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University’s rector condemns illegal invasion of Ukraine

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Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2022

The rector of the University of Luxembourg, Prof. Stéphane Pallage, has issued the following statement to the University community:

Dear students, dear colleagues,

There are no words to qualify the horrors of the war in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people have given the world a lesson of courage. As rector of a University, I cannot stay silent. Rectors do not call for violence, not even violence to counter violence. Words should be the weapon of democracy.

In the name of the community of the University of Luxembourg, I condemn in the strongest possible terms the illegal invasion of Ukraine by troops of the Russian Federation. We demand an immediate end to the military aggression and occupation of the territory of Ukraine.

The University of Luxembourg reaffirms its solidarity with all University staff and students of Ukraine, and with the entire population of the country.

To support our students impacted by the war in Ukraine, the University will make a special fund available.

Importantly, our condemnation of the war should not be seen as a condemnation of Russian colleagues or Russian students, who take no part in this aggression and who belong to our community.

As a sign of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, I will lay a flower tomorrow, Thursday 3 March at 13.00 in Belval by the Peace Pole, next to the Maison du Savoir. All those who want to accompany me in a minute of silence are welcome. Let us stand united in the face of adversity.