Yesterday, the residents of Kitchener, together with citizens in other cities around the world were shocked with the unprovoked attacks of Russia on the cities, communities and citizens of Ukraine. Since then, we have been devastated by the senseless images of the brutal actions of the Russian army, against the Ukrainian people.

Today, the City of Kitchener stands unequivocally in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and joins the Government of Canada and the broader international community in condemning Russia’s launch of military attacks on cities and regions throughout Ukraine, and their attacks against the Ukrainian people. These actions are a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, a breach of international law, and a violation of the Charter of the United Nations.  The conflict in Ukraine requires immediate de-escalation and diplomacy, both of which are Russia’s to choose, and together with the call of Mayors from around the world, we call on Russia to immediately withdraw all military, paramilitary and proxy forces from Ukraine.

As a community and an organization, our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, Ukrainian-Canadians, and with those who have family, friends and loved ones living and working in Ukraine. The City of Kitchener joins the Government of Canada, municipal governments across the globe and the broader international community in our collective support of the Ukrainian people.

To demonstrate our solidarity with Ukraine, later today, the City of Kitchener will be raising the Ukrainian flag at the community flagpole at Kitchener City Hall.


For more information, please contact: 

Paul Grivicic, Chief of Staff

City of Kitchener


Bethany Rowland, Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing

City of Kitchener