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Harlow’s political leaders give support for Ukraine

General / Sat 26th Feb 2022 am28 07:34am

COUNCILLOR Russell Perrin, Leader of Harlow Council (Conservative), said: “I am appalled by the horrific events which continue to unfold in Ukraine because of Russia’s invasion of the country. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people and those who have lost loved ones including our residents who have relatives and friends living in Ukraine. I know that the tragic events taking place in Ukraine are a concerning development for everyone including all Harlow residents. We stand alongside our neighbours and the world’s leaders in showing support for Ukraine and calling for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine to be restored.”

Councillor Chris Vince, Leader of the Opposition on Harlow Council (Labour), said:

“The events unfolding in Ukraine are extremely shocking and I wish to send my thoughts, prayers and love to the Ukrainian people and to residents from our town who have friends, family and loved ones in Ukraine. I don’t think any of us can imagine the anguish they face. As a town and council we show support for the Ukrainian people and hope the sovereignty and independence of the country can be restored.”

The balcony of the Civic Centre will be lit up blue into and over the weekend as Harlow shows it support for Ukraine and its people.

Guidance on support for family members of British nationals in Ukraine, and Ukrainian nationals in Ukraine and the UK can read at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/support-for-family-members-of-british-nationals-in-ukraine-and-ukrainian-nationals-in-ukraine-and-the-uk

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11 Comments for Harlow’s political leaders give support for Ukraine:

Joe
2022-02-26 08:35:48

'Thoughts and prayers'. Fat lot of good that does.

Jawad Sharief
2022-02-26 09:30:50

Well done keep up the great work Ukraine your an inspiration to us all

Marie Compton
2022-02-26 12:09:14

Western governments have cut back on conventional defence expenditure for too long. Putin only respects strength. We are now faced with a situation similar to Hitler in 1938 over Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. Putin annexed Ukrainian Crimea in 2014 and the West did nothing other than protests and mild sanctions. Putin laughs. If he sets foot in any of the Baltic States or Poland (all full NATO members) then the entire NATO will be at war with Russia. With weakened conventional forces the nuclear tripwire is too low. We must rebuild our military capabilities quickly ,bolster NATO presence in Eastern Europe and send as much military aid as possible to Ukraine to resist the tyrant. If we are unwilling to spill blood at this stage, which is not unreasonable, a united West will have to spill money. There is really no other choice.

Mari
2022-02-26 14:56:23

Governments are not doing anything, they are just saying and praying instead of acting. Putin is a next Hitler! Somehow in XXI century money are more important than human life,politics are forgetting about ordinary people. Ukraine is my neighbor country if you can support them plz ,send money to Red Cross or goods ,food to the Polish border please 🙏

Jamie Henderson
2022-02-26 17:10:26

Can you imagine the predicament we would be in now had Jeremy Corbyn and his far left Momentum mates won the 2019 General Election? To awful and frightening to bear. Many of his supporters want to disband NATO leaving the western democracies defenceless in the face of Putin’s barbarism. NATO needs to strengthen and get countries like Italy and Germany to cease being so selfish and rely on others to protect them. The UK is clearly picking the leadership mantle within Europe.

Nostradamus
2022-02-27 09:16:15

Send in equipment and give them the manpower to operate it. Ukraine is granting forces Ukrainian nationality and making them part of the Ukrainian military. Putin has torn up the rule book and the West is still looking at the contents page. Now the Ukraine has invited an International Brigade the West should equip it air, sea and land. We can not sit back and let Putin continue this travesty. Attacking Crimea from the South with such forces would divide the Russian military capability.

Nostradamus
2022-02-27 09:20:51

America needs to step up. America and the Middle East need to supply Europe with gas and the EU turn off the tap on the Russian gas industry: otherwise we are imposing sanctions on one hand and pouring cash into Putin's war chest with the other.

David Hughes
2022-02-27 12:44:04

Talks cheap !!!

Marie Compton
2022-02-27 14:52:02

I agree with Nostradamus. For too long the West has cut defence expenditure. This must stop now and be reversed. Countries such as Germany and others have not been fulfilling their contributions to NATO. They need to pay up everything owed. We need to whine ourselves off Russian gas and oil and cheap Chinese goods. The West has grown smug and complacent. The price of freedom has to be paid for; if not in cash, it will be on blood. NATO is our best shield.

Marie Compton
2022-02-27 15:26:34

Cutting Russia from SWIFT and more importantly, freezing their foreign reserves denies their ability to bolster the Roble which is collapsing. Cut off from imports and a ban on their exports, this will quickly lead to hyper-inflation and strangle their economy. Russia will be on its knees and hopefully they will depose the tyrant Putin.

Neil Warner-Baker
2022-02-28 11:45:11

I agree with Marie Comptons last comment. But we should go further, the West is still trading Oil with Russia, this should be stopped immediately. Whilst Ukrainian citizen s sacrifice themselves...so should we..by only making essential car journeys in support of these sanctions and tumble the Rouble further!

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