Prime Minister Boris Johnson is showing his solidarity with the people of Ukraine today by celebrating their Independence Day with a Ukrainian Flower Arch displayed on the door of No 10.
Today, 24 August is Ukraine’s Independence Day and this year marks 31 years since Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union and six months since the country was invaded by Russia.
“We will never recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea or any other Ukrainian territory,” the Prime Minister said in a video address to an international summit on the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized in 2014.
“In the face of Putin’s assault we must continue to give our Ukrainian friends all the military, humanitarian, economic and diplomatic support that they need” Boris said.
The Prime Minister has been steadfast in his support for Ukraine since the invasion began pledging 2.3 billion pounds of military aid to Ukraine, including armoured vehicles and anti-tank missiles. He has also dispatched economic support, guaranteeing millions in World Bank loans for the country.
People across the country will also be showing their solidarity with Ukraine through the #SunflowersForUkraine social campaign today.
With the sunflower being the national flower for Ukraine, the nation-wide campaign aims to encourage people to show their solidarity with Ukraine through growing, crafting and sharing pictures of sunflowers for Ukrainian Independence Day.