Council reaffirms support for Ukraine as country marks Independence Day

Published: Wed 24th August, 2022

  • Ukraine flag flying at Loughborough Town Hall in support for Ukraine.

Charnwood continues to stand with Ukraine says Charnwood Borough Council leader Jonathan Morgan as the war-torn country marks its Independence Day.

Today (August 24) also marks exactly six months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as well as 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union.

The Council is showing its support by continuing to fly the Ukrainian flag at Loughborough Town Hall and at the council offices which will also be lit up in blue and yellow in the evening.

Cllr Morgan said: “The Charnwood community has rallied to support and show solidarity with the people of Ukraine from the moment the conflict broke out.

“We were all saddened and outraged at the act of aggression and our thoughts continue to be with all those impacted by the war.

“In Charnwood, our Polish community have done an incredible job of collecting and transporting donated items to Ukraine and I thank them and the local community for supporting those efforts.

“As a borough, we have also welcomed a number of Ukrainian people to the area who have had to flee their home country and desperately want to return.

“Our thanks go to the hosts and the families who have given them shelter.

“Charnwood will continue to stand by Ukraine and our thoughts and wishes are particularly strong for them today as they mark their Independence Day.”

Charnwood Borough Council is working with other councils across the county to help Ukrainian refugees and support host families who have opened their homes to people from Ukraine. Through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, more than 80 people are now staying in homes in Charnwood with local hosts.

Other Ukrainian people have travelled to the area under the Government’s Ukraine Family Scheme.

The Council’s communities team have held welcome events to bring together Ukrainian refugees and hosts so they can find out more about the support available and start building local networks to support each other. The team are also signposting people to local health services, education and jobs.

The Council’s strategic and private sector housing team are inspecting host properties before refugees move in and giving other housing advice.

Kateryna has shared her story of how she left Ukraine and found herself living with a host family in Sileby