Universities remain defiant on country’s Independence Day

Over 500 days since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, universities up and down the country joined Ukrainians across the world in celebrating its 32nd Independence Day – which marks Ukraine’s Declaration of Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 – on 24 August, writes Rachel Magee for Research Professional News.

Sasha Ivashchenko from the Science for Ukraine group – which is working to support the country’s academic community in surviving the war – told Research Professional News that Independence Day has a “very symbolic meaning” to all Ukrainians. “It is a symbol of independence, freedom of speech, national dignity and hope for the future. Irrespective of whether Ukrainian people leave and whether they can celebrate this day or not, on this day they feel just a little more proud for being Ukrainians.”

Universities in Ukraine have remained defiant, even as their buildings have been hit by shells and missiles and their students and staff have been injured or killed in the fighting.
Full report on the Research Professional News site