New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell took to Twitter Thursday afternoon to voice support for Ukraine following its invasion by Russian forces, and stating that New Bedford is open to refugees fleeing from the conflict.

Just before 5 p.m., Mitchell tweeted from his account, "We in #Newbedford lend our voice to the chorus condemning Russia’s unprovoked attack on #Ukraine. Our city stands ready and willing to assist refugees if called upon."

Mitchell is one of many civic leaders on local, nation and international stages condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin and his decision to invade neighboring Ukraine. Earlier on Thursday, President Joe Biden issued new sanctions against Russia in the wake of the invasion, and other nations followed suit.

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Thursday that at least 137 Ukrainian civilians and soldiers had been killed in the first day of the invasion. Reuters reported that as many as 100,000 have fled their homes in Ukraine, with thousands of them fleeing into neighboring countries.

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