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Giffey: Solidarity with Ukraine deeply rooted in the population

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Exactly one year after the start of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey recalled the suffering of the people there and the countless victims.

"Ukrainians are being murdered, die in battle, have to flee, their homeland is being senselessly destroyed," said the SPD politician on Friday. At the same time, she referred to the great willingness of Berliners to help, not least in taking in and caring for war refugees.

Solidarity "firmly anchored within the population"

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who are helping to alleviate the plight of the people with their commitment and wealth of ideas," said Giffey. "Donations are being collected, people are actively helping out in the shelters, rooms are being made available or support is being given in learning German." Entire trains full of donations had left Berlin for Ukraine. "I was and am overwhelmed by the great solidarity of the Berlin population," Giffey added. "I am very touched that this solidarity is still tangible and firmly anchored in the population today."

Author: dpa/
Publication date: 24 February 2023
Last updated: 24 February 2023

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