The First Minister will attend a memorial service at Edinburgh Castle on Saturday morning to mark the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The event is organised by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain Edinburgh Branch (AUGB), the Consulate of Ukraine in Edinburgh and the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Great Britain.

The First Minister is expected to deliver a reading at the ceremony at the Scottish War Memorial in the castle before laying a wreath along with Mr Andrii Kuslii, Consulate of Ukraine in Edinburgh and members of the Ukrainian communities living in Scotland.

First Minister Humza Yousaf said: “On the second anniversary of Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine, I want to make it clear that the people of Scotland remain steadfast in support of the country and its brave citizens.

“Ukrainians are fighting for freedom, the rule of law, and the right of countries across Europe to coexist in peace and security.

“As we mourn the sacrifices of the Ukrainian people, we also look ahead positively, hoping for a day soon when Ukraine can live in peace as a free, sovereign, European nation.”

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