CC stands in solidarity with Ukraine and supports those safeguarding public collections, educational resources, and cultural heritage sites

Catherine Stihler

As more than a million Ukrainians flee for safety, the United Nations is calling the exodus Europe’s fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II (WWII). The war in Ukraine is causing terrible human suffering and death and will impact future generations of Ukrainians. The lives of millions across the continent are now in total upheaval. In the face of the tragic devastation, the question “is this the start of Cold War II or worse yet, WWIII?” is edging into mainstream conversations.

Alongside the humanitarian crisis, the war is also causing irreversible damage to the arts, cultural, education, information, and media sectors.卡塔尔vs葡萄牙分析知识共享与乌克兰站在一起,支持那些勇敢无私、努力保存、维护、保护并分享乌克兰人民知识和文化遗产的个人。

We stand besideEU Ministers of Culture and Media他们表达了对艺术家、记者、文化和媒体专业人士的支持,因为俄罗斯的军事侵略,他们的自由现在受到了威胁。

We also agree with thestatementof UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, who called for the “protection of Ukrainian cultural heritage, which bears witness to the country’s rich history, and includes itsseven World Heritage sites– notably located in Lviv and Kyiv; the cities of Odessa and Kharkiv, members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network; its national archives, some of which feature in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register; and its sites commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust.”

We commend UNESCO’s efforts in helping Ukraine safeguard museum collections and cultural property. We also encourage volunteers to help archive Ukrainian cultural heritage sites, for example through thisinitiative.

At Creative Commons, we believe that caring for cultural heritage is a social responsibility and that it is our collective duty to continue to protect and celebrate cultural heritage and uphold the fundamental right of freedom of information.Information and culture found in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) empower people by offering them resources to engage and participate in civic life and build a future for themselves.

In 1940, during WWII, US Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish wrote, “Keepers of books, keepers of print and paper on the shelves, librarians are keepers also of the records of the human spirit.”



The Open Access Research community is working to support Ukrainian researchers through the website#ScienceForUkraine: a platform to support Ukrainian researchers with accommodation, research hosting, and funding. One of our friends and partners, Iryna Kuchma (Open Access Programme Manager at Electronic Information for Libraries -EIFL), lives in Ukraine and has bravely stayed behind with her parents. Her inspiring tweets are a mix of reliance, inspiration and the sadness of war.

Researchers in Russia have published a statement against the war with Ukraine:


Together we unite in these somber times. Let us hope for a return to peace and respect for human dignity soon.