Feb 28, 2022 - News

Central Ohio stands in solidarity with Ukraine

Crew fans hold up Ukraine flags in the stands

Columbus Crew fans hold up Ukrainian flags before Saturday's game. Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski/USA Today Sports

Central Ohioans are showing their support for Ukraine amid an invasion by Russia.

Why it matters: Ohio is home to tens of thousands of residents with Ukrainian descent, including around 5,000 people in Columbus.

The latest: Here are a number of ways our state reacted to the invasion over the weekend:

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ The Ukrainian Cultural Association of Ohio, founded in 1983 and located in Columbus, demonstrated Saturday at the Statehouse to rally support, WSYX reports.

⚽ The Columbus Crew held a moment of silence for Ukraine before its season opener, per the Columbus Dispatch's Jacob Myers.

🎭 The Palace Theatre featured the word "Peace" in blue and yellow on its rotating marquee.

πŸ™οΈ The LeVeque Tower appears to have displayed Ukraine's colors over the weekend.

πŸ›οΈ Gov. Mike DeWine, co-chair of the nationwide Council of Governors, called the invasion "unacceptable" and offered solidarity with the state's Ukrainian population.

Ukrainian population by metro area, 2019
Go here for an interactive version. Data: U.S. Census; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios
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