Milton Keynes Council will receive a motion in support of the people of Ukraine which highlights how the Council will do all it can to support Ukrainian people during the crisis.
The motion will be moved by the Leader of the Council at the next meeting of Full Council on 9 March and is expected to receive cross party support. The Ukrainian flag is currently flying alongside the Union flag outside The Civic, where the meeting will take place.
The motion outlines the Council’s shock and sadness over Russia’s hostile and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, and also:
- Welcomes the sanctions placed on Russia by the Government, calling for further sanctions on oligarchs and individuals who benefit from the patronage of the Russian leadership.
- Calls on the Council’s Finance Director to ensure that the Council divests any financial interest it may hold in Russian companies and investments.
- Requests the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Local Government Pension Fund divests any similar interests, particularly in gas, oil, and energy.
- Affirms the Council’s commitment to provide any reasonable help and support to all Ukrainian nationals living in Milton Keynes.
Cllr Pete Marland, Council Leader and Leader of the Labour Group, said:
“Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, who are currently living in fear because of Putin’s cruel, horrendous and unjust invasion of the country. We stand with Ukrainians in their fight to maintain democracy and self-determination and will support them in whatever way we can.”
Cllr Robin Bradburn, Deputy Council Leader and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group said:
“Putin’s oppressive and corrupt regime is a threat to democracy, and it must be stopped. The Council will do all it can to ensure that no pathway is left available for opaque Russian financial investment and push the Government to enforce even tougher sanctions. We expect all Councillors will come together, cross-party, to support this motion and show that we stand united in support of Ukraine.”
Cllr Alex Walker, Leader of the Conservative Group said:
“This is an unprovoked and horrific attack by Putin on the people of Ukraine, who are enduring unimaginable hardships. Ukraine must remain a self-governing and independent nation and we will do everything in our power in support of that goal.”
A number of UK charities have launched appeals to fund humanitarian work in Ukraine. You can make a donation at:
- The UN https://crisisrelief.un.org/ukraine-crisis
- Unicef https://www.unicef.org.uk/
- The Red Cross https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal