My thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people who have shown true bravery, patriotism and unity in the face of Putin's unprovoked attack. I was honoured to sign the Book of Solidarity for Ukraine on the behalf of people in Old Bexley & Sidcup who stand united in support of Ukraine.
I believe we have a moral duty to support Ukranians and I therefore welcome the further steps the UK are taking to support Ukraine in the form of humanitarian support, military support and sanctions. I am pleased that the Prime Minister has said that nothing is off the table when it comes to the UK's support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and indeed the desire of its people to live in peace, democracy and free from foreign bullying and I will fully support any further sanctions and support.
I have been busy helping local families with relatives fleeing Ukraine and if any constituents require assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will ensure to raise any cases of concern directly with officials. I would also advise immediate family members of British nationals in Ukraine wishing to apply for a family migration visa to call +44 (0) 300 3032785 for assistance.
I have been moved by all of the heartfelt offers of support constituents have offered to Ukraine and would advise constituents to donate to a recognised organisation, particularly organisations that are working in the region.
The UK Government will match public donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal up to £25 million.
The Ukrainian Embassy to the UK has set up a special fund to provide humanitarian assistance to Ukraine’s civilian population and to purchase medical and military supplies for Ukraine’s army via www.withukraine.org
Alternatively, constituents may wish to donate to the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Refugee Agency, The Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal, Ukraine Humanitarian Fund UN Crisis Relief, Unicef or CARE International UK