We, like the rest of the world, have watched in mounting horror as Russia invade Ukraine.
Even as children, we are taught not to use violence to resolve disagreements. In our day-to-day lives, at work or with friends, we will not always agree with each other. But as humans we are better when we work through our differences; agreeing where we can, agreeing to disagree when we can’t. And even as a security company, our staff are all trained to de-escalate and resolve conflicts.
It is, therefore, shocking when we see a world leader who is seemingly without the basic respect for fellow humans that everyone else shares. And however complicated the political issues, there is never any excuse for waging warfare against a civilian population.
Since the end of the Second World War, Europe has enjoyed an unprecedented period of peace. Seeing that brought so abruptly, and violently, to an end is something that should worry us all.
The bravery shown by Ukraine in the face of this aggression — from President Zelensky to ordinary Ukrainians — has been inspirational. And while they should never have needed to show that bravery, it helps to remind us that the basic decency of the human spirit cannot be extinguished and will prevail.
There is, of course, little that we can do as individuals, but there are ways of showing support to Ukraine. We have donated to two causes.
The British Red Cross are providing essential supplies and services to Ukraine, from food and shelter, to first aid training and helping people contact their families.