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Statement from Rotary International

We are gravely concerned by the escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and by the imminent prospect of an armed conflict. As the world is still reeling from the global pandemic, a war in Europe, by all accounts, would lead to tragic consequences for the region and would have a devastating impact on civilian populations and on humanity as a whole.

As one of the world's largest humanitarian organizations, we have made peace the cornerstone of our global mission. War is not a good option for resolving disputes among nations and peoples. We join the international community in calling for de-escalation and strongly support urgent and robust diplomatic efforts to resolve this conflict through dialogue.

In the past decade, Rotary clubs in Ukraine, Russia, and nearby countries have transcended national differences and have actively engaged in peace building projects to promote goodwill and to marshal assistance for the victims of war and violence. We will continue these efforts and, with our utmost resolve, we will endeavor to contribute to a peaceful solution to this crisis.

Rotary International


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