The Mayor of Wirral, Councillor Jeff Green, has led Wirral’s tribute to the bravery of the people of Ukraine at ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The event, which took place at Wallasey Town Hall earlier today (24 February), was part of a national moment of reflection to show the UK’s solidarity with the country as it continues its courageous fight.
At 11.00am a whistle signalled the start of a minute’s silence and the lowering of the Ukrainian flag to half-mast.
The silence ended with the playing of the Ukrainian National Anthem ‘Shche ne vmerla Ukrainas’ or ‘Ukraine Has Not Perished’ to a small crowd which included Ukrainians who have moved to the borough for safety as part of the national ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme.
The Mayor said, “Today’s event provided an opportunity to reflect on the outrageous and brutal invasion of Ukraine, which has taken thousands of lives and devastated countless others. It also provided a chance to remember the incredible spirit of the Ukrainian people.
“Since the start of the war a year ago the Ukrainian flag has flown at Wallasey town hall as a small symbol of our solidarity. Hundreds of residents continue to show their solidarity – and incredible generosity – by opening their doors to provide safety and security for people who were forced from their homes across Ukraine.
“Many people have donated money and goods to help those fleeing the war, and local churches, community groups and charities have also rallied round to help those who have taken refuge in our borough.
“I am incredibly proud at how the people of Wirral have provided shelter and support and I know that their generosity is appreciated more than we can ever imagine by our Ukrainian guests.”
Tatyana, who has moved to Wirral under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, said, “Five months ago I arrived in Wirral with my children and met our Sponsors, who are a very friendly and a loving family.
“They gave us everything our children needed. My children go to a local school and really like it because they are very fondly accepted.
“I also work and have English lessons. We are comfortable and very grateful to the people of Great Britain for such a warm and friendly welcome.”