County Hall in Maidstone is illuminated in the colours of the Ukrainian Flag Photo: KCC

Kent County Council (KCC) is stood in solidarity with Ukraine on the first anniversary of the Russian invasion on Friday 24 February.

KCC Chair, Lesley Game lead the minute silence on behalf of the council at 11am.

This moment of reflection took place simultaneously across the UK in remembrance of those who have lost their lives and in tribute to the resolute courage of those who continue their brave fight for Ukraine.

Thanks to the huge generosity of UK residents who signed up to the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, Kent is proud to continue to host more Ukrainian refugees than any other county in the UK.

Since March 2022, 3207 Ukrainians fleeing the conflict have been able to find safety in our county and make Kent their temporary home with 892 still on their way.

Now, almost a year since the national sponsorship scheme launched, there are still 891 sponsors providing temporary homes in Kent to their Ukrainian guests. Throughout the county over 520 guests have successfully made the move from their temporary hosting arrangements into longer term private rental accommodation.

By Ed

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