Support for war-stricken Ukraine continues to grow across Greater Victoria.
Today, Royal Roads University’s announced that the historic Hatley Castle has been lit up in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.
“As a visual expression of our deep sorrow and outrage over the attack on Ukraine, and our solidarity with the innocent people fighting to save their free, democratic country and their very lives, Royal Roads University’s Hatley Castle is now awash in the colours of Ukraine’s flag every night,” Royal Roads University President Philip Steenkamp said in a statement.
As an international university with colleagues, partners, faculty, students and alumni connected to Ukraine, Royal Roads University said they hope “this small act of solidarity brings some comfort to those who can see it in person, and that the image is shared around the world.”
You can view the light display from dusk to dawn, March 8th to 21st, on the south side of Hatley Castle (facing the Esquimalt Lagoon).
— Royal Roads (@RoyalRoads) March 8, 2022
On Sunday, thousands lined Douglas Street, starting outside the Ukrainian Cultural Centre, past Mayfair Shopping Centre and into the downtown core for the second ‘Stand with Ukraine’ rally.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) Victoria branch hosted the rally, together with the UVic Ukrainian Students’ Society and Victoria Ukrainian Cultural Centre.
UCC Victoria president Devon Sereda Goldie told Victoria Buzz last week, the goal is to raise awareness, spreading solidarity to those who drive past.
Supporters were swathed in blue and yellow, some wearing flags around their shoulders and many carrying signs showing their love for Ukraine, others denouncing the violence that is currently taking place there.
Risking a $125 fine from a recently approved bylaw, cars passing by honked to show their support for Ukraine, which has been under attack by Russian forces since February 24th.