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2 March 2022

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The Invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation

[This statement was updated on Wednesday 9 March]

The St Hugh’s community has been shocked and appalled by the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine and by the immense suffering and terrible loss of life in military action there. Some of our community are directly affected; others have relatives and friends who have been affected. The College expresses its solidarity with the people of Ukraine and strongly condemns the illegal invasion of their sovereign nation by Russian forces. We express our deepest sympathies for all the victims of the war and offer our support especially to members of our college community and their close ones.

We have directly contacted individuals whom we believe are most likely to be affected. Anyone who has not been contacted personally but who would like to discuss support should email one of those listed at the foot of this page. This includes students, staff, and alumni, some of whom have already been in touch with harrowing accounts of ongoing peril for them or their families. The St Hugh’s community offers its support.

There are a number of initiatives and events in Oxford – solidarity circles, protests, demonstrations, petitions – in which members have already participated and via which support has been afforded. The College has joined with JCR and MCR representatives to raise funds and support charities and other agencies helping in this crisis.

Current students will also already be aware of financial support opportunities available to them (if not, then mail one of those listed below). Eligible alumni who are experiencing financial pressure at this time should consider applying for support from the Alumni Grant Fund (formerly the ASM Bursary Fund): https://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/alumni-friends/alumni-association/.

If you would like to donate personally to external agencies that offer practical support to Ukraine, there are links below.

JustGiving page to raise funds for the Red Cross Society’s Ukraine appeal (initiated by a student at St Hugh’s):

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/s-mills3?fbclid=IwAR1GuYtlmQ3pVorYdUE4_XXscVcDtJPxaT4U71stK35rr2T0XBsRXRS7Obw

Trusted charities offering aid of different kinds and medical and humanitarian help:

https://www.ukrainianlondon.co.uk/donate-help-ukraine-trusted-charities-uk/?fbclid=IwAR0eWSifr9LuKIYOXMn_7k2X8QxQFT0rNyp5H1Gx5tCjjTZjo6_kyQ3cmoM

The Oxford University Ukrainian Society has an active Facebook page that you might like to consult: https://www.facebook.com/UASocietyOxford/ (St Hugh’s alumni are active in this society).

Anyone donating will exercise their judgment when determining where to target their support. We will appreciate advice and feedback to help guide the most effective donations.

Please contact any of the following if you have concerns or needs related to these events:

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