Residents of Perth and Kinross are being asked to show their support for Ukraine at a special rally in Perth on Friday evening, to mark the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the country.
Since the invasion tens of thousands of people have lost their lives with millions of Ukrainians fleeing their homes, many of whom have found shelter in Highland Perthshire and across Perth and Kinross.
Perth and Kinross Council leader Councillor Grant Laing said: “Since the invasion of Ukraine, the people of Perth and Kinross have been unstinting in their support for Ukraine and the Ukrainians who have made their way here.
“I am sure there will be a big turnout on Friday to show our continued solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”
The event will take place at St Paul’s Square on Friday 24th of February at 5:30pm.
Councillor Steven Carr, who founded the Dnipro Kids charity, which has rescued children from orphanages in Dnipro, returned to Ukraine in January and said missile attacks are a daily occurrence in Dnipro: “People living in Ukraine are showing tremendous courage and resilience in the face of Russian’s illegal invasion,”
“Showing our support matters – not only in letting Ukrainians over here know they have not been forgotten – but also to demonstrate the international community opposes Vladimir Putin and the Russian invasion.”
The entire country are also asked to mark the anniversary with a minutes silence at 11am, which will be led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.