WASHINGTON — Two former US presidents, Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican George W. Bush, show their support for Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion by visiting a Ukrainian church in Chicago.
The two men, who wore blue and yellow ribbons in the colors of Ukraine’s flag, lay bouquets of sunflowers, the country’s national emblem, in front of the Catholic Church of Saints Volodymyr and Olha before taking a moment to reflect.
The initiative aims to show their “solidarity with the people of Ukraine” after Russia launched a war against its neighbor last month, according to a video of the visit posted on Clinton’s Twitter account.
America stands united with the people of Ukraine in their fight for freedom and against oppression. pic.twitter.com/O7INc9S1tq
— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) March 18, 2022
“America stands united with the people of Ukraine in their fight for freedom and against oppression,” the tweet says.
That sets the 42nd and 43rd US presidents apart from Donald Trump, the 45th president, who just before the invasion described Vladimir Putin’s strategy of amassing troops on Russia’s border with Ukraine and then recognizing the independence of two pro-Russian separatist territories as a stroke of “genius.”