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The UNC Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures condemns the Russian invasion of the independent, free, and democratic country of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. Our unconditional support goes to the people of Ukraine and their defenders. We grieve for the tragic and mounting loss of human life in Ukraine. We see through the Russian government’s mendacious claims and are outraged by their flagrant violation of international law and Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty.

 We appeal to all citizens of Russia to do everything in their power to stop the war and express our strongest support for all those who are already opposing the violence of their own government and wish to work for peace and respect for human rights and their Ukrainian neighbors. We appeal as well to citizens of all European countries to join in opposing the unprovoked Russian aggression.

 Our condolences and support go to our colleagues, students, friends, and relatives affected by the Russian aggression.