City shows support for Ukraine

More than a hundred City workers and residents gathered at Guildhall Yard this morning (7 March) to show their support for the Ukrainian people.

The moment of support brought together individuals from across the City of London in the wake of continuing Russian military aggression over the weekend.

The Disasters Emergency Committee is urging people to donate to their Ukraine humanitarian appeal here.

Speaking at the event, also attended by many City of London Corporation elected Members, Lord Mayor of London Vincent Keaveny said:

“The scenes we see of Russian aggression on the news – and the stories of persecuted Ukrainians we hear on the radio – are, of course, deeply distressing.

“I know that many Russians live and work here in London, and they are ashamed of the actions of the Russian Government and I know that many Ukrainians are also proud to call London their home, as they are proud of the resolve and courage of their country.

“So, a symbol – like us flying the Ukrainian flag on Guildhall, and all of us being here today – could not be more important in conveying our support for the people of Ukraine.

“But in a conflict like this, our support must be bolstered by practical action because symbols alone will not help those fleeing their homeland, nor will it hinder the bombardment of a peaceful country.

“As the historic home to the UK’s financial services, the City of London Corporation is proud to be working with our government, our regulators, and our financial sector to implement sanctions.

“This is complemented by our work alongside the Foreign Office to support new measures to bring a peaceful solution to the conflict as soon as possible.

“One of our charities – City Bridge Trust – is funding organisations that support refugees arriving in the UK.

“And £25,000 of our Disaster Relief Fund has been donated to UNICEF to support their work on the borders of Ukraine.

“I believe that we must continue as we started; our opposition must not waiver, our help must be impactful, our support must remain steadfast.”   

Notes to editors

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