National Museum and other Prague landmarks fly Ukrainian flag

The National Theater will perform the Ukrainian anthem at Václav Havel Square, a protest is planned for Wenceslas Square at 5 p.m. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 24.02.2022 15:47:00 (updated on 26.02.2022) Reading time: 2 minutes

In addition to the prominent Czechs in the political and entertainment spheres who have spoken out in support of Ukraine this week, Prague's theaters and monuments showed solidarity with the country Thursday.

The Ukrainian flag has been raised on the National Museum in Prague's Wenceslas Square as well as the nearby State Opera House. In a Facebook post, the National Museum shared a simple image depicting the Ukrainian flag on the facade of its historical building without any text.

On Wednesday, Prague's National Theatre posted a message of support on its Facebook page, writing, "Russia's aggressive, threatening and dangerous political and military activities remind us of the most tragic moments in modern European history. The only way to resolve any disputes between states is to act within the framework of the law."

The post went on to say, "We are thinking of our excellent colleagues in Russia and Ukraine, among whom we have many friends. We believe that they too are on the side of democracy, freedom, and cooperation without wars and attacks. We offer them help and support if necessary. Let us show together that we are capable of dialogue and mutual respect."

Today the National Theatre announced that its orchestra would perform the Ukrainian national anthem at 5 p.m. in Václav Havel Square between the new and old buildings of the theater.

Also today at 5 p.m., a protest is being planned for Prague's Wenceslas Square. The protest "Prague Stands By Ukraine! #StopRussianAggression" is being held by the Ukrainian and Czech community with the support of the Million Moments for Democracy movement.

Ukrainian flag at the State Opera. Photo / Raymond Johnston.
Ukrainian flag at the State Opera. Photo / Raymond Johnston.

Earlier today silent protesters gathered in front of the statue of St. Wenceslas in the Czech capital, displaying Ukrainian flags as well as those of the European Union, Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Signs in Czech, English, and Ukrainian condemned the invasion. One prominent sign said, "Putin=death, silence kills." Blue and yellow paper flags were placed at the base of the statue.

Protesters on Wenceslas Square Thursday afternoon. Photo / Raymond Johnston.
Protesters on Wenceslas Square Thursday afternoon. Photo / Raymond Johnston.

In a televized speech this morning, Czech president Miloš Zeman said Russia is committing a crime against peace, and its unprovoked attack on Ukraine must be resolutely condemned not only by words but also by deeds. The government coalition is set to hold a special session of the chamber of deputies today.

Representatives of the capital city of Prague Thursday approved an immediate financial donation of CZK 10 million to the Czech humanitarian organization People in Need to help the people of Ukraine. The Czech Republic said Thursday it was ready to accept thousands of refugees after Russia launched airstrikes against Ukraine Thursday morning.

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