Fuentes de Andalusia is a peaceful small village in southern Spain. The village is more than 4,000 kilometers away from the Russian-attacked Ukraine. Yet what the residents here have done for the Ukrainian refugees is truly unimaginable.
They have renamed the village Ukraine to raise awareness about the Ukraine war. At the entrance to the village is the Ukrainian name for Fuentes de Andalusia. Next to it is the blue-yellow flag of Ukraine. The streets of the village are named after the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Odessa and Mariupol.
6,100 people live in the newly named village of Ukraine, just east of Seville, the capital of Andalusia and the Seville province of Spain. Francisco Martinez, a resident of the village, told Reuters that the main purpose of renaming the village was to raise awareness about the war in Ukraine as well as the conflict in the world.
UFuentes de Andalusia in Spain is named "Ukraine" this week. Some of its streets are currently renamed Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Kherson and Odesa.
This decision was made by the local city authorities.
Embassy of Ukraine to the Kingdom of Spain.#StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/AUzr43wm3O
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Martinez said the villagers had raised 3,500 euros to change the name and open a refugee camp there in two days. They want to shelter more than 25 residents with a refugee camp or a family.
“I want to give a Ukrainian couple a place at home,” said Rafael Osuna, a villager. The residents of Fuentes are proud to have done such a thing. I live alone at home. I want to shelter a Ukrainian family in my big house for a while. ‘