St Andrews stands with Ukraine: Students show their suppoprt for the Ukrainian people and their opposition to the aggression of the Russian government.

St Andrews protesters create line in the sand against war in Ukraine

More than 1000 people from across St Andrews gathered on the West Sands on Wednesday night (March 30) to form a powerful line in the sand as a visible display of opposition to the war in Ukraine and the aggression of the Russian government.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 31st March 2022, 12:46 pm
Updated Thursday, 31st March 2022, 12:51 pm

In direct response to the call from the President of Ukraine for worldwide rallies and protests against the war, staff, students and the local St Andrews community gathered at the University’s Lower College Lawn in a show of solidarity.

The gathered crowd listened to Ukrainian students from the University share their stories of friends and family in Ukraine.

The event was supported by the University, Refugee Action St Andrews, Amnesty St Andrews, the St Andrews Students' Association, and the Rector's Committee, with community representation from BID St Andrews, the Community Council and local business leaders.

Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko, of the Golos Party, sent a message of gratitude.

She said: “Thank you to everyone for coming out and standing up with Ukraine today. At such times these acts of solidarity are heard loud and clear in Ukraine and we are grateful to all who come out and support us in our nation's moment of need.

“St Rule brought the bones of St Andrews to the beaches of Fife, the western end of Europe, and his church still stands in Kyiv, in the eastern end of Europe.

"Your solidarity and our common humanity means that although at opposite ends of our shared continent we stand closer together than ever before.

“Thank you St Andrews, Slava Ukraini.”

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