There has been an outpouring of support from residents in Wolverhampton who want to respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine following the invasion by Russian forces last month.

A number of local organisations are collecting physical donations to transport to Poland for onward distribution, but some are reporting difficulties in arranging transportation to get the items over to Eastern Europe quickly.

Therefore, people who wish to provide support to the Ukrainian people are being encouraged to make a financial donation via the Disasters Emergency Committee, via Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

It predicts 18 million people will be affected by the escalating conflict in Ukraine in one way or another, while 4 million will be displaced as the fighting continues. Already, at least 2 million refugees have fled their homes to escape the conflict.

Tim Johnson, the Chief Executive of the City of Wolverhampton Council, said: “Our city stands with and expresses our support for the people of Ukraine, and the Ukrainian community in Wolverhampton, following the illegal invasion of their country. 

"People will want to support, and are already supporting, the many appeals that are underway in response to a humanitarian crisis which, tragically, is only going to get worse in the weeks and months ahead.

"If you are looking to make a donation, the best way that you can do so is directly via the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. It is working on the ground in Eastern Europe and is well placed to make sure that any financial aid you give is utilised immediately on the frontlines.

"The charity Comic Relief has also said that a share of the money it raises this year will go towards funding organisations which are supporting people in Ukraine, so by supporting Red Nose Day on Friday 18 March, you will also be playing your part."