Starting today, in the Finnish city of Lappeenranta, every evening at 7:30 p.m., the flag of Ukraine will be raised, and our anthem will be played from the roof of the city theatre. The city is located near the border with Russia, so such support for Ukraine has a double effect.
According to the mayor of Lappeenranta, this symbol of solidarity with our state will unite Ukrainians and city residents.
"I believe that the national anthem creates a sense of unity and unites the Ukrainians living here, as well as other residents of Lappeenranta," city head Kimmo Järva.
The gesture of solidarity truly began to unite Ukrainians and Finnish people because Lappeenranta is the second city that started to play the anthem of Ukraine. The first city is Imatra, located near Lappeenranta: they started playing the Ukrainian anthem last month.
Remarkably, 2 flags of Ukraine raise at once in Lappeenranta: one in front of the city hall and the second in the port.
The Finnish youth movement Kokoumusnuoret (Nationalist Youth) bought a billboard on the border with Russia, at the Vaalimaa border checkpoint, and placed a message in Russian there for the people of Russia. It says: "While you are resting, many Ukrainians were left without a home to return to."