Bill Clinton and George W. Bush laid flowers in front of Ukrainian Church in Chicago

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited a Ukrainian church in Chicago together on Friday in a show of solidarity for the country in the face of the Russian invasion.

The former presidents each laid bouquets of sunflowers – Ukraine’s national flower – at the Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church, located in the middle of the bustling Ukrainian village of Windy City.

“America stands united with the people of Ukraine in their struggle for freedom and against oppression,” Clinton and Bush said on their respective social media accounts.

The house of worship thanked the former presidents for the visit in a Facebook post.

A video shared by Clinton and Bush noted that the United States has maintained diplomatic relations with Ukraine since 1991, when it became independent from the Soviet Union.

“Presidents Clinton and Bush have worked to support Ukraine’s democratic institutions,” the clip says. “Both former presidents called on Americans to stand with Ukraine.”

The former presidents visited the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Saint Volodymyr and Saint Olha in Chicago.
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Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
Past presidents were thanked by the church for their visit.
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An anonymous church member says in the video that the flowers “say ‘out of solidarity’ or in Ukrainian ‘солідарно'”.

“They represent the struggle for freedom, which today are the colors of blue and yellow,” the man says. “Blue for the sky, yellow for the wheat, because Ukraine is the breadbasket of Europe and now Ukraine is the citadel of the struggle for freedom.”

Chicago is the sister city of kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. The Illinois city has more than 50,000 residents claiming Ukrainian ancestry, according to a report from Axios, the nation’s second-largest metropolis after New York.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush
The city of Chicago has over 50,000 residents claiming Ukrainian ancestry.
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Nearly 3.3 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, while another 6.5 million have left their homes for other parts of the country, according to the United Nations.

get latest updates in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict with the Post’s live coverage.

The death toll remains uncertain, although thousands of civilians and soldiers on both sides are believed to have been killed.

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