Tremendous outburst of support for the people of Ukraine

Estepona’s Orchid Park was one of many illuminated buildings Credit: Estepona Council

THERE has been a tremendous outburst of support for the people of Ukraine across the Costa del Sol.

Many Councils from Gibraltar to Malaga Capital and inland illuminated points of interest with the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag as a show of support.

Ukrainians living in different municipalities were quick to hit the streets waving their country’s flags and generating a great deal of sympathy from passers-by.

Charities both large and small as well as individuals made appeals to obtain material ranging from food to blankets and baby supplies and various councils set up collection points in order to ensure that donations could be handed over easily.

Following the lead from the UK, Gibraltar has banned Russian ships from entering its waters and private aircraft from landing at the airport whilst the Government there publicly condemned Russia and even offered free post to allow residents to write to relatives in Ukraine.

Some larger municipalities are making accommodation available for those who are stranded in Spain and even some individuals have offered to give up rooms for them.

The Junta de Andalucia has announced that it will make available 100 supported conventional hospitalisation beds as well as eight Intensive Care Unit beds in Granada in case it is necessary to give shelter and care for patients to meet the demands generated by the war.

Whilst understanding that there is a significant Russian expatriate population resident in the Costa del Sol and not blaming them personally for the decisions of the Russian Government, the majority of people here want to see a speedy resolution to the invasion and generally appear to side with Ukraine.

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