ukrainians
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, with the colours of the Ukrainian flag illuminated on the historic landmark on Thursday 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, on Thursday
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 on Thursday
Liverpool’s historic St George’s Hall is illuminated in yellow and blue in support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine on Thursday