St Andrews stands in solidarity with Ukraine

Wednesday 30 March 2022

“Thank you to everyone for coming out and standing up with Ukraine today. At such times these acts of solidarity are heard loud and clear in Ukraine and we are grateful to all who come out and support us in our nation’s moment of need.

St Rule brought the bones of St Andrews to the beaches of Fife, the western end of Europe, and his church still stands in Kyiv, in the eastern end of Europe. Your solidarity and our common humanity means that although at opposite ends of our shared continent we stand closer together than ever before.

Thank you St Andrews, Slava Ukraini.”

Lesia Vasylenko, MP Golos Party, Ukraine

More than 1000 people from across St Andrews gathered on the West Sands tonight (Wednesday 30 March) to form a powerful line in the sand as a visible display of opposition to the war in Ukraine and the aggression of the Russian government.

In direct response to the call from the President of Ukraine for worldwide rallies and protests against the war, staff, students and the local St Andrews community gathered at the University’s Lower College Lawn in a show of solidarity.

The gathered crowd listened to Ukrainian students from the University share their stories of friends and family in Ukraine.

The event was supported by the University, Refugee Action St Andrews, Amnesty St Andrews, the St Andrews Students’ Association, and the Rector’s Committee, with community representation from BID St Andrews, the Community Council and local business leaders.

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Issued by the University of St Andrews Communications Office.

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