The UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies hosted a campus rally in solidarity with Ukraine on Thursday, following Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, which began February 23, as reported by the New York Times.
"When you look at all these students here, it breaks your heart knowing their peers in Kyiv, Kharkiv, and elsewhere in Ukraine are being shelled right now, watching their cities being destroyed, their families torn apart," said Adnan Džumhur, associate director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.
"Yes, we stand in solidarity with Ukraine today, people here and around the world care about what is going on, we all want to help. But wars don't end overnight, and this one is so unjust and so cruel. My fear is that we haven't seen the worst of it yet," Džumhur said.
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