York stands with Ukraine

York’s leaders have extended their support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine, following the start of the illegal and horrendous attack on the country.


Back in November 2021 Council Leader and Lord Mayor welcomed the Mayor of Lviv Andriy Sadovyi and colleagues to York to discuss our shared cultural, economic and local government links.


In a sign of solidarity, York’s Mansion House will be lit up in the colours of the Ukrainian flag later tonight (24th February). The Lord Mayor has also requested for the Ukrainian flag to be flown from the Mansion House.



Council Leader Keith Aspden commented:


“We stand with our Ukrainian friends at this dark and dangerous time. We are proud of our links with the city of Lviv and Ukraine and extend our support and solidarity as the people of Ukraine face this horrendous attack.


“I know that York’s residents will be keeping Ukraine in their thoughts, and we have reached out to our friends from Lviv to pass on our city’s support and solidarity.”



The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of York The Reverend Councillor Chris Cullwick added:


“As news of this horrendous conflict emerges, we are keeping the people of Ukraine in our thoughts and prayers. As a small sign of our support, the Mansion House will be proudly displaying the colours of the Ukrainian flag.


“During Mayor Sadovyi’s visit to York only a few months ago, we had the chance to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing our two cities. Our links with Lviv and Ukraine are strong and we are standing with our friends now.”

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