The iconic and historic Catalina Island Casino changed its exterior lighting to blue and yellow, the colors of the flag of Ukraine, to show support to the beleaguered country that has been fighting an invasion by Russia.
The Art Deco-style Casino was commissioned and built by William Wrigley, Jr., in 1929 and is considered to be Catalina’s most recognizable landmark. It is the latest of many buildings throughout the world to boast the colors of Ukraine.
The invasion of Ukraine began on February 22, 2022, following a months-long buildup of Russian forces along their border. The people of Ukraine have resisted the invasion with remarkable determination and fortitude despite the overwhelming numbers arrayed against them, as well as deliberate attacks on civilian targets by Russian forces.
The Institute for the Study of War provides detailed assessments of the conflict; as of March 2, Russian forces had renewed advances toward northeastern Kyiv, the capitol of Ukraine, and would likely secure the city of Kherson in the next day. Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia had stalled. Ukraine reported that a Russian assassination attempt against President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – who has become an internationally-recognized icon of Ukraine’s resistance against Russia – had been thwarted. And even as Russia tries to control the narrative at home and abroad, reporting implausibly low casualty statistics, it and its puppet state Belarus face tightening economic sanctions from the West and growing domestic unrest.
For ongoing conflict assessments on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, visit www.understandingwar.org.