North Yorkshire stands up for Ukraine

This story was published 2 March 2022

North Yorkshire has pledged to do everything possible to support the people of Ukraine in their fight against the Russian invasion and citizens forced to flee advancing forces.

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We are currently going through all investments, contracts and procurement arrangements to ensure we are not trading with Russian companies and will take immediate action to end contracts if necessary.

“We stand ready to do whatever is necessary to help Ukrainians in this war and to cut any ties we may have with Russia,” said County Councillor Carl Les, North Yorkshire’s Leader. “We do not believe we have such contracts, but we are going through our procurement records with a fine toothcomb.

“The Russian people are not our enemy nor are all their businesses, but they must be made to realise the damage that their leader, and his self-serving regime, is inflicting foremost on the independent sovereign state of Ukraine, but also on the world and on themselves. They have the ability to stop this illegal aggression.

“We are also ready in North Yorkshire to provide welcome for people from Ukraine, as we have done for Syrian and Afghan refugees, and await details of the arrangements from the UK Government to do whatever is needed.”

We also stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukrainians living in North Yorkshire and with all residents and staff with friends and family living in Ukraine. “We will be working with all our partners across the region and nationally in the most effective way we can to support our people who are affected by this unprovoked Russian aggression and the atrocities we are currently witnessing,” said Cllr Les.

“We are also encouraging individuals to support the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal. They are seeking cash because it a much more efficient, effective and quicker way to get help from the UK.”

See more information about how you can help to support people from the Ukraine.

Update: 14 March 2022

The government has launched ‘Homes for Ukraine’ and invited individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians forced to escape their homeland.

UK based sponsors will be asked to provide accommodation for at least six months. Ukrainian people arriving under the scheme will be able to live and work in the UK for up to three years and access healthcare, benefits, education, and English language tuition.

People and organisations who want to help are asked to register their interest on the government website.