University of Vienna stands with Ukraine

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Statement of the university network CENTRAL on the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation

The invasion of Ukraine by the armed forces of the Russian Federation is a brutal breach of international law, which the universities united in CENTRAL condemn in the strongest possible terms. Central Europe has been the scene of such aggression by totalitarian states several times in the 20th century, both by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The memory of the associated crimes is alive in Central Europe. We have all the more respect for the unshakeable will of the Ukrainian people to establish a democratic constitutional state in their country on the basis of the values we all share and profess. 

Ukrainians and their country are an integral part of Europe. We declare our solidarity with the Ukrainian people in their struggle for freedom and democracy. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and the students of Ukraine and will take measures to support them.

The CENTRAL network consists of the following universities and is currently coordinated by the University of Vienna:
•    Charles University (Prague)
•    Eötvös Loránd University – ELTE (Budapest)
•    Humboldt University (Berlin)
•    University of Vienna
•    University of Warsaw

More information:

Please also read Statements of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities and of Circle U.: %E2%80%99s-universities-must-stand-up-for-democracy.html 

Further inquiry

Mag. Cornelia Blum

Leitung Kommunikation & Pressesprecherin
Universität Wien
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