Russia’s illegal military incursion into Ukraine poses a grave threat to international security, undermines the rules-based international order, and endangers the lives of millions of civilians. It also risks escalating into a wider conflict, with devastating consequences in Europe and beyond.
In this context:
Russia must immediately cease military operations in and around Ukraine.
The threat or use of nuclear weapons must be unequivocally rejected by all nuclear-armed states, directly or indirectly involved in this conflict, under all circumstances.
All parties involved militarily in the conflict must adhere strictly to the principles of International Humanitarian Law, including precaution, distinction, and proportionality.
Every measure must be taken to minimize harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure, including the avoidance of any use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
The international community must make emergency humanitarian assistance readily available to those harmed by this conflict, including refugees and internally displaced persons.
The pursuit of diplomatic solutions aimed at de-escalation must continue even as the crisis enters this critical stage.
Photo: Vladimir Putin with Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu in 2013 by Kremlin.ru is licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0.