Statement from Brighton & Hove City Council Group Leaders on Russian invasion of Ukraine

We strongly condemn the unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine by Russia.

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this action.

It’s difficult at this stage to predict exactly what may or may not unfold over the coming period and how this may impact on the UK and our communities across the city, particularly residents who will have families directly impacted by this invasion. 

In the days and weeks ahead, we know that people will have concerns about the impact of this on security, human rights and energy supply and costs, and we will do all we can to gather, provide information and support to residents. 

The council leadership will be hoping and striving for peace, and will be working closely with key agencies at national, regional, and local level to keep matters under close review to ensure we can respond as best we can to any implications arising for the city.  

The Prime Minister has given assurances that Britain will receive those who are fleeing in fear of persecution' from Ukraine, and as a City of Sanctuary we stand ready to offer our support.

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and Convenor of the Green Group
Councillor Carmen Appich and Councillor John Allcock, co-Leaders of the Labour Group
Councillor Steve Bell, Leader of the Conservative Group