SAINTS will present a signed shirt to Ukrainian citizens - Olga Bakumanto and Irina Handza on the pitch at half time of tonight's Super League game against Hull FC game.

It is to show the club's support for the people of Ukraine in their fight with Putin's Russia.

Olga and Irina are from Kharkiv in North Eastern Ukraine and were subject to 40 days of continuous shelling before evacuation to the UK in early May. Olga is a professional chemist and Irina an English teacher.

Their UK hosts are David and Caroline Horton from Stokesley, Yorkshire.

David (who is originally from St Helens) and Caroline have set up StokesleyforUkraine, an organisation conducting invaluable work linking Ukrainian evacuees with UK registered sponsors offering safe homes and sanctuary.

St Helens Chairman Eamonn McManus stated: “It’s our honour to welcome Olga and Irina to our club.

"They have been forced to leave their families, friends, careers and lives behind them to escape the horrors being perpetrated on their country by a brutal and barbaric aggressor.

“Ukraine is not merely defending itself, but is defending the free and democratic western world which we are very fortunate to be a part of. Their bravery, strength and steadfastness will go down in history.

"Hopefully some day Olga and Irina can return to their families in a free and rebuilt Ukraine which has been saved from oppression.

"In the meantime, it is good to know that British people have opened up their homes to them to alleviate their desperate plight.

“This evening may be just a small token when St.Helens and Rugby League displays its support.

"But it also symbolises our shared values: this country has its own history of standing alone against tyranny and appreciates all the more the resolve, fortitude and bravery of Ukraine and its people in defending their land.”