For ways to help Ukraine, see Lena Mandrik’s column in the Yorkshire Post, Now Then’s listing of collection points in Sheffield, join the Stand With Ukraine Sheffield Facebook group, or donate to the Red Cross Ukraine Crisis appeal.

Douglas Johnson, leader of Sheffield Green Party, alongside Councillors Terry Fox, leader of the council, and Shaffaq Mohammed, leader of Liberal Democrats, issued a joint statement following the invasion of Ukraine

“We have all been deeply troubled by what is happening in Ukraine and our hearts are breaking for the people who are having to flee to safety, say goodbye to their loved ones and face a future that they could never have imagined.

Sheffield Town Hall was lit up in Blue and Yellow in solidarity with Ukraine

“For many years Sheffield has been twinned with the city of Donetsk in Ukraine and we have a well established Ukrainian community in our city. We stand with them and against the bullying tactics of the Russian State and the unimaginable military aggression that Ukraine is now facing.

“We also stand with the many Russians who have made our city their home and those in Russia who are standing up for what is right and making their voices heard against their own Government.

“Sheffield is a city of sanctuary, we are proud of that fact and our city is open to those who need a safe place in their time of need. We call on our world leaders to do all that they can to ensure we all live in peace and we look forward to living in a more tolerant and respectful world.

“The Town Hall will be lit in the colours of Ukraine this evening, this gesture is to show our support and to show the people of Ukraine that here in Sheffield we will do all we can to be a light in the darkness.”