Published: 2022-03-17 at 08:10

Based on the task of conducting the activities of the Faculty of Croatian Studies with academic and social responsibility at all levels, the obligation for higher education institutions to be morally and materially in solidarity with other such institutions and individuals when persecuted (the Lima Declaration, 16) and based on long-term scientific and teaching cooperation with the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Croatian Studies of the University of Zagreb at its 38th session held on 14 March 2022 at the Dean's proposal unanimously passed Conclusion on Russian Aggression against Ukraine and Solidarity with the Ukrainian People and Academia.

We publish the Conclusion in its entirety.

1. As human beings, academics and Europeans, we oppose the aggression of Russian troops against Ukraine[1] and the crushing of its people by destruction, fear, siege, and deception. We understand the Ukrainian people who are suffering and defending themselves and we join the voices throughout the civilized world[2], which is concerned about the war destruction of Ukraine. We expect the suspension of the military campaign of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation against the Ukrainian people, infrastructure, and economy, and we demand the establishment of peace.

2. The Charter of the United Nations obliges all States to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State and to settle all disputes by peaceful means. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States pledged in the Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances on Ukraine's Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons of 5 December 1994 "to respect the independence, sovereignty and existing borders of Ukraine, to refrain from threatening or using force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine" and "not to use" any of its weapons ever against Ukraine ". We, therefore, call for an end to hostilities in Ukraine, for negotiations, for an honest and fair peace, for guaranteeing Ukraine's security, independence, and sovereignty, and for freedom, peace, republicanism, democracy, equality, human rights, ethnic and linguistic communities, the rule of law, preservation of nature and environment as well as the return of the occupied territories of Ukraine to its constitutional order. Establishing trust, prosperity, the return of refugees, and the normalization of life should be Ukraine's future.

3. Ukrainian war scenes renew our memory of the tragedy of the war in Croatia, which has not been experienced in Europe since the end of World War II, and which is repeated in Ukraine with all its ferocity. We call for vigilance and responsibility towards Ukrainian refugees, especially women and children so that they do not fall victim to exploitation. The idea of a Greater Russia greatly harms Slavism, peace, understanding, stability, and progress in Europe. We show our closeness to the Ukrainian people, who are still feeling the effects of oppression and totalitarianism.[3] Let us join the chain of aid to charitable and humanitarian activities through financial and other similar contributions.

4. We encourage members of the faculty community to actively help refugees from Ukraine[4], especially those who find refuge at the Faculty of Croatian Studies and peer support to colleagues in coping at the University Campus Borongaj and in Zagreb. Let us help them learn the Croatian language, schedule and follow classes, fulfil student obligations, and get involved in the work of student associations. Such volunteering will help everyone to raise their values, contemplate about life and return respect for others around them. The first goal is respect and care to return the meaning and serenity of life because this is the time for hope and courage!

5. We express our strong support to students, teachers, scientists, associates, alumni, officials, and employees of the Ukrainian system of science and higher education. The Faculty of Croatian Studies is ready to actively help them:

- admit 111 students from Ukraine to the study programs of the Faculty of Croatian Studies; upon arrival in Croatia, they can join the study in related study programs of the Faculty with intensive learning of the Croatian language, and the services of the Counselling Centre are also available to them;
- Faculty teachers are ready for additional work with students from Ukraine;
- exempt students from Ukraine from paying tuition fees;
- when possible make university lecture halls available to the Ukrainian academic community in exile

6. We propose to the Croatian Parliament, the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Science and Education, the University of Zagreb, and the University Computing Centre to grant the status of visiting teachers to university teaching staff refugees from Ukraine, and refugee students the right to exemption from tuition fees and subsidized food and transportation.

Zagreb, 14 March 2022
Class: 640-01/22-2/0004
Reg. number: 380-1/1-22-028

Associate professor Ivo Džinić, PhD, m. p.


[1] Ukraine has been a border area of Western civilization since the Roman Empire. It embraced Christianity in 988 and is the most extensive European country. It stretches from the Carpathian Mountains through the forests to the steppes, overlooks the Black and Azov Seas, is home to many rivers, and is the most fertile part of Europe. For the most part, its area was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Union (1569-1795), and from the end of the XVIII. century until the end of World War I it was divided between the Habsburg Monarchy and the Russian Empire. The terrible suffering of the famine (1921/22, 1927/28, and 1932/33) took place in the Soviet Union, and due to the German occupation and Soviet repression in World War II, it lost as much as a quarter of its population. It declared independence on August 24, 1991, and Croatia and Ukraine recognized each other in December 1991.

[2] Decision of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe of 24 February 2022, Declaration of the Croatian Parliament of 25 February 2022, Statement by NATO Heads of State and Government on Russia’s attack on Ukraine of 25 February 2022, Proceedings before the International Court of Justice of 27 February 2022, Resolution of the European Parliament of 1 March 2022, Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly of 2 March 2022, Decision of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine of 2 March 2022, United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution of 4 March 2022, Statement by the Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency of 8 March 2022, a Press release of the University of Zagreb of 9 March 2022, Versailles Statement of the European Council of 11 March 2022 and Speech of Pope Francis 13 March 2022.

[3] The territory of Ukraine in the east was changed by seizure and annexation by Russia (1924); in the west, it was added from the areas taken from Poland (1939), Romania (1940 and 1948), and Hungary (1945) and taken away by adding to Moldova (1940); in the north changed by the seizure and annexation of Russia (1921) and in the south increased by the acquisition of Crimea from Russia (1954). However, since the Helsinki Accords (1975), the European security order has rested on the principle of inviolability of borders.

[4] Ukraine was a victim of the war on February 24, 2022, with an estimated 43.4 million inhabitants within internationally recognized borders and 6.1 million Ukrainians in exile. The dramatic war situation is causing unprecedented exile in Ukraine and refugees outside of it; in the first two and a half weeks of the war, three million people in Ukraine left their homes and fled the horrors of war, so the reception centers are full of the needy and the lost.


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