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Denmark allows Ukrainian flag to be flown throughout summer

The Danish Ministry of Justice has extended a special permission to fly the Ukrainian flag in the country, keeping it in place until September 1st.

Denmark's Christiansborg parliament lit in the Ukrainian colours
Denmark's Christiansborg parliament lit in the Ukrainian colours on May 9th. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Ritzau Scanpix

The extended permission applies for both public authorities and private individual, companies and organisations, the ministry confirmed in a statement.

State authorities will still be required to fly the Danish flag on official flag days such as public holidays.

The extension is the fourth time the ministry has prolonged the period in which Ukraine’s flag can be flown in Denmark without special permission.

The permission was initially given on March 2nd and was originally set to expire after two weeks.

Denmark does not normally allow any flags other than its own to be flown unless authorities grant permission. This does not apply to the Greenlandic, Faroese or other Nordic nations’ flags or the EU and UN flags, which can be flown freely without special permission.

The Ministry made the exception for the Ukrainian flag in a symbolic gesture of support following the invasion of the Eastern European country by Russia.

Many public buildings, businesses and institutions in the country took the option, while the Foreign Ministry in central Copenhagen was lit in the colours of the Ukrainian flag on February 24th and the Danish parliament, Christiansborg, was lit blue and yellow on Europe Day on May 9th.

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Ukrainian soldiers to train in Denmark

Ukraine has accepted an offer to train soldiers within Denmark’s borders, Minister of Defence Morten Bødskov confirmed in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Ukrainian soldiers to train in Denmark
Denmark will train Ukrainian soldiers on its territory, the minister said on Tuesday, as it steps up its support to Kyiv’s army against the Russian invasion.
 
The Ukrainian soldiers could arrive before the year is out, Bødskov said, but declined to specify how many soldiers and where they might be based in Denmark.
Denmark isn’t the only country that will play host to Ukrainian soldiers in training — other EU member states are running similar programs, Bødskov said, and Denmark will contribute 130 officers to a training effort in the UK this autumn.

The Danish programme appears to be similar to that in Britain where the government in London has begun training up to 10,000 inexperienced Ukrainian military recruits since July.
 
“There will be training in Denmark. I cannot give more details but the Ukrainian army will be training in Denmark,” Bødskov told news wire Ritzau during a visit to Kyiv.
Like other Western countries, Denmark promised in August to send instructors to Britain to support the British initiative, with 130 officers.
 
But the preparation to train soldiers on Danish territory is an increase of the European Union and NATO member country’s support for Ukraine.
 
A Ukraine donors’ conference in Copenhagen of 26 countries last month pledged 1.5 billion euros in more aid for training and
equipment for Kyiv’s forces.
 
And Danes voted overwhelmingly in a referendum in June to join the EU’s common defence policy 30 years after opting out.
 
 
In recent days, Ukraine has recaptured several territories including dozens of areas in the northeast in a lightning counter-offensive against Russian forces.
 
As Kyiv pushes forward, the Estonian prime minister and Lithuanian president on Tuesday called on Europe to step up military aid to Ukraine.
 
“Ukraine is showing how the power of morale and leadership can be as crucial as pure military force,” Estonian premier Kaja Kallas tweeted after a three-way call with French President Emmanuel Macron and Lithuanian leader Gitanas Nauseda.
 
“Our focus must now be on increased and speedy military aid — this takes Ukraine closer to victory.”
 
“Emphasized that Ukraine needs weapons to advance in its fight against Russian aggression. Western support must be scaled up,” Nauseda tweeted.
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