War in Europe - perspectives from NMBU

On March 16th NMBU organised a democracy hour "War in Europe - perspectives from NMBU". Deborah Oughton talked about the nuclear threats of war in Ukraine and how CERAD is planning to support Ukrainian researchers and students.

Our postdoc Yevgeniya Tomkiv, who is Ukrainian, held an emotional speech that we would like to share with you.


As many Ukrainians, I often don’t know which day it is today, but I always know which day of war it is.

Today is day nr 21.

It’s been 21 days since I woke up to a message from my mom saying Russia attacked Ukraine.

21 days spent constantly checking up on my friends and colleagues.

21 days spent being absolutely terrified by the atrocities of this war but also being immensely proud by the bravery and courage of my fellow Ukrainians.

We will sacrifice our souls and bodies for our freedom, says Ukrainian anthem. I have been singing these words since I was a child and now I am hearing them from my parents who refuse to leave their country, their land, their home.

This war has already taken a terrible toll in Ukraine and will take even more.

NMBU’s first statement about the war was about how it will impact our research. But please remember that Ukrainian researchers, as the rest of Ukrainian population, are defending cities with weapons in their hands, risking their lives as volunteers, while delivering food and medicine, or trying to rescue the vulnerable people that are stuck under constant shelling by Russian military.

Ukrainian researchers are freezing and starving in bomb shelters. They are being held hostages in the occupied cities. They are among the refugees and they are among the dead.

Today is day nr 21.


Published 16. March 2022 - 16:49 - Updated 18. March 2022 - 12:58