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The chair's address on Ukraine – Full Council

15 March 2022

The chair of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cllr Stephen Ferguson, gave an address to Full Council earlier today, which was unanimously supported.

"Like most of the world, Cambridgeshire watched in horror as Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in the early hours of 24th February.

As a council we condemn this assault on Ukraine and the devastating impact on the way of life of ordinary Ukrainian people.

The Russian military is even as we speak, using tanks, aircraft and artillery to target major Ukrainian cities and population centres, some of which are now under occupation. Despite assurances that civilians would not be targeted, many - including children and vulnerable older people - have already lost their lives and it is estimated that more than 2.6 million people have fled to seek safety elsewhere.

There are many Ukrainians or people with Ukrainian heritage here in the United Kingdom, including those who live in Cambridgeshire, as well as from, or with connections to nearby Baltic States and Russia too, who have been profoundly affected by this war. As such, there is justifiable fear in our communities and from our own councillors and staff about the safety of family and friends in Ukraine and in neighbouring areas.

The United Kingdom is Ukraine’s strategic partner and long-standing friend. In Cambridgeshire, we have a long and honourable history in supporting people fleeing conflict, and we are poised to do so again, as we have already done for those families most recently fleeing the restrictive regime in Afghanistan.

We in Cambridgeshire support the actions of the UK, EU and wider international community in backing Ukraine's democratically elected government against this unprovoked invasion."

Councillor Stephen Ferguson, chair, Cambridgeshire County Council