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Statement of the university management of Leibniz University Hannover regarding Russia's attack on Ukraine

Statement of the university management of Leibniz University Hannover regarding Russia's attack on Ukraine

The university management of Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) is utterly appalled by the war in Ukraine, a sovereign European state. The university shares the opinion of the federal government and agrees that Russia''s attack on Ukraine constitutes a blatant and unjustifiable violation of international law. This is a terrible day for Ukraine, a dark day for Europe and for the whole world. We are concerned about our scientific partners, as well as about the Ukrainian people.

LUH considers itself a liberal-minded university, a community striving for academic knowledge and aiming to contribute to sustainable, peaceful and responsible solutions to key future issues. Freedom of research and teaching, as well as the transnational exchange of scientific findings, students, teaching staff and researchers are the cornerstones of our value system. This requires observing international law around the world.

LUH currently maintains three collaborations with universities in Ukraine (Kharkov National University of Radio and Electronics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University). Approximately 80 Ukrainian citizens currently study at Leibniz University Hannover. We would like to extend our sympathies to them - as well as to members of staff from Ukraine - and ensure them of our full solidarity. This also addresses our Russian students and members of staff, who have likewise become blameless parties in this political drama. LUH offers a safe environment to all of you.

Leibniz University Hannover will monitor the situation and developments in Ukraine, seeking exchange with the German Rectors'' Conference in order to clearly position the academic landscape in this conflict.

For further information, please contact Mechtild Freiin v. Münchhausen, head of Communications and Marketing and spokesperson of Leibniz University Hannover (Tel. +49 511 762-5342, Email kommunikation@uni-hannover.de).