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Ukrainian native Roman Beregovsky speaks to protesters Feb. 26, 2022 against Russia's invasion of the country at the Madison County Courthouse

Alabama’s Role in the Russo-Ukrainian Conflict

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- As a result of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine last week, the State of Alabama found ways of supporting the people of Ukraine.

Huntsville Protests

Last week on February 26, approximately 60 people carried signs in the rain to express support for Ukraine.  The protesters marched around the Madison County Courthouse while singing the Ukrainian national anthem and citing bible verses. Similar protests were held in Birmingham and across the country.

Day of Prayer 

Governor Kay Ivey announced that today, March 2, 2022 to be the Day of Prayer for Ukraine.

The governor’s motives have been expressed in an issued statement: “Alabama stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they fight to protect their country and democracy. Alabamians are deeply rooted in their faith, and as many Christians observe Ash Wednesday, I urge our citizens to pray for peace in Ukraine.” 

Tonight, both the Court Square Fountain and Montgomery City Hall will be illuminated in blue and yellow, the colors of Ukraine to express solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

Alabama-Made Weapons

Javelin missiles used by the Ukrainian military are being distributed out of Troy, Alabama and used to counteract Russian military vehicles. This is a result of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin’s joint venture which has been supplying missiles to US allies. Per their website, Lockheed Martin has a “manufacturing, final assembly, test and storage operation” based in Troy. 

Bill R-HD 28

Alabama’s House of Representatives approved of resolution R-HD 28 which formally expresses disapproval towards Russia and their military invasion. The bill was signed unanimously by each member and prompts Alabama residents to disfavor and boycott Russian products. Rep. Gil Isbell who sponsored the bill says she hopes severe sanctions are imposed by the federal government.