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Calgary stands behind Ukraine as Russia invades

The City of Calgary has expressed its support for the country of Ukraine and its citizens in the face of a Russian invasion.

Overnight, Russia began a full-scale attack on neighbouring Ukraine.

The City issued a statement Thursday morning.

“We stand in support of the Ukrainian community in our city and the people who have close ties to their homeland,” read the statement.

“The City of Calgary has raised the flag of Ukraine at the Municipal Building to show support for a sovereign nation under a horrifying and unprovoked attack.”

Alberta also announced $1 million in humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

“Our government will always stand by Ukrainians and their elected government. I have been clear that we support Ukraine’s sovereignty and its right to defend its borders – and its people – against adversaries,” Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said.

The province said there are more than 345,000 Albertans of Ukrainian descent.

According to the 2016 census, there are 77,670 Calgarians who said their ethnic origin is Ukrainian.

There are 3,345 who speak Ukrainian as their first language in the city.