Swansea and Neath Port Talbot Councils have both issued strongly worded statements condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Swansea Council have tabled an emergency notice of motion, agreed by the leaders of all its political groups, to be submitted at its next full council session on Thursday 3 March.
The motion says: “We deplore the unacceptable aggression that President Putin has taken against the people of Ukraine, bringing war once more to the continent of Europe
“We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
“Swansea is known for being a city of sanctuary and as such we stand ready to support any people who are displaced following the terrible actions taken by the president of Russia by invading a sovereign state.
“His actions do not respect the rule of international law or the United Nations and are rightly being condemned by democratic nations across the world.
“We will support all efforts to secure a peaceful and diplomatic solution, and for conflict and loss of life to be avoided.”
A spokesman for Swansea Council added: “Tonight and in the coming days we will be lighting up the Guildhall in blue and yellow, the national colours of the country of Ukraine, in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”
Neath Port Talbot Council have also condemned the invasion of Ukraine.
In a written statement, the council said: “On behalf of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council we condemn in the strongest possible terms the actions of Vladimir Putin and the Russian Government and express our dismay at the disregard for human life, national sovereignty and the international rule of law.
“This council stands with the people of Ukraine and their friends and relatives living in Neath Port Talbot and we are ready to play our part in helping those who may be displaced from their homes.
“We express our unity and support for the democratically elected government and the people of Ukraine and call on the UK Government and our NATO allies to offer the maximum support, humanitarian aid, and military support for the Ukraine people.”
(Lead image: Swansea Council)
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