Ukraine demonstrations planned in Sheffield after town hall is lit up blue and yellow in protest at Russian invasion
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Two demonstrations are due to take place in the city centre.
The first is scheduled to take place tomorrow, Sunday, February 27, from 1pm to 2.30pm outside Sheffield City Hall
The organisers have urged as many people as possible to get involved, saying: “You don't need to be Ukrainian to stand with us for peace in our country, in Europe, and in the whole world!”
A rally is also planned on Monday, February 28, from 6pm outside Sheffield Town Hall, which on Friday night was lit up in blue and yellow, with the Ukrainian flag flying.
Monday’s demonstration has been organised by the Ukrainian Solidarity Campaign, which is calling for the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops.
"All are welcome – show solidarity with Ukrainians facing invasion; oppose Russia’s war,” it said.
The general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), who has just returned from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, is due to address crowds there.
As Russian troops closed in on Kyiv on Friday night, and guns were handed out to Ukrainian civilians to defend their country, Sheffield Council shared a photo of the town hall illuminated in blue and yellow and issued a powerful message.
“This is to show our support to the people of Ukraine and show that the people of Sheffield will do all that we can to be the light in the darkness #WeStandWithUkraine,” it stated.
Sheffield is twinned with the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a partnership which is celebrated in the naming of Donetsk Way, near Owlthorpe, and people in the city have been sharing photos of the street sign as a way of showing their support for citizens facing bombardment by Russia.
Sheffield Cathedral has said it is praying for the people of Ukraine, and St Mark’s Church in Grenoside has said it will be open for people to drop in and pray for Ukraine on Saturday, between 9am and midday.