”Who are we as human beings if we ignore the suffering of others?”
Aggression. Armed conflict. Fear. Pain. Suffering. Refugee. A human being. We must respond with HELP. Real, effective and unlimited.
Nearly 10 years ago, Bogdan Lukasik, one of the owners of the Polish-Ukrainian company Modern Expo, did just that. The first impulse was the Revolution of Dignity, also known as Euromaidan, which shook Ukraine in late 2013. Two months later, troops of the Russian Federation annexed Crimea. That was the impulse.
War is a great evil. In every aspect. That is why HELP must be broad and diverse. A wonderful movement that gathers people, institutions and companies around it. From the very beginning, it has coordinated projects whose primary objective is to provide effective humanitarian aid to our Neighbours, the Ukrainian community.
The declaration was signed by: the Mayor of the City of Lublin – Krzysztof Żuk, the Marshal of the Lublin Province – Sławomir Sosnowski, the Deputy Marshal of the Lublin Province – Krzysztof Grabczuk, the Lublin Voivode – Wojciech Wilk, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Zamość – Andrzej Zastąpało, the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin – Rector Rev. prof. dr hab. Antoni Dębiński, Lublin University of Technology – Rector prof. dr hab. Eng. Piotr Kacejko, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University – Rector prof. dr hab. Stanisław Michałowski, Medical University – JM Vice-Rector for Science prof. dr hab. n. farm. Dariusz Matosiuk, University of Life Sciences in Lublin – Rector prof. dr hab. Marian Wesołowski, European Meeting Center – Nowy Staw Foundation – President – Michał Wójcik, Fundacja Niepodległości – Board Member – Jan Fedirko, Fundacja Kultury Duchowej Pogranicza – President – Fr. Stefan Batruch, Lublin Business Club – President – Agnieszka Gąsior-Mazur, Employers of the Lublin Region “Lewiatan” – President – Dariusz Jodłowski, Modern-Expo S.A. – President – Bogdan Łukasik.
LUBLIN DECLARATION OF SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE
We are concerned by the common fate of our peoples, moved by the dramatic situation of those affected by the conflict and internally displaced persons in Ukraine.
We are convinced that in the face of military tragedy, it is necessary to show solidarity and to help in accordance with the best traditions of Polish-Ukrainian neighbourliness.
Being aware of the importance of humanitarian aid and convinced that assistance builds mutual trust and good relations between the societies of our countries, and that a stable developing neighbour is an opportunity for multi-level cooperation and benefits for both sides, we create the programe “Together with Ukraine”.
Our aim is to:
provide material and moral support as well as psychological and medical assistance
lobbying for the creation of a humanitarian corridor from Poland and other European Union countries;
creating a broad coalition of business representatives, NGOs,
church community and academia, local and state administration, and
government agencies, in order to increase the results of humanitarian aid and development assistance.
Today, the Ukrainian people find themselves faced with another threat. Far more serious than the previous ones. Our hearts and minds are with them. Today we must all be yellow and blue. And our HELP precise and intense. We know how to do it. We have the experience and the preparation. We get information directly from our Ukrainian friends about their needs. Join us and support our initiatives.
The extent of this HELP until now is shown by the numbers: