Flags were recently given to residents of the village as part of an idea to raise funds for humanitarian support for the people of Ukraine, who continue to endure an ongoing conflict brought upon them by Vladimir Putin’s Russia over a month ago. Around 70 Ukrainian flags were given to local residents in exchange for a donation.
The fundraising effort was co-ordinated by Cris Tomos, local resident and county councillor for the area. Speaking to Wales Online, he said those living in the village were appalled by what has happened.
“I was truly shocked that someone would hold such strong feelings about our efforts to donate money for medical and humanitarian supplies to people living through the horrors of the war in Ukraine,” said Mr Tomos. “To then leave a note suggesting that we support Nazi regimes is very disappointing – our fundraising campaign is totally non-political.”
Thousands of Ukrainians are believed to have died in the war so far, with support – financial, political, and emotional – being provided from people in different countries all over Europe and the rest of the world. At the beginning of the conflict, Russian President Putin said that his aims across the border in Ukraine were to “de-Nazify” the government in Kyiv, despite the fact the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish.
The claim has been heavily disputed as an attempt to justify Putin’s invasion of a neighbouring country. However, someone, or some people, it would appear, seem to believe in his theory.
According to Mr Tomos, the vandalism had been reported, and anyone with any information regarding the perpetrator or perpetrators should contact the police.
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for witnesses after a number of Ukrainian flags were stolen from properties in Hermon, Pembrokeshire, in the early hours of Sunday, 27th March 2022.
“Three flags are believed to have been stolen, one of which was replaced with a note containing racist language.