Hannover is standing in solidarity with people of Ukraine


Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, millions of Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes and seek shelter in numerous European cities. Some of them have also found new homes in the German city of Hannover, in the state of Lower Saxony. 

Mayor of Hannover Belit Onay stated on social media: “No to war and violence! The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine and the associated war crimes against the civilian population are unimaginable humanitarian catastrophe”.

“As Lord Mayor of the state capital, it is a matter of great concern to me to provide concrete help for the refugees in Hanover in the form of safe accommodation, food, etc,” he continued.

He also met the Ukrainian refugee Valentina Urtan in the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) and signed the Ukrainian flag, leaving a message of support for the people of Ukraine.

Urtan, who is from the Kyiv suburb of Borodyanka, was forced to leave her home country and is now residing with a family in Langenhagen.

“As a sign of solidarity, I signed her Ukrainian flag during a visit to the New Town Hall, which she would like to give to the people there when she returns to Ukraine. I wish her and all Ukrainians much strength in this difficult time. We stand by the side of the courageous people in Ukraine,” Mayor Onay stated. (photo credit: Anastasiia Krutota/Unsplash)