The UK government has announced a moment of silence to honour Ukraine and demonstrate Britain’s “solidarity” with the war effort against Russia.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government has announced a “national moment” of silence on February 24th, a move reminiscent of the “clap for carers” initiative during the Chinese coronavirus crisis and even the annual Armistice Day commemoration remembering the huge sacrifice of the British and Empire in two world wars. The period of silence marked the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to the government, the moment of silence will provide the public with an opportunity to “pay tribute to the courage of the Ukrainian people and demonstrate the UK’s unwavering solidarity with the country.”
“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,” Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said.
“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 the UK public has demonstrated their true generosity of spirit and their enduring belief in freedom throughout this past year.”
“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,” Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer said.
“This moment of silence is an opportunity to reflect on the human cost of this conflict and demonstrate our solidarity with Ukraine.”