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City lowers flag to mark violence in Ukraine

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From left: the Ukrainian flag, Canadian flag and City of Winnipeg flag all stand at half-mast  in front of Winnipeg City Hall Wednesday.

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From left: the Ukrainian flag, Canadian flag and City of Winnipeg flag all stand at half-mast in front of Winnipeg City Hall Wednesday. Photo Store

The Ukrainian flag was lowered to half-mast at city hall this morning to acknowledge the violence in that country.

Mayor Sam Katz made the announcement at the start of this morning’s executive policy committee meeting.

Winnipeg’s Ukrainian community is "very concerned about family and friends there," Katz said. "We hope for a quick end and a peaceful end in the very near future."

Katz has spoken publicly before in support of the protestors occupying the heart of the capital city of Kyiv, describing them as fighting to protect democracy in a nation that was once part of the Soviet bloc.

The Ukrainian flag was lowered to half-mast earlier this morning and will stay there until Sunday.

Katz later told reporters that he was saddened with the recent ugly turn of events, where 25 people were killed and hundreds more injured during bloody clashes between protesters and police.

"We know there is something wrong there and hopefully can be corrected before any other lives are lost."

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM CST: adds photo

February 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM: Corrects cutline

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