Its history dates back to October 28, 1939, when the police in Prague forcibly dispersed a peaceful demonstration of young people on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic. This event led to a series of student protests against authoritarianism in various European countries. At its 1941 meeting in London, the International Council of Students adopted a statement declaring November 17 as International Students' Day in memory of the events in the Czech Republic. This statement was supported by the United Nations.

Students of Kyiv Polytechnic have always had a sense of justice, dignity and patriotism. From the very first days of the full-scale Russian aggression against Ukraine, the best of them stood up to defend the country, voluntarily joining the Armed Forces and territorial defense. Nine of them gave their lives defending their homeland. Two are missing in action.

Their courage and patriotism are an inspiring example of dedication to the people of Ukraine. Their feat deserves respect and great honor. May their memory be eternal.
To the students who are now studying in the midst of war, directing their efforts and energy to the defense and rebuilding of the country, we wish them incredible strength and perseverance, inspiration and good luck. Your contribution to bringing the coveted Victory closer and restoring the country is great and important.

Good luck on your way!

Rector of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute
Mykhailo Zgurovsky

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