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La Crosse council votes to remove Russian flag from airport

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Apr 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 16:16:55-04

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The La Crosse Common Council has voted to remove a Russian flag from the city's airport.

The La Crosse Tribune reported the council voted Thursday to remove the flag in a show of support for Ukraine, which is fighting to blunt a Russian invasion.

The council debated whether the move would amount to an insult to the Russian city of Dubna, a La Crosse sister city since 1990. But council member Larry Sleznikow, who proposed removing the flag, said he's not comfortable with flying a Russian flag when the country is attacking Ukrainian civilians.

The council ultimately voted to remove the Russian flag, replace it with a Ukrainian flag and hang up a message expressing solidarity with Dubna.

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