Dorset Council will be marking the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine this weekend.

On Saturday, February 24 the council will be raising the Ukrainian flag at County Hall in Dorchester to show solidarity with Ukrainians who have settled in the county.

More than 1,000 Ukrainians now live in Dorset since Vladimir Putin’s forces began the war, which has forced thousands to flee their homeland.

Cllr Laura Beddow, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for culture, communities and customer services, said: “As we mark the second anniversary of this conflict, we continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine and reaffirm our commitment to those fleeing the conflict in their homeland, as we do every day.

“Dorset has a proud history of welcoming new arrivals at times of crisis, offering homes and support to people escaping the horrors of war.

“The Homes for Ukraine scheme, which is being administered by Dorset Council alongside other organisations, continues to see local residents giving accommodation to families from the war-torn country and we want to add our sincere thanks and tribute to communities who have opened their hearts and homes.

“We also want to thank local voluntary and community organisations we work with to ensure refugees arriving from Ukraine are welcomed and receive the support they need.”

Cllr Val Pothecary, chairman of Dorset Council added: “Saturday, February 24 will mark two years since the war against Ukraine began.

"We will raise the Ukrainian flag to send a clear message of support, especially to those Ukrainians who have chosen to make our county their home in the past year.”

As the war continues, Ukrainians still need a place of safety and the council is looking for more hosts and landlords in Dorset to help Ukrainians already in the area who need to move on from their initial sponsorship arrangement.

The Dorset Together Ukraine network includes Dorset Council, NHS, Public Health Dorset, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), the emergency services, faith groups, Skills and Learning Dorset, Volunteer Centre Dorset, Dorset Race Equality Council, Help and Kindness, Citizens Advice and other local groups.

There will also be other events held across the county by many local groups in the community to mark the anniversary event.

These groups also provide a wide range of support and activities for hosts and guests in many towns and villages.

For those who need support with continuing to host refugees of for those interested in taking in people and would like to find out more contact

To find a local group or event in your area visit