Eiffel Tower lights up in Ukraine colors

A photo shows the Eiffel Tower lit in the colours of the Ukrainnian flag in a show of support to Ukraine, one year after Russia launched a military invasion on the country, in Paris, on 23 February 2023. – Kyiv is set on 24 February to mark the first anniversary of Moscow’s invasion, as Ukrainians braced for possible new Russian strikes after a year of defiance and grief, as a year ago, Russia’s President stunned the world by sending troops across the border in the early hours of the morning to “de-militarise” Ukraine, in a move seen as punishment for Kyiv’s pivot to the West. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

The Eiffel Tower was lit in the colors of Ukraine’s flag on Thursday in a mark of support for Kyiv on the eve of the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

The tower, one of the world’s most visited landmarks, was swathed in blue and yellow light shortly after sundown in the French capital.

The top of the tower was bathed in blue, and the bottom in yellow, with the tower’s habitual white spotlight rotating at its top.

“Glory to Ukraine!” tweeted Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in Ukrainian.

Hidalgo had asked for the show of support, which comes as France, like other western countries, is boosting arms deliveries to Kyiv.

The French defense ministry said last week that the first batch of AMX-10 armored vehicles President Emmanuel Macron promised would be delivered within days.

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