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he mayor of a war-torn Ukrainian city has thanked the people of Oxford for their support since the Russian invasion.

In a video message to Oxford City Council, Ihor Terekhov, the mayor of Kharkiv, said his city had “survived and overcome”.

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, has suffered heavy damage in the conflict.

Oxford’s deputy leader, Ed Turner, said in a reply that he hoped for “happier times ahead”.

In his address, delivered in front of a Ukrainian flag, Mr Terekhov highlighted the similarities between the two cities with “long university traditions”.

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