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Norway to hail Ukrainian independence

Parades and demonstrations are planned all over Norway on Thursday, to mark Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24. Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt is among top officials planning to take part in events that will be held in Oslo and 15 other Norwegian cities.

it’s all being organized by Ukrainian organizations in Norway and the Ukrainian Embassy. “This year our Independence Day is special because it’s been a year-and-a-half since Russia’s brutal attack on our peaceful country,” stated Yuliya Haugland of the Ukrainian Association in Norway (Den ukrainske forening i Norge). She noted how “thousands of innocent people have been killed” and millions have been forced to flee Ukraine: “It will mean a lot for us if many people use this day to mark their own opposition to Russia’s grusome war, terror and genocide in Ukraine.”

Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen and Ine Eriksen Søreide, leader of the Norwegian Parliament’s defense and foreign affairs committee, will also take part in events that begin at 5pm with a children’s parade from the Parliament to the Royal Palace and back again. That will be followed at 6pm by speeches, appeals and music before events end with a solidarity march to “Ukraine’s Square,” which was established adjacent to the Russian Embassy in Oslo’s Skillebekk neighbourhood shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022. staff



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