Our statement on war

On 24 February 2022, Russia started an all-out war against Ukraine. Russia had been waging war against Ukraine for eight years. And yet, this senseless and brutal attack on the entire country came as a shock for us. 

Russia bombs residential houses, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, historical and cultural sites, nuclear power plants, and innocent people. As of 10 January 2023, 16,502 civilians were killed and injured. 

We condemn Russia’s actions in the sharpest possible way and stand firmly with Ukraine. We stand with all the Ukrainians heroically defending their homeland, fighting for their freedom, evacuating people from hot spots, helping those in need, exposing fakes, and applying their networks to make the voice of Ukraine more heard in the world. 

We will support the brave Ukrainian resistance till victory — financing important initiatives, safeguarding museum collections, repairing cultural infrastructure, holding workshops, discussions, and digital labs addressing hot issues, and sharing the best open calls from other EU programmes in our opportunities catalogue. The more effort Russia will put into silencing Ukraine, the more we will strive to amplify the voices of Ukrainian change agents. 

If you are a foreigner, there are tons of ways you can support Ukraine too. You can donate to the Ukrainian army, join and organise protests, purchase rights for Ukrainian books, spread Ukrainian art, and share news about what is happening to make sure Ukraine is not forgotten and Russian narratives do not prevail. Please find the website where many ways to support Ukraine are gathered.

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