We have all been stunned, powerless and speechless by Russia’s war of aggression on Ukraine. We are deeply shocked by the military violence in Ukraine. A war in the middle of Europe, unleashed by a ruthless dictator — that leaves us in impotent rage and helplessness.
This attack is also an attack on our common values in Europe, democracy and freedom. We stand in solidarity with Ukraine. Peace is and remains the most valuable asset. We clearly advocate peaceful global cooperation and categorically reject any form of military force.
We hope that this attack on the people of Ukraine, which must be condemned in the strongest terms under international law, will be stopped quickly and that the bloodshed will end. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the people in the war zone, whose lives and belongings are now threatened.