'The war is still raging': East Devon marks Ukrainian anniversaries
By Kate Baxter
24th Aug 2023 | Local News
Today (24 August) marks 18 months since Russia's invasion of Ukraine began, as well as Ukraine's 32nd Independence Day.
East Devon will join with people from across the world in marking the two occasions as homes are still needed for families fleeing the conflict.
The Ukrainian flag will fly outside Blackdown House, the East Devon District Council (EDDC) Headquarters in Honiton, and the Homes for Ukraine team will host an event in Cranbrook with Ukrainian food, workshops and activities.
Councillor Paul Arnott, leader of the council, said: "Many people have recognised the trauma suffered over the last eighteen months by the Ukrainians, and have kindly reached out to them at their time of crisis and given them a home.
"I am aware from friends who have stepped up to do this that guests and hosts alike have benefited greatly. Sadly this war is still raging and It would be wonderful if more kind people could come forward now."
More than 300 East Devon guests have been looked after by hosts in East Devon, but, as the conflict is ongoing, more homes are needed.
35 families have moved into private rented accommodation with the help of Homes for Ukraine.
East Devon residents with a spare room of any kind are asked to come forward. The length of the stay can be short or long-term.
A host family in Sidmouth said: "It's been a pleasure hosting our family, we feel we have additional grandchildren and will miss them when they move to their new home"
You can find out more information about how you can help here.