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STANDING STRONG: Watford comes together to commemorate Ukrainian lives

 Published on: 16th March 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

People from across Watford joined the town’s elected mayor and councillors in a flying of the flag of Ukraine, uniting to remember the lives lost in the country’s ongoing invasion by Russian forces.

Standing on the town hall steps at 6:30pm last night, Elected Mayor Peter Taylor, Chairman of Watford Borough Council cllr Bilqees Mauthoor and various other members on the council were joined by children and adults alike to mark the commemoration.

The Mayor, speaking about the conflict and the previous night’s events: “This is not just a war in which innocent people are being killed and injured, it’s also an attack on democratic values. People in Russia are being bundled in police vans for speaking to the press or holding up blank pieces of paper. In the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, the Mayor Ivan Fedorov has been kidnapped by Russian forces, leading to protests from local residents.

“As public officials and members of the local community, we stood with Mayors, councillors and every person elected to office in Ukraine that is at present unable to fulfil their democratic duties.

“I am grateful for the response of so many people in Watford who have made donations and contributions to help those in need in Ukraine, especially to Goods for Good, Watford & Three Rivers Trust and Luther Blissett who have spent lots of time working to prepare hundreds of boxes of vital goods to go to Ukraine.”

The opening of the UK’s Homes for Ukraine scheme has also begun, with people, charities, businesses and community groups across the country now being able to apply to volunteer accommodation and a route to safety for Ukrainian refugees fleeing their homeland.

For those interested in volunteering as an individual, please visit consult.communities.gov.uk/digital-delivery/register-to-support-homes-for-ukraine. For those wishing to register as an organisation, please visit consult.communities.gov.uk/digital-delivery/register-to-support-homes-for-ukraine-org.

Financial support can also be donated to the Watford & Three Rivers Trust at www.w3rt.org/ukraine.

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