Last night, before a meeting of Watford Council, local people gathered on the steps of the Town Hall in a show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
Speeches were delivered by Mayor Peter Taylor and the Council’s chairman before raising the Ukraine Flag outside Watford’s Town Hall.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said “This is not just a war in which innocent people are being killed and injured, it’s also an attack on democratic values. People in Russia are being bundled in police vans for speaking to the press or holding up blank pieces of paper. In the Ukrainian city of Melitopol, the Mayor Ivan Fedorov has been kidnapped by Russian forces, leading to protests from local residents.
“As public officials and members of the local community, we stood with Mayors, councillors and every person elected to office in Ukraine that is at present unable to fulfil their democratic duties.
“I am grateful for the response of so many people in Watford who have made donations and contributions to help those in need in Ukraine, especially to Goods for Good, Watford & Three Rivers Trust and Luther Blissett who have spent lots of time working to prepare hundreds of boxes of vital goods to go to Ukraine.”
- Further information on how to support Ukraine can be found here: watford.gov.uk/Ukraine