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Lviv Rectors discussed the political situation in Ukraine and denounced violence

On February 19 this year in the assembly hall of the Lviv Polytechnic National University took place an emergency meeting of the Council of Rectors of universities III­IV accreditation levels Lviv region​ on the topic of dramatic events in Kyiv and Ukraine in recent days.

Opening speech was made by ​ Head of Lviv Region Rector’s Council​, Rector of Lviv Polytechnic National University Professor Yuriy Bobalo. He pointed out that there was a sharp aggravation of the socio­political situation over the past few days in Ukraine. As a result of escalating violence there was bloodshed, dozens of people were killed and number of injured and the
victims has reached over one thousand people. We must immediately stop the violence and use all available means for the peaceful settlement of the conflict.

Rector of the Lviv National Agrarian University, deputy head of the ​Lviv Region Rector’s Council, Professor Volodymyr ​ nitynskyy, rector of Mykola Lysenko Lviv State Academy of Music Professor Igor Pylatjuk, Rector of the Ukrainian National Forestry University​ Yuriy Tunytsya, Rector of Lviv State Academy of Finance Professor Petro Buryak, and other speakers presented
their vision of solving this acute political crisis in Ukraine.

All of this was reflected in the unanimous Declaration of the ​ the Council of Rectors of universities III­IV accreditation levels Lviv region​ according to the recent events in Kyiv, Ukraine.

The following is the text of a statement.

Statement
of the Council of Rectors of
universities III­IV
accreditation levels Lviv region ​ concearning recent developments in Kyiv, Ukraine

Brutal use of force against peaceful protesters at Euromaidan by Special Forces "Berkut" that happened on 18 February and on the night of February 19, 2014 in Kyiv, caused irreparable tragic consequences.

The escalation of violence, unfortunately, has become more and more threatening and culminated with opposition of people and the government that doesn’t defer peoples opinion.

As a result of the conflict bloodshed happened, with dozens of people killed and hundreds injured. The Lviv academic community expresses deep condolences to the families of those killed and injured during the events in Kyiv and other regions.

Today danger is at hand over Ukraine, real danger of deepening the bloody conflict, country split­up, loss of independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty.

We believe that the only way to avoid further bloodshed,to stop the offense, to restore a law and order, to solve the acute and protracted conflict in Ukraine is through the way of mutual compromise and constructive dialogue. A chance to stop the country's slide into chaos and violence still remains.

We turn to the leaders of the EU and world leaders to act as intermediaries in negotiations with opposing forces.

We strongly support the youth movement for European integration of Ukraine and consider inappropriate to call them "radicals" and "terrorists".

We encourage students and teachers to identify those dramatic days of peace and balance, to refrain from violent seizure of administrative buildings and other illegal acts.

Instead, they should guard schools to prevent theft and destruction of property, monuments of culture and history, national monuments.

We turn to our colleagues ­heads of higher education institutions throughout Ukraine, we will do everything possible no keep as the apple of our own eye, our national unity, an integral, unified, independent Ukrainian state!

We support the peaceful settlement of the conflict.
We call on politicians, community leaders and authorities and ask them for wisdom, balance and moderation. Everyone should be aware that the the fate of Ukraine and lives of its citizens are at stake.


Rector of the Lviv Polytechnic National
University, Head of Lviv Region Rector’s Council
Yuri Bobalo

First pro­rector of Lviv National
Ivan Franko University
Vasyl Vysochanskiy

Rector of the Lviv National Agrarian University,
Deputy Chairman ​ of Lviv Region Rector’s Council
Volodymyr Snitynskyy

Pro­rector of the Danylo Halytskyi National Medical
University
Anatoliy Mahlovanyy

First pro­rector of Lviv Academy of Commerce
Petro Kutsyk

Pro­Rector of the Lviv National University of
Veterinary Medicine and Biotechnologies
Volodymyr Stybel

Rector of the Ukrainian Academy of Printing
Bogdan Durnyak

Rector of the Lviv National Academy of Arts
Andryi Bokotey

Rector of Mykola Lysenko Lviv State Academy of Music
Ihor Pylatyiuk

Rector of Lviv State University of Physical
Culture
Eugene Prystupa

Rector of the Ukrainian National Forestry
University
Yuri Tunytsya

Pro­rector of Lviv State University of Life Safety
Taras Rak

Rector of ​ Lviv State Academy of Finance
​ Petro
Buryak

Rector of Drohobych State Ivan Franko Pedagogical
University
Nadiya Skotna

Rector of Lviv Institute Of Management
Petro
Yanytskyi

Rector of Lviv University of Economics and Tourism
Ihor Bochan

Deputy Head of The Trade Union
of Education and
Science Workers of Ukraine
Anna Dolishnya

Executive deputy of the head of Education and
Science Department
of Lviv Regional State Administration
Roman Babiy

February, 19, 2014