Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Our statement

CRSCEES unequivocally condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military with the support of Aleksandr Lukashenko’s government in Belarus.  We express our solidarity with people of Ukraine, whose lives are in danger, and with those who have ties to Ukraine, and who are currently living through tremendous stress. At the same time, while Ukraine draws the attention of the media around the world, we also stand in solidarity with all people everywhere fighting for their lives against occupation, war, and oppression – and we urge you not to forget about their struggles. Moreover, we stand in solidarity with Russians and Belarusians who risk their safety to stop their brutal regimes, as well as labour migrants in these countries whose lives, incomes, and families are affected by war and sanctions . We commit to doing all we can to support people  from Ukraine in these difficult times. The work that the Centre is doing to help Ukraine is conducted in close collaboration with the Ukrainian community of St Andrews, and we are using this platform to amplify our joint initiatives.

Ways that you can help

Donate to Charity

There are many UK charities to which you can donate to help Ukraine. Please see the UK government web site for guidance and further recommendations.

The University of St Andrews has also set up a Hardship Appeal for St Andrews Students and Staff affected by the war in Ukraine. Assisting with accommodation, living expenses and other incidentals faced in the months ahead, the Fund aims to provide peace of mind that St Andrews will remain a safe and supportive haven for anyone directly affected by the war.

Protest, and write to your MP/MSP

You can show solidarity by joining a local protest, wearing blue and yellow (the national colours of Ukraine), or by putting a poster on your window.

You can also help by sending an email or letter to your government representative.  A personal email/letter written in your own words works the best. If you are unsure about what to focus on in your email/letter, here is a link to a Google Document that includes a lot of ideas, some of which you might want to include in your own letter.

Where to find their contacts: USA, UK (MP and MSP), FranceSpainGermany .

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