Today crowds are gathered to march and take part in a vigil in London to stand with Ukraine one month after the invasion by the Russian government. The event was organised by the Mayor of London in partnership with European Movement UK.
Londoners, tourists and many who travelled from other parts of the UK joined together to show their support for the Ukrainian people and their commitment to peace and unity.
Anna Bird, CEO of European Movement UK said:
“”The European Movement believes now, more than ever, that it’s time to unite across parties, organisations, faiths, beliefs and backgrounds to condemn this act of Putin’s aggression. Our duty is rooted in a belief that a closer, more united and peaceful Europe is in all of our interests. So, I hope you will join us in condemning Putin, expressing solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and participating in a march that is both sadly historic but deeply necessary. I truly think that is the least we can do.”
The speakers included The Mayor of London, Anna Bird, CEO of European Movement UK, the Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK Vadym Prystaiko, the director of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain Hanya Dezyk, the director of the Ukrainian Institute Oleysa Khromeychuk, and chair of London Councils Georgia Gould.
You can read Anna’s speech here.
Barbara Callender, from Wandsworth and Merton European Movement said:
“Today I am marching for peace in Ukraine, for an end to the slaughter of civilians and for the restoration of the country’s sovereignty.”
Magdalena Williams who couldn’t join today said:
“I will be there in spirit. I am in Spain trying to help local aid groups. Wave that flag in my name too!!
Long live Europe!”
Peter Benson, who is Irish and travelled from Kent today said:
“We must send a message to Putin and the word that we stand with Ukraine. For me it’s also a message to our government who have been too slow in responding to the refugees who need sanctuary and support They must do more and faster. It’s easy to send arms but clearly very difficult to admit women and children who desperately need our help. Too many obstacles have been put. I am so proud of my own country Ireland who has always welcomed refugees and to date has welcomed over 10,000 with many thousands more expected in the coming days and weeks. “