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A Spanish village changes its name to Ukraine in a sign of solidarity

A village in southern Spain has changed its name to Ukraine in solidarity as the country enters two months of war with Russia.

It’s no longer Fuentes de Andalucia, the entrance sign to the village now says Ukraine and the country’s blue and yellow flag has been painted next to it.

The streets have been renamed City of kyiv, Odesa and Mariupol in the village of more than 7,100 people east of Seville.

“The main goal is to raise awareness about the conflict in Ukraine but also about countries that are at war right now,” resident Francisco Martinez said as he stood on the street in Kyiv city .

A cyclist passes a road sign reading ‘City of kyiv Street’ after it was changed from the original name


Mr Martinez said the name change was more than a gesture as villagers had also raised €3,500 (£2,900) over two days for a planned refugee centre.

The village wants to provide accommodation for up to 25 refugees at the center or with families.

Six-year-old Rafael Osuna said he would take a Ukrainian couple home.

“The people of Fuentes are very proud of what we are doing,” he said. “As I live alone and have a big house, I thought about hosting a Ukrainian couple for a while.”

A sign reading ‘Place de Mariupol’ is shown after it has been changed from the original name ‘Place d’Espagne’.


More than 3 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia launched its invasion, according to new estimates.

That figure topped 3 million on Tuesday, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which warned that millions more could be affected if the war in Eastern Europe continues.

Of the 3 million refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, more than 157,000 of them are not Ukrainian citizens, according to IOM estimates.

UN officials have called it the biggest refugee crisis on the continent since World War II.

According to UNHCR, those who fled at the start of the conflict mostly had resources and contacts outside Ukraine, but now many refugees are leaving in haste and are more vulnerable.

“We see a lot of elderly people and a lot of people with disabilities, really people who were waiting and hoping until the last moment that the situation would change,” said Tatiana Chabac, a UNHCR aid worker.

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