United for Ukraine rally to take place at Prague's Old Town Square

Czech President Petr Pavel will speak in support of Ukraine on Feb. 24 during an event that will also feature a message from Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Written by Expats.cz Staff Published on 11.02.2024 12:28:00 (updated on 12.02.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

On the eve of the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, several prominent civic organizations in the Czech Republic are uniting to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine. Several events on February 24 will culminate with a rally in Prague's Old Town Square.

Local organizations Memory of Nations, People in Need, Million Moments for Democracy, and the European Congress of Ukrainians have issued a fervent call to action, urging citizens across Czechia and Europe to stand in support of Ukraine against Russian aggression.

The one-hour United for Ukraine rally is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Old Town Square in Prague. Czech President Petr Pavel will deliver a speech at the event, emphasizing the importance of standing firm in defense of shared values and the sovereignty of nations.

"We want to say to Ukraine: you are not alone. We are with you! This is our fight for our future," says Šimon Pánek from People in Need through a press release. "I think it is more important than ever to stand behind these words and remind the Czech and European public of our values."

"The war in Ukraine is not some distant, local conflict between two warring parties, adds Mikuláš Kroupa from Memory of Nations. "It is a fundamental struggle of our generation for the freedom of Europe. It concerns each and every one of us. Therefore, I strongly urge you to show our will to defend Europe at Old Town Square together."

In addition to President Pavel's participation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has also pledged to deliver a video message in solidarity with the demonstration. The rally will be accompanied by the drafting of a manifesto in support of Ukraine, urging global leaders to honor their commitments and bolster assistance to the country during this critical juncture.

The United for Ukraine rally is part of a broader initiative called the Day for Ukraine, which will see various events across the Czech Republic. In Prague, a March for Ukraine will also take place at 3:00 p.m. from Smíchov's Kinský Square, leading to the rally at Old Town Square at 4:00 p.m.

The day will culminate in the Concert for All Decent People at Forum Karlín in Prague 8, with proceeds directed towards medical equipment for the Ukrainian army. More information about the February 24 events can be found at the official Day for Ukraine website.

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