Queen Elizabeth shows support for Ukraine, makes donations to aid victims

Before Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Princess Diana met with Ukrainian leaders in London.

Amid the deepening crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the British queen has come out in support for the victims. According to People, Queen Elizabeth II has recently donated £2 million ($2.8 million) to the DEC UK appeal to help civilians affected in Ukraine by Russian military operations. The update about Queen Elizabeth II’s donation was shared on the DEC’s Twitter account. “Many thanks to Queen Elizabeth II for continuing to support the DEC and for making a generous contribution to the DEC Ukraine Humanit­arian Appeal,” the organization said on its Twitter account.

Before Elizabeth, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cambridge met with Ukrainians in London. They had an emotional meeting. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia escalated after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared an invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Since then, thousands of Ukrainian civilians and soldiers have died.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has received a letter from Queen Elizabeth II in which she expressed her “deep concern” at the situation in his country and offered help. The queen also made a personal donation of £10m ($15.5m) to charities helping those affected by the crisis. In a statement released on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen is deeply concerned about the continuing political turmoil in Ukraine and the humanitarian suffering that this causes.” She added that she had written to Mr Yanukovych expressing her “strong support for the people of Ukraine”. The monarch’s offer comes after it emerged last week that Mr Yanukovych had agreed to hold early elections in December. He was forced into making the concession following mass protests against him over fears he would use force to crush dissent.

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