ExpoPlatform has called on the events community “to join us in standing together” with Ukraine and thanked those who have already pledged support.
The founders of ExpoPlatform, Tanya Pinchuk and Mykyta Fastovets are both originally from Ukraine and have seen family members forced to relocate far from their homes in the country due to the Russian invasion.
Pinchuk, CEO of ExpoPlatform, has issued a plea for the events industry to join in solidarity with people under attack from Russian forces, using the hashtag #EventsWithUkraine.
She said: “The invasion of Ukraine is deeply personal to us. We have friends and family members who have had to relocate far away from home and are trying to keep their children safe.
“All our teams at ExpoPlatform, from the UK, India, United States, France, Portugal, and even colleagues within Russia itself, are united in standing against this evil and unprovoked attack of a modern democracy.
“The events industry is truly international, and is built on bringing people together to exchange ideas freely and peacefully. These are the same values that Putin hates.
“Today, we would like to ask the industry we love to join us in standing together against these war crimes.”
Pinchuk suggested anyone who would like to help can contribute with a donation for Ukrainian forces with a SWIFT bank transfer or The British Red Cross, which is providing food and shelter to those in need.
She added: “I’d like to thank everyone for your messages of support. For those who are in the UK, I look forward to seeing you next week at Confex. The darkest hour is the one before dawn.”