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Statement on Ukraine by Sefton Council Leader, Cllr Ian Maher

Sefton Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher has expressed “shock and dismay ” at President Putin’s actions in Ukraine, and his support for “Ukrainians and Russians everywhere who oppose the war”.

In a statement Cllr Maher said:

“President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine is an act of unjustified aggression which has shocked and dismayed those of us across the world who cherish democracy peace and freedom.

“I want to express Sefton‘s support for Ukraine and its people. I also want to send our thoughts to those who have been forced from their homes and to those people of all nation nationalities who are victims of Mr Putin‘s war or who find themselves reluctantly fighting it.

“I can assure Ukrainians and Russians everywhere who oppose the war, including those who live in Sefton, that we will support them and all the efforts being made to show Mr Putin that there will be no winners in this war.”

Plans are underway to fly the Ukrainian flag at Bootle Town Hall and at Southport Town Hall.