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The UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies condemns the egregious and unprovoked invasion of independent and democratic Ukraine by Russian military forces. Like the whole world, we are appalled by the Russian government’s flagrant violation of international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity. Peace in Ukraine is essential to peace in all of Europe. Now more than ever, it is our collective responsibility to amplify the voices of Ukrainian citizens who are facing this existential crisis, to help get their stories out to the world, and to fight the absurd lies told by the Russian state. We stand too with those in Russia who oppose the violence and oppression of their own government and who seek peace and human rights in the face of authoritarian violence.

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