Marches, speeches and a barrel organ show support for Ukraine in NL
A year on since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, marches, church services and demonstrations have been taking place all over the Netherlands to show support for the Ukrainian people.
In Amsterdam, around 1,000 people gathered for a demonstration on the Dam, in the centre of the city, while there were similar events in The Hague, Utrecht and Groningen.
From Amsterdam with love to Ukraine! pic.twitter.com/rxDRKIcFBz
— Esselien van Eerten (@EertenEsselien) February 24, 2023
Ukrainian flags hung from civic buildings and along the Hofvijver in The Hague, where several hundred people took part in a silent march.
1 year of war in Ukraine 😢. We support our friends 🇺🇦! The whole City of The Hague is covered with Ukrainian flags. The same goes for the Dutch Parliament. Impressive tribute to all the fallen by this cruel war #WeStandWithUkraine #UkraineRussianWar #SlavaUkraini #TheHague pic.twitter.com/bK4XLSxvRJ
— David van Keulen | #ExploreTheCity (@davidvankeulen) February 24, 2023
Also in The Hague, artist Teun Castelein had a barrel organ placed outside the Russian embassy, playing the Ukrainian national anthem for several hours.
In opdracht van Kunstenaar Teun Castelein staat er vandaag een draaiorgel voor de Russische ambassade in Den Haag. Het orgel speelt van 08.00 deze ochtend tot 20.00 vanavond het Oekraïense volkslied. And I think it’s beautiful. pic.twitter.com/XcBwWzoN4Z
— Stylistoloog van de Sterren (@momofsaul) February 24, 2023
In Rotterdam, the Maas boulevaard was lined with Ukrainian flags and there was an early evening march from city hall.
De #Maasboulevard in #Rotterdam #Vlaggen #Ukraine #blauwgeel #010byday https://t.co/I1SFtu7jbi
— Rotterdam by Day (@010byday) February 24, 2023
In Utrecht, hundreds took place in a silent march from the main railway station to the Jaarbeurs exhibition centre.
One year of war, tears, resilience and solidarity. “Pray for Ukraine” inter-confessional service at Utrecht Domkerk, Silent Walk of Hope and “Remember Together” event at Jaarbeurs reception center. pic.twitter.com/P4elTq8cV2
— Lucian Fătu (@LucianFatu_Amb) February 24, 2023
Ministers gave speeches pledging their continuing backing for Ukraine. Prime minister Mark Rutte pledged that the Netherlands will continue to support Ukraine ‘as much as it can, for as long as it can. Foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra described the war as senseless.
— Mark Rutte (@MinPres) February 24, 2023
One year ago, Russia started its senseless war.
My message to our brave Ukrainian friends is simple:
We support you in this conflict.
We will do whatever it takes.
For as long as it takes.
Slava Ukraini! 🇺🇦
Слава Україні! 🇺🇦#StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/hdiOyJKR0A
— Wopke Hoekstra (@WBHoekstra) February 24, 2023
Some 65,000 Ukrainian nationals are currently living as refugees in the Netherlands.
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