Ukrainian flag raised at Saskatchewan legislature to support freedom

The Saskatchewan government is opening its doors to welcome Ukrainians fleeing from their war-stricken country that was invaded by Russia on February 24, 2022. Sean Lerat / Global News

REGINA – The blue-and-yellow horizontal stripes of the Ukrainian flag are flying outside the Saskatchewan legislature.

The provincial government says it decided to raise the flag to show Saskatchewan’s support for a free and democratic Ukraine.

Orest Gawdyda, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress branch in Regina, helped raise the flag.

He says the move sends a message to the people of Ukraine that Canadians support them.

Ferocious street battles between protesters and police in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, have left dozens dead and hundreds wounded in the last few days.

The violence strikes close to home for many residents in Saskatchewan, where about 13 per cent of the population has Ukrainian roots.

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