Ukrainian motion at Full Council

Today councillors unanimously reinforced their commitment for the people of Ukraine; to support Ukrainian nationals living in the county, to extend their thoughts and prayers to the county’s Ukrainian community and to pay tribute to the incredible generosity of Gloucestershire people in response to the humanitarian crisis.

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This council:

  • Wholeheartedly condemns the barbaric and illegal invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. As a democratic chamber, we are appalled by what we have seen unfold over recent weeks and we support the Ukrainian people in their fight to maintain democracy and self-determination as a nation.
  • We applaud countries across the world who have come out to condemn the Russian regime and President Putin’s leadership.
  • Welcomes the sanctions placed on Russia by the Government of the United Kingdom and other nations to target those Russian individuals responsible for the aggression and the organisations which benefit from, and fund, the corrupt and oppressive Russian regime.
  • Approves of the decision by our Pension Committee to prohibit new investments in Russian assets and to disinvest from all Russian-controlled and Russian-owned assets.
  • Recognises the need for wrap-around support mobilising services such as adult social care, children’s services, education, public health and mental health services.

We also note that as of 8 March 2022, over 2 million people have fled Ukraine – a figure which will only increase further – and that Gloucestershire has a proud record of welcoming refugees.

This council therefore agrees and affirms:

  • We stand with Ukraine and offer our full support for the people and their government in the face of unprovoked aggression.
  • To provide any reasonable help and support to all Ukrainian nationals living in Gloucestershire and recognise the generosity of the public in offering homes to refugees.
  • To work with District colleagues and GARAS to provide support for all refugees who arrive in Gloucestershire to help ensure that accommodation is appropriate, safe and sustainable.

Finally, this council extends its thoughts and prayers to members of the Gloucestershire Ukrainian community and pays tribute to the incredible generosity the people of Gloucestershire have shown in their personal efforts to support the humanitarian response to this crisis.

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