UK Government to Observe a ‘Moment of Silence’ to Honour Ukraine

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UK Government to Observe a ‘Moment of Silence’ to Honour Ukraine

The UK government has announced plans to observe a ‘moment of silence’ to commemorate the ‘bravery’ of the Ukrainian people and demonstrate Britain’s support for the country’s fight against Russia.

On February 24th, a “national moment” of silence will mark the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The move is similar to the “clap for the NHS,” which celebrated healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and the annual Armistice Day commemoration.

The UK government said the silence would offer the public a chance to pay tribute to the courage and show the country’s unwavering solidarity with Ukraine.

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said that the silence is a time to reflect on the human cost of the conflict and show support for Ukraine.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “As we approach the anniversary of Russia’s barbaric and deplorable invasion of Ukraine, as a nation we pay tribute to the incredible bravery and resilience of the Ukrainian people.

“Russia’s unjustifiable attack brought war and destruction to our continent once again, and it has forced millions from their homes and devastated families across Ukraine and Russia.

“I am incredibly proud of the UK’s response, and throughout this past year, the UK public have shown their true generosity of spirit and their enduring belief in freedom.”

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said: “One year on from Putin’s illegal invasion, we stand in solidarity with our friends in Ukraine and remember all those who have lost their lives in the pursuit of freedom.

“This moment of silence is a time to reflect on the human cost of this conflict and show we stand with Ukraine.”

The announcement follows a recent trip to England by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which he addressed the Parliament in Westminster Hall and visited the county of Dorset to inspect the training of Ukrainian armed forces by the British military.

Zelensky and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed the London Declaration, reaffirming the UK’s support for Ukraine’s joining the American-led NATO military alliance.

The UK’s support for Ukraine includes economic, humanitarian, and military aid, with some £4 billion in British taxpayer money sent since last February’s invasion.

The government is also reviewing the possibility of sending long-range missiles and warplanes to the war zone.

The UK has taken in 114,400 Ukrainian refugees, housing them and providing other benefits at taxpayer expense.

READ MORE: Russia’s Former Richest Man Warns the West: ‘World War Three is Inevitable’

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