AUBG Reflects: The Invasion of Ukraine

Vox pop - one question, multiple respondents:

What was your reaction to the news this morning?


“I’m kind of scared. What’s going to happen with students from Ukraine and Russia? I’m scared for them… Animals are going to be killed as well, stray dogs, stray cats… Imagine families had to leave everything and just drove off with their cars. This is too much to handle in 2022, it is pretty depressing.” Aleksandrina, Junior, Bulgaria

Aleksandrina, Junior, Bulgaria.


“During the pandemic I thought that this would show us that health is more important than anything else. But now the lesson is that life is more important than anything else, this may be an even harder lesson to learn." Sabina A. Wien, Dean of students, Bulgaria

Sabina A. Wien, Dean of students, Bulgaria.


“Upset, shocked. We thought this was in the past. I feel solidarity with our friends, roommates, and classmates. I hope their families are okay. I hope that all will turn out okay.” Jason Murphy, Journalism and Mass Communication Professor, Ireland


“I have a relative in Ukraine. I don’t think people understand how severe the situation is.” Branamir Ivanov, Junior, Bulgaria

Branamir Ivanov, Junior, Bulgaria.


"I woke up with heavy heart...I was and I'm still in disbelief that conflict like this are still happening. My heart hearts for the people of Ukraine and Russia who are not responsible for the decisions of their governments...There should be other ways to solve such political problems..." Gergana Atanasova, Library Specialist, Bulgaria.

Gergana Atanasova, Library Specialist, Bulgaria.


"The news this morning struck me just like the news we received two years ago. I was trying to stay away from the thought that war was not an option, as my classes taught me that surprising decisions hit you at once. This, however, did not help me overcome the feeling of hopelessness. The question on why does the hard power approach still exists today. The uncertainty in front of us. With all of this though, I am happy that I was surrounded by the rational, open-minded AUBG community that felt like the so-needed-support." Tsvetana Haydushka, AUBG alumna and Marketing Content Specialist at AUBG, Bulgaria

Tsvetana Haydushka, AUBG alumna and Marketing Content Specialist at AUBG, Bulgaria.


“Fuck.” Aleks Ivanov, Junior, Italy

Aleks Ivanov, Junior, Italy.


“I got really sad because we have so many students from Ukraine. How are their families?” Emma Kerencheva, Senior, Bulgaria

Emma Kerencheva, Senior, Bulgaria.


"I feel bad for Ukraine and Russia as Orthodox brothers. When innocent people are suffering, I again say that I feel bad." Georgi Boboshevski, Skaptopara 1 guard, Bulgaria

Georgi Boboshevski, Skaptopara 1 guard, Bulgaria.


My thoughts are with everyone from Ukraine and have family and friends there.  Please make sure to find reliable sources of news and be there for your Ukrainian friends. Donate to the troops if you can.” Bindi Usukhbayr, Junior, Mongolia

Bindi Usukhbayr, Junior, Mongolia.


"Unpleasant news. The campus is really quiet today. I see students who are from Ukraine and I see sadness in their eyes. It is very bad. You do not know what to say to them." Simona Gyuzleva, Sophomore, Bulgaria

Simona Gyuzleva, Sophomore, Bulgaria.


"Well, I consider myself someone who is politically active so I watch the news often and when I saw that there was an invasion in Ukraine and that there is a lot of bombs, I was sad and I felt super sorry for my friends who are either still in Ukraine or at AUBG or even in Palestine. And I kind of relate to how the feel because, you know, I come from a country where we get bombs all the time too. And it kind of made me relate to them and I know how hopeless they may feel, given that they are far away from home and they really want to do something but they cannot. So, definitely a lot of Empathy and support and prayers and thoughts that go to these people and hopefully the war ends soon and things do not escalate. That is the most important thing" Ayah Besaiso, Senior, Palestine

Ayah Besaiso, Senior, Palestine.


“As I am from Latvia, I am concerned for my family. Putin might attack the Baltics as well. I’m trying not to think about it too much.” Nikola, Erasmus student, Latvia

“I’m not really concerned as nothing is happening in France now. But I feel bad for the Ukranians that are here.” Brian, Erasmus student, France

“I’m feeling a bit concerned. Putin is trying to target airports. It is concerning for going home safely… All the uncertainty that comes along is confusing and that comes with a lot of stress for me.” Erica, Exchange student, USA

Nikola, Erasmus student, Latvia. Brian, Erasmus student, France. Erica, Exchange student, USA. 


"I feel devastated and heartbroken. I cannot imagine what the Ukranian nation is going through. My heart goes to all the people affected and their families. Unprovoked violence, war is never the solution." Teodora Emilova, Junior, Bulgaria

Teodora Emilova, Junior, Bulgaria.


"I honestly couldn't believe what my eyes were seeing. There was definitely a sense of doom initially, afterwards I just felt sad. To my Ukranian peers, you are not alone in this." Rumyana Penzova, Senior, Bulgaria

Rumyana Penzova, Senior, Bulgaria.


“What for the love of God.... This is not the 21st century we hoped to live in. I am really hoping no one from my Ukrainian friends' families have been endangered. Better Community Club will be donating the money from the their social entrepreneurship competition's tickets to families in need and is encouraging all of the students to help those of need. We pray for Ukraine.” Desislava Stamova, Junior, Bulgaria

Desislava Stamova, Junior, Bulgaria.


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