The Ukrainian flag.
The Ukrainian flag.

Hull marks Ukraine Independence Day

Hull once again stands with Ukraine on the country’s Independence Day on Thursday 24 August.

The day marks 32 years since Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union.

It will also be 18 months to the day since the country was invaded by Russia.

Hull, a City of Sanctuary, has welcomed dozens of people forced to flee their war-torn country, with many residents taking in refugees via the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

On Thursday, key city centre locations will be lit up blue, while a new Ukraine flag will be raised at the Guildhall.

Councillor Rob Pritchard, portfolio holder with responsibility for City of Sanctuary, said: “We are continuing to demonstrate our solidarity with Ukraine, and our opposition to the Russian invasion.

“The Council would like to thank the many residents in our city who have welcomed people from Ukraine into their homes, and also thank the wide range of organisations who continue to offer their support.

“Ukraine Independence Day offers us the chance to take a moment to consider what people in that country continue to go through, but to also allow us to count our blessings that we haven’t found ourselves having to flee our own land in such terrible circumstances.”

Council services have worked closely to support those who’ve arrived in the city under the Ukraine Family Visa Scheme, and have worked alongside other agencies and organisations, including Hull4Ukraine.

Independence celebrations will once again be held at Hull Minster this year.

The Independence Day of Ukraine event will take place on Saturday 26 August, starting at 1pm.

The family-friendly event is to thank the local community for its support of Ukraine.

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Stacie Bentley in the Community Garden at Pearson Park.