Stevenage Borough Council held a Ukraine Solidarity event on Friday 4 March, which allowed local politicians and civic groups to express their support for the people of Ukraine during the present conflict.
Stephen McPartland, MP for Stevenage, said:
"Slava Ukraini. I laid a wreath as Stevenage came together to stand in solidarity with Ukraine today. Very moving meeting local Ukrainian families & it is clear we must work closer together. Putin must fail."
Cllr Phil Bibby CC, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council Conservatives, said:
“I was proud to attend this event to show my solidarity with the people of Ukraine during the present crisis. Russia’s actions are inexcusable and have resulted in a totally avoidable humanitarian disaster. I call on SBC to reinforce warm words with actions and plans to support refugees from Ukraine, in the same way as Afghan refugees were helped last year.”
Cllr Adam Mitchell CC, Conservative Councillor for Longmeadow, said:
“I was keen to support this event as the current crisis strikes personal note for me and my family. My grandparents were refugees in the aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, an uprising which defied communist Russian rule in Hungary. What we are seeing presently bears parallels with Hungary in 1956; a sovereignty country being invaded by an aggressive Russian despot for simply trying to assert its independence, liberty, and freedom. I urge everyone to donate to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal and help those fleeing this horrific conflict.”