Ukraine becomes an affiliate member of the European Union of the Deaf

The Ukrainian Society of the Deaf became an affiliate member of the European Union of the Deaf (EUD), in what was described as a “significant moment” by the representative body.

In a vote at the General Assembly in Marseilles on Saturday, members agreed to allow UTOG to join the EUD as the country continues to come under attack from Russian forces.

Announce the news on Twitter, the EUD said: “In a unanimous vote, the EUD General Assembly accepts the Ukrainian Society of the Deaf as an Affiliate Member. Ukraine is part of the European family and EUD is at your side!

The international deaf community united in support of Ukraine in February when Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops to capture the neighboring country for ‘denazification’ purposes.

The World Federation of the Deaf released a statement on the war in March, expressing support for the country and launching a fundraising campaign.

Photo: European Union of the Deaf.

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