As we see Ukrainian resistance defend their homes against Putin’s aggression, I wanted to share a way in which we can offer our support to the Ukrainian people.
Sadly, many Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes, with refugees heading towards safety in Poland. Ipswich resident Magda Chambers is from a Polish village, which is taking in Ukrainian refugees, mainly children. The support from locals in their village is warming and absolutely vital. These people have lost so much, and our hearts go out to them.
There is a strong historical connection between Ukraine and Poland. The countries are not just geographical neighbours, but have shared experience of Russian aggression. As satellite states under the USSR, and victims of Soviet brutality throughout the 20th century, Ukraine and Poland have a collective memory of Russian aggression.
I will be supporting Magda’s fundraising efforts over the weekend in Ipswich, and would urge others to contribute however they can to this vitally important humanitarian effort.