Rīga approves 500,000 euro assistance to Ukraine

In order to provide assistance to Ukraine and its people affected by the military aggression of the Russian Federation, Rīga City Council decided on Thursday, February 24, to provide up to 500,000 euros in funding from its reserve fund, the municipality has announced.

Assistance to Ukraine and its people will be provided in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ukrainian authorities.

The council also decided to instruct the Department of Education, Culture and Sports, in cooperation with cultural organizations, to organize events in support of Ukraine.

"Today, we are clearly showing our support and solidarity with Ukraine. Not only in words, but with real and practical action, the Latvian capital is showing what its people believe in," said Deputy MayorEdvards Smiltēns (Association of Latvian Regions).

The Riga City Council also adopted a declaration categorically condemning the aggression of the Russian Federation in attacking Ukraine, as well as expressing solidarity with the Ukrainian people and unwavering support for Ukraine's freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Mayor Mārtiņš Staķis (For!/Progressives) warned that Russia would try to divide Latvian society via lies and misinformation, attempting to polarize Latvians and Russians.

"I am convinced that we all want to live in a safe Riga, a safe Latvia, a safe Europe. Therefore, I call on all Rigans not to look for people to blame, but to get involved and work together so that we do everything possible to support Ukraine," Staķis said.

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