European Commission and EU Council Presidents issue joint statement on Ukraine

European Commission and EU Council Presidents issue joint statement on Ukraine
# 24 February 2022 11:43 (UTC +04:00)

The President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission issued a joint statement Thursday condemning Russian military action in Ukraine "in the strongest possible terms."

"Russia is grossly violating international law and undermining European and global security and stability," European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in the statement.

"We call on Russia to immediately cease the hostilities, withdraw its military from Ukraine and fully respect Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. Such use of force and coercion has no place in the 21st century."

"We deplore the loss of life and humanitarian suffering. The EU and its Member States are ready to urgently provide a humanitarian emergency response. We call on Russia and Russia-backed armed formations to respect international humanitarian law," the statement added.

"The EU stands firmly by Ukraine and its people as they face this unparalleled crisis. The EU will provide further political, financial, and humanitarian assistance.

"We are coordinating our response with our international partners, including NATO and G7 whose leaders will meet today."

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