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Ukraine - North Northamptonshire Council pauses to reflect


24 February 2023

Ukraine flag alongside the Union Jack

Today, Friday 24 February, marks the first anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine.

Since the start of the conflict, North Northamptonshire Council has stood with the people of Ukraine.  Earlier today, many staff and councillors from across the Council took part in the national moment of silence to remember those impacted by the conflict and those who have sadly lost their life.

The Council has consistently supported those fleeing the conflict. Through its Homes 4 Ukraine scheme, there are currently 390 Ukrainian nationals who have fled the horrors of war in their home country staying with hosts in North Northamptonshire.

Today is a very sombre day.  I am saddened that the people of Ukraine continue to be impacted by the unprovoked invasion of their Country. I am very thankful to the local residents and staff who are helping those who need our help.

North Northamptonshire Council continues to unreservedly condemn the unprovoked aggression of Russia in Ukraine. We will continue to offer support to those fleeing the conflict for as long as necessary.

I am pleased that many staff and councillors took a moment today to reflect on the past year and remember those who have been sadly lost their life or loved ones due to the conflict.

On this one year anniversary, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken part in the Homes for Ukraine scheme so far, opening up their homes for Ukrainians.  You really are making a difference to people’s lives and I am sure those from Ukraine’s war-torn country staying in North Northamptonshire appreciate your hospitality.
Cllr Jason Smithers, Leader of the Council

Anyone interested in becoming a host or finding out more about how NNC are supporting the people of Ukraine can find information on North Northamptonshire Council’s website.