Greene County lights up courthouse in support of Ukraine

Greene County courthouse lit up in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag, the latest local government to do so in support of the European country. LONDON BISHOP/STAFF

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Greene County courthouse lit up in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag, the latest local government to do so in support of the European country. LONDON BISHOP/STAFF

The Greene County courthouse in downtown Xenia lit up in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag Thursday night, the latest local government to show solidarity with Ukraine in the wake of the Russian invasion.

“It’s the least we could do to support the country,” county Commissioner Tom Koogler said.

Wednesday marked a week since Russia launched an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, prompting an outpouring of support from state and local lawmakers.

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“It’s essential for free countries to support fellow countries attacked by tyrants who impose their will,” said county Commissioner Rick Perales. “We will stand with the Ukrainians and encourage our government to assist our brothers and sisters to the greatest extent possible.”

Commissioner Dick Gould called upon the federal government to cease American purchases of Russian oil.

“I hope our national leadership will make us back to being energy independent,” he said.

The Montgomery County Administration Building and Dayton’s Third Street Bridge also were lit up blue and yellow this week in support of the country.

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Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine declared Sunday a day of prayer, and directed the Ohio Department of Commerce to cease the purchase and sale of all vodka made by Russian Standard.

“As Russian aggression continues to intensify against the people of Ukraine, I want to assure Ohioans that our state has no contracts with Russian businesses now, and will not have any contracts for goods and services going forward. We will not support Russia with Ohio taxpayer dollars,” DeWine said Wednesday.

State Sen. Niraj Antani, a Miamisburg Republican, on Thursday introduced legislation that would require Ohio’s five public pension funds to divest all Russian-connected assets and ban state and local governments from contracting with Russian companies, the same day DeWine issued an executive order on the same requirements, the Associated Press reported.

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