Ukrainian flag flying over Dorset on second anniversary of invasion

THE Ukrainian flag will fly high in Dorset today (February 24) – marking two years since the beginning of the Russian invasion.

The flag is set to be raised at County Hall, in Dorchester, to mark the second anniversary of the invasion.

More than 1,000 Ukrainians have settled across Dorset since Vladimir Putin’s forces began the war, forcing thousands to flee their homeland.

Cllr Laura Beddow, portfolio holder for culture, communities and customer services, said: “As we mark the second anniversary of this conflict, we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine and reaffirm our commitment to those fleeing the conflict in their homeland, as we do every day.

“Dorset has a proud history of welcoming new arrivals at times of crisis, offering homes and support to people escaping the horrors of war.

“The Homes for Ukraine scheme, which is being administered by Dorset Council alongside other organisations, continues to see local residents giving accommodation to families from the war-torn country and we want to add our sincere thanks and tribute to communities who have opened their hearts and homes.

“We also want to thank local voluntary and community organisations we work with to ensure refugees arriving from Ukraine are welcomed and receive the support they need.”

The council is still seeking people to provide homes for Ukrainians fleeing the war – or those already here who need new accommodation.

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