Nottingham is coming together to mark the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Members of the public will join the city’s Ukrainian community in Old Market Square at 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) where Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, will be among a number of guest speakers.
The Council House will also be lit up in blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag, while officers and councillors at council sites fell silent at 11am this morning (Friday) for the national moment of reflection.
A candlelit vigil is taking place close to the Brian Clough Statue, in King Street, at 6pm today.
Councillor Mellen said: “The attack on Ukraine has resulted in thousands of lives being lost, seen towns and cities destroyed, and led to Ukrainian people having to flee their homes to neighbouring countries.
“I’m saddened that, one year on, we are no closer to a resolution of this conflict. As with all tragedies, it is our response in the face of adversity that defines who we are.
“The people of Ukraine have stood firm against this act of aggression – and I am proud that here in Nottingham we are standing with them. We have responded with donations of aid and money, sent off blankets and clothing as part of a humanitarian response – and finally, people have opened their homes.
“I would like to pay tribute to the work of the Ukrainian community here in Nottingham. They have worked tirelessly to offer support to those here in our city and to maintain the important link with those who remain on the frontline in Ukraine. Thank you for everything that you have done in such difficult circumstances.”
More details on the events, which have been organised by the Nottingham Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, are here.