Statement from Port of Seattle Commission Chairman Ryan Calkins:
“The Port of Seattle stands with Ukraine and the 70,000 strong Ukrainian community here in Washington State as Russia continues its unprovoked war of aggression. Our hearts go out to our neighbours, our employees and their families who may be directly affected by this conflict. These are stressful and uncertain times, and we continue to hope that the assault on Ukraine will cease.
Although the Port of Seattle does not have scheduled direct air service or container ship calls through the Northwest Seaport Alliance, Russia’s war in Ukraine affects us all. By attacking a peaceful nation, the modern bonds of trade, diplomacy, and cultural exchange that help keep our world together are forever torn apart.
Washington State has long welcomed those who seek refuge from wars and conflicts around the world. The Port of Seattle is also ready to welcome Ukrainian victims and refugees to our state. We are currently working with members of our Ukrainian community, local businesses and other partners to provide humanitarian assistance to those who need it most and look forward to sharing these details in the days and weeks to come.
The Port of Seattle Commission will also make a proclamation on this subject at its next public meeting Tuesday, March 8, at 12 p.m.
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Steve Metruck, Port of Seattle Executive Director, Valeriy V. Goloborodko, Honorary Consul of Ukraine, and Ryan Calkins, Chairman of the Port of Seattle Commission, met today at Port of Seattle Headquarters to discuss the humanitarian aid and resettlement of refugees for Ukrainians. More to come on Tuesday at our regular committee meeting.