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One year of war in Ukraine: City of Bonn takes stock

Three suitcases are sitting in front of a tent. They contain the only belongings that the young mother and daughter could take with them. At least the girl was able to bring her dog, and the three of them have just arrived in Bonn. For almost two days they had been traveling by train - fleeing the war in their Ukrainian homeland...

This is only one fate among many. Just like the mother and daughter arriving at the temporary first port of call in Bonn city center one evening in early March 2022, some 4,900 people have been seeking shelter in Bonn since Russia's attack on Ukraine on February 24, 2022. They have found accommodation with families, friends or relatives here in Bonn, with helpful local residents or in municipal shelters. One year after the start of the war, around 3,800 people from Ukraine are living in Bonn. The city administration has accommodated 1,700 of them.

Mayor thanks Bonn's urban community

"Our sympathy is still with the people in Ukraine. The Russian war of aggression has brought death, devastation and suffering to Europe, and its consequences are felt worldwide," says Bonn's Mayor Katja Dörner. At the same time, she is proud of the solidarity in Bonn. "Once again our citizens are showing their great willingness to help so that the people seeking refuge with us will be as comfortable as possible. The city society has taken on this challenge from the very beginning and mastered it very well," Mayor Dörner continued. "The refugees are provided with accommodation. They are cared for and looked after, children and young people have been admitted to our daycare centers and schools. Integration institutions, associations, church congregations and numerous volunteers are working together with the city administration to help the refugees. My heartfelt thanks go to all of them!"

Solidarity partnership with Kherson

In order to help the people of Ukraine, the Council of the City of Bonn unanimously decided in its meeting in early February 2023 to establish a solidarity partnership with the city of Kherson. With this decision, the Council has responded to a request from the city administration of Kherson, which has approached the city of Bonn seeking help. "We are now in the process of building a network of supporters, and I very much hope that many citizens will join us in supporting this solidarity partnership," says Mayor Dörner. The focus will be on humanitarian support for the people of Kherson and assistance in rebuilding municipal administrative structures.

Solidarity rally on the anniversary

On the anniversary of the Russian attack on Ukraine, a solidarity event with a minute's silence will be held on Bonn’s Market Square in front of the Old Town Hall on Friday, February 24, 2023, at 6 p.m. In addition to a greeting by Mayor Katja Dörner, Vice Consul Maksym Onischenko from the Ukrainian Consulate General in Düsseldorf will speak. Further greetings will come, amongst others, from Members of the European and the German Parliament, Ukraine-Hilfe Bonn, Ukraine Bonn informiert and the University of Bonn, musical contributions from the Trio Ukraina and a Ukrainian children's choir. "I would like to thank all the parties and initiatives that have called for and will participate in this rally," says the Mayor.