I-35W bridge to be lit in Ukraine’s colors this weekend

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced the I-3W bridge in Minneapolis will be lit in Ukraine’s colors Friday night and through the weekend.

According to the agency, the bridge will be blue and yellow, and is being lit to support Ukrainians as Russin forces invade the country.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is tracking the latest updates amid the conflict over Ukraine and the security crisis in Eastern Europe.

  • Follow live updates here.
  • Here are the things to know about the conflict.
  • Read an explanation of sanctions being discussed here.
  • See President Biden’s remarks Thursday afternoon here.
  • KSTP’s complete coverage can be found here.

The move of support comes as Russian forces, which began invading the country Thursday, close in on Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv.

The assault, anticipated for weeks by the West, amounts to Europe’s largest ground conflict since World War II. It could also portend the emergence of a new “Iron Curtain” between the West and Russia, with global repercussions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed for defense assistance and tougher sanctions on Russia. U.S. President Joe Biden was to meet Friday with fellow NATO leaders during a virtual summit.