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Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush visited a Ukrainian church in a show of support as the country enters its fourth week of fighting an invasion by Russia.
“America stands with the people of Ukraine as they fight for their freedom and their future,” Bush said. job on his Instagram page on Friday with a video of the two presidents laying flowers at Saints Volodymyr & Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois.
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“Russia’s attack on Ukraine constitutes the most serious security crisis on the European continent since the Second World War. I join the international community in condemning the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin,” Bush said in a statement in late February. “The American government and people must stand in solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people as they seek freedom and the right to choose their own future. We cannot tolerate the authoritarian intimidation and danger that Putin poses. Ukraine is our friend and our democratic ally and deserves our full support during this most difficult time.”
Clinton also released a statement following the Russian invasion calling on the world to hold Russia accountable.
UKRAINE-RUSSIA WAR: MORE THAN 6.4M DISPLACED IN UKRAINE, 12M BLOCKED OR UNABLE TO FLEE, SAYS UN COALITION
The former presidents’ visit to the Ukrainian Church comes as the United Nations announced that more than 6 million people have been displaced by the war in Ukraine.
More than 12 million people have been stranded in areas affected by The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, while more than 6.4 million Ukrainians have been displaced, but remain in the countrystarting Wednesday, the UN-run Global Protection Cluster said on Friday.
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Also on Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights reported 2,149 civilian casualties in Ukraine from February 24 to Friday midnight. Of those 2,149 people, 816 were killed and 1,333 were injured, the office reported.
Officials said they believe the actual numbers were considerably higher.
Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report