Andrew Schular from Ukraine joins a Eugene protest of the war in December 2022. Schular at the time told fellow protesters that his parents had been living in a bomb shelter since the war began and he thanked the U.S. for support for his country.

University of Oregon’s Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies program has organized a community forum about the Russian war on Ukraine, looking to give a platform to Ukrainians who live in Eugene.

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of Russia invading Ukraine. Millions of Ukrainians have fled their home country while Ukrainians living overseas during the invasion watched from afar. The forum Friday evening is meant to remind the broader community that the war is ongoing and support is still needed.

The Ukrainian community at the University of Oregon is small but close-knit, becoming more strongly bonded in the past year.

Iryna Stavynska, a graduate student studying folklore at UO, said the war has pushed the Ukrainians in the area together. They often discuss the latest events in Ukraine and how they feel about them.

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