CNN’s Jake Tapper interviews Myroslav Marynovych Vice-Rector of Ukrainian Catholic University about Ukraine’s painful history of oppression by the Soviet Union and its impact on their fight today.

CNN's Jake Tapper interviews Myroslav Marynovych Vice-Rector of Ukrainian Catholic University

“The people of Ukraine, they don't have to imagine what life would be like under Russian rule, the oppression, the cruelty. They have already lived it.” “I am absolutely sure that Ukraine will win this war, because we understand the danger that may happen with us if Putin wins.”

UCU Student Stories

The Dean’s Office for Student Life of Ukrainian Catholic University has collected students’ stories from various parts of Ukraine, where each person shares what he or she is doing to bring the country closer to victory. Here are a few moving stories:

UCU student stories

“I believe that even the small efforts of each person accomplish something big!”
– Sophia, 2nd-year student, UCU Social Work Program

I’m volunteering in my town: I help refugees find lodging, I prepare food…
I also volunteer online: I’m helping add to a database of volunteers for work with children. I communicate with foreign friends. I talk about the real state of affairs in our country.
I sincerely believe we will be victorious, and I know that a bright future awaits us all!

“I help because people are the most important thing.”
– Khrystya, 3rd-year student, UCU Sociology Program

I volunteer at the railroad station in Lviv: I help refugees find lodging, transport. I pass out food on the platforms and give moral support, as much as I can.

“When I volunteer, I realize that I’m part of a strong rear guard for the defenders.”
– Daryna, 3rd-year student, UCU Ethics-Politics-Economics Program

With the start of the war in Ukraine, I became coordinator of a volunteer office in the city of Kalush, Ivano-Frankivsk Region.
My main task is to coordinate efforts so that everything works efficiently and effectively.
My first feeling the morning of 24 February was fear, very great fear. Fear for my neighbors, fear of the unknown, fear of the uncontrollable. Then I realized that the war is my new reality, and I need to fight with it. I decided to travel home to my parents. I found something useful to do in my town.