Statement on ongoing crisis in Ukraine
𝐒𝐓𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐍𝐃 𝐑𝐄𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐄𝐒
Thursday, September 22, 2022 (MADRID) – This past week-The Russian Federation has launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine by land, air, and sea. Peaceful Ukrainian cities are under attack. Several Ukrainian civilians have reportedly been killed and infrastructures have been destroyed.
In Izyum Ukraine, a massive gravesite was recently discovered with hundreds of unidentified bodies marking another human tragedy for the Ukrainian people. This loss of human life must end.
The Europe Peace Foundation (EPF) strongly condemns Russia’s unprecedented military attack on Ukraine, which puts at risk countless civilian lives. We deplore the loss of life and the human suffering in Ukraine. The humanitarian consequences on civilian populations are devastating.
Russia has recently increased their military campaign, employing 300,000 reservists. The EPF calls on Russia to immediately end its military operations and withdraw all its forces from in and around Ukraine, to fully respect international humanitarian law, and to allow safe and unhindered humanitarian access and assistance to all persons in need. Such use of force and coercion has no place in the 21st century.
The EPF call for a peaceful resolution of the situation through sustained diplomatic efforts for long-term peace and stability in the region and beyond.