Steve Jordan looks at the work the UK moving industry has been doing to help out the people of Ukraine in their time of need.
I don’t know what it is about the war in Ukraine, but it has certainly galvanized international action in a way that I don’t think I have ever seen before. Wars have been a constant backdrop since 1945, all of which have been appalling, and all have attracted a response from the international community. But there is something different about the war in Ukraine. I’m not sure what it is, but it seems visceral.
Maybe it’s because the war is because of a totally unprovoked attack by a world superpower on a smaller, weaker neighbour. But that’s not unique. Nor is this the first time Russia has used its military in anger. But, like most of us, I have been lucky enough to grow up in a Europe that has been largely at peace, at least compared with my father and grandfathers’ times. That peace has now been shattered and I believe it is that, and the memory of what went before when aggression was appeased, that has stimulated the emotion we see today.
This outpouring of support has been fuelled by the growing reports of atrocities we see on our news broadcasts every day and, by contrast, the beguiling personality of Mr. Zelenskyy who seems to have a way with people. He arrived in charge in an unorthodox way, but the universe sometimes has the knack of putting the right person in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it doesn’t!
I mention all of this, not to make a political point, that’s not my job, but just to add a little context to the work many members of our industry have been doing to alleviate the suffering of the people of Ukraine ...
Photos (top to bottom): Clockwork Removals unloading in Poland; Guy Pinsent of Less Mess and Paul Fox (background) unloading in Poland; Unloading the White & Co road train in Poland; the Matthew James truck ready to leave.