Current statements supporting peace in Ukraine by world leaders at the 2023 UN General Assembly. Full responses and videos included.
“There will be no sustainability or prosperity without peace. Armed conflicts are an offense to human rationality. We know the horrors and suffering produced by all wars. Promoting a culture of peace is a duty for all of us. Building it requires persistence and vigilance. It is disturbing to see that old unresolved disputes persist and new threats emerge or gain force…
The war in Ukraine exposes our collective inability to enforce the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. We do not underestimate the difficulties in achieving peace. But no solution will be lasting if it is not based on dialogue. I have reiterated that work needs to be done to create space for negotiations. A lot is invested in weapons and very little in development. Last year, military spending totalled over $2 trillion. Expenditures on nuclear weapons reached $83 billion, a value 20 times higher than the regular UN budget.
Stability and security will not be achieved where there is social exclusion and inequality. The UN was born to be the home of understanding and dialogue. The international community must choose. On one hand, there is the expansion of conflicts, the furthering of inequalities and the erosion of the rule of law. On the other, the renewing of multilateral institutions dedicated to promoting peace.
Unilateral sanctions cause great harm to the population of affected countries. In addition to not achieving their alleged goals, they hinder the mediation and prevention processes and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Brazil will continue to reject measures taken without support from the UN Charter, such as the economic and financial embargo on Cuba and the attempt to classify this country as a state sponsor of terrorism. We shall continue to criticize any attempts to divide the world into zones of influence and revive the Cold War.
The UN Security Council has been progressively losing its credibility. This frailty is the specific result of actions from its permanent members who wage unauthorized wars aimed at territorial expansion or regime change. Its paralysis is the most eloquent proof of the urgent need to reform it, which will bring it greater representation and efficacy.
Ladies and gentlemen, inequality needs to inspire outrage, outrage over hunger, poverty, war, disrespect for human beings. Moved by the power of outrage, we may act willingly and unwaveringly in fighting inequality and effectively transforming the world around us. The UN needs to fulfill its role as a builder of a world with more solidarity, fraternity and fairness, but it will only do so if its members have the courage to proclaim their discontent at inequality and work tirelessly to overcome it.”
“The minutes are ticking on, defining life or death on our planet, and rather than halting this march of time and talking about how to defend life for the future, thanks to greater knowledge and expanding life to the universe, we are deciding instead to waste our time killing one another. We are not thinking about how to expand life to the stars, but rather how to end life on our own planet. We have devoted ourselves to war. We have been called to war. Latin America has been called upon to produce war machines, men, to go to the killing-fields.
They’re forgetting that our countries have been invaded several times by the very same people who are now talking about combatting invasions. They’re forgetting that, for oil, Iraq was invaded, Syria and Libya. They’re forgetting that the same reasons they use to defend Zelenskyy are those very reasons which should be deployed to defend Palestine. They forget that to meet the sustainable development goals, all wars must be brought to an end.
But they’re helping to wage one war in particular, because world powers see this suiting themselves in their gamesmanship, in their games of hunger, and they’re forgetting to bring an end to the other war because, for these powers, this did not suit them. What is the difference between Ukraine and Palestine, I ask? Is it not time to bring an end to both wars, and other wars too, and make the most of the short time we have to build paths to save life on the planet?
As president of Colombia, this country of beauty, of a group of humanity, millions of workers, women, men, from popular neighborhoods, indigenous people, Afro descendants, people from the fields, workers, young people of all colors. I’m the president these people decided to elect in the majority, and I’m here to speak before you, and I propose bringing an end to this war, so that we have time to save ourselves.
I propose that the United Nations should hold, as soon as possible, should hold two peace conferences, one on Ukraine, the other on Palestine, not because there are no other wars in the world - there are in my country - but because this would guide the way to making peace in all regions of the planet, because both of these, alone, can bring an end to the hypocrisy as a political practice, because we could be sincere, a virtue without which we cannot be warriors for life itself.
The generation which today must decide and must act as soon as possible to overcome the enormous hurricane which has been unleashed against life, from the dark but powerful forces of greed, the hurricane of capital, which only looks to profit and which has swallowed up the planet and the very foundation of our existence. I propose bringing an end to war, to defend life from the climate crisis, which is the mother of all crises.”
“Since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war, we have been endeavoring to keep both our Russian and Ukrainian friends around the table with a thesis that war has no winners and peace will have no losers.”
“A long-term truce has become the most looked-for aspiration by people in Europe and all over the world. We call on all parties to comply with the UN Charter and international law and resort to a radical peaceful solution based on these principles.”
“Democratic South Africa has consistently advocated for dialogue, negotiation and diplomacy to prevent and end conflict and achieve lasting peace. It has committed itself to the promotion of human rights, human dignity, justice, democracy and adherence to international law.
From the experience of our own journey from apartheid to democracy, we value the importance of engaging all parties to conflicts to achieve peaceful, just and enduring resolutions. It is these principles that inform South Africa’s participation in the African Peace Initiative, which seeks a peaceful resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
In this conflict, as in all conflicts, we have insisted that the UN Charter’s principle of respect for the territorial integrity of every country should be upheld. Our participation in the African Peace Initiative is informed by a desire to see an end to the suffering of those most directly affected by the conflict and the millions on our continent and across the world who, as a result of the conflict, are now vulnerable to worsening hunger and deprivation. As the international community, we must do everything within our means to enable meaningful dialogue, just as we should refrain from any actions that fuel the conflict.”
“...we condemn clearly and unequivocally the violation of international law, the attack on another state, the Russian aggression against Ukraine, which has caused immense suffering and destruction and has destroyed the peaceful life of Europe. We are for the victims and against further escalation. This is why we are providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and to all those fleeing the war. We help beyond our size and strength…
Thus we want peace. In our country, in Ukraine, in Europe, in the world. Peace and the security that comes with it. There is no alternative to peace. The killing, the terrible destruction, must stop as soon as possible. War is never the solution. We know that peace is only realistically attainable when at least one side sees the time for negotiations as having come. We cannot decide for Ukrainians about how much they are prepared to sacrifice, but we have a duty to represent our own nation's desire for peace. And we must do all we can to avoid an escalation of the war.”
“It is clear that we find ourselves facing increasing precariousness of the economy due to the impact of the many bellicose conflicts that are shaking the world today. Peace and security are very much at imminent risk given the lack of determination by the international community to propose solutions that would emphasize dialogue and put an end to bellicose efforts and warmongering promoted by the transnationals of war…
Our proposal is that the world be declared as a territory of peace. We must put an end once and for all to the arms race, and we must prioritize dialogue, sincere dialogue, and diplomacy amongst peoples in order to settle armed conflict that threatens the very existence of humanity. It is urgent that our nations unite in a collective effort, bringing together diverse voices, especially those from regions that are far removed from the rhetoric of confrontation, and yet these far removed peoples are those that suffer the repercussions of war in different dimensions. We need to give peace a chance, and in that endeavor the organization of the United Nations has a fundamental role to play, in order to reduce tension and to make progress in dialogue that would make it possible to consolidate sound diplomatic policies and settlement of disputes, which are on the agenda of our organization.
Along these ideas, we would like to reiterate our deep-seated concern due to the escalation of the conflict in eastern Europe and the threat of several countries to exacerbate the situation through confrontation and the use of weapons of mass destruction, weapons that use degraded radioactive elements and non-conventional weapons that are banned by international law through various international instruments, which are binding.”
“Despite best efforts, conflicts persist in many regions of the world. We urge all parties to seek diplomatic solutions to the conflicts based on the UN Charter and universally recognized international law. In this regard, Kazakhstan commends all the efforts and plans proposed by different states and groups of countries in support of a political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. Diplomacy and dialogue should always prevail in seeking the resolution of international disputes.”
“Regarding the war between Ukraine and Russia, I would like to emphasize once again the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in rejecting war as a solution to any conflict. We do not consider the war in Europe to be in the interest of any European side. Rejecting any ceasefire plan in the Ukraine war by the Americans shows that America has a long-term plan to weaken Europe. We support any initiative to end the war and start the political process, and declare our readiness to play a constructive role in this field.”
“The weakening of the role of the Security Council over the past few years is evident. This is a role that is set out in the Charter of the United Nations. That role is to maintain international peace and security, in particular by preventing the use of force and by tackling the causes that threaten international peace and security by ensuring a peaceful resolution of conflicts… Following this logic, Algeria is preparing itself to be a non-permanent member of the Security Council and aware of the responsibility that is incumbent upon us, especially in the face of the challenges that the international community is facing. We are ready to take advantage of our extensive experience in mediation and seeking political solutions to peacefully resolve conflicts.”
“I would like to emphasize that Kyrgyzstan did and will advocate resolving controversial issues exclusively through peaceful diplomatic means based on the principles and norms of international law, such as territorial integrity and the non-use of force or the threat of its use.”
“We unequivocally condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and call for an immediate cessation of hostilities.”
“We call for the de-escalation and peaceful settlement of the war in Ukraine.”
“We call for the immediate cessation of hostilities and encourage the parties to engage in constructive dialogue and negotiation. The world must support this effort, not only because history demands it, but also to ensure the world steps back from the edge of a war that could reduce this institution to rubble.” He compared Ukraine to Cyprus, where part of the island has been under Turkish occupation for 49 years.
“An important priority of the 78th UNGA Session should be to find modalities that may pave a way towards restoring the peace in Ukraine. What we need is stronger political will, diplomacy and active talks about comprehensive, just and sustainable peace, based on the internationally recognized UN’s principles.”
“Adherence to the rule of law, including international law, must continue to be the cornerstone of all of our engagements. This is being undermined by threats and naked acts of aggression against sovereign states and by the perpetuation of old conflicts and disputes between states. The Russian invasion must end. Greater diplomatic efforts must be made to bring an end to this war.”
“In Europe, the war between Russia and Ukraine deserves our full attention and the urgent need to put an immediate end to it, given the levels of human and material destruction there, the risk of an escalation into a major conflict on a global scale and the impact of its harmful effects on energy and food security. All the evidence tells us that it is unlikely that there will be winners and losers on the battlefield, which is why the parties involved should be encouraged to prioritize dialogue and diplomacy as soon as possible, to establish a ceasefire and to negotiate a lasting peace not only for the warring countries, but which will guarantee Europe's security and contribute to world peace and security.”
(Described taking part in the African peace mission to Kyiv and St. Petersburg) “So, we are ready to support any other initiative that aims to contribute to ending this war, which is negatively impacting our ambitions, in favor of the well-being of our populations.”
“Today the great economic interests are coming face to face in the war in Ukraine. In the end, always, the poorest countries and peoples on Earth are those most affected, crushed by inflation, food shortages and high fuel prices. The complex military industry accounts for the majority of budgets in developed countries with trillions and trillions of dollars. But this is in contrast to their indifference and incapacity to contribute to humanity and to protecting nature… The war in Ukraine must end. All of humanity must find a way to achieve peace. We cannot live with the permanent threat of a conflict that might mean the end of our planet… Wake up humanity - time is running out!” Also strongly condemned sanctions against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
“We would like to express our very serious concern as regards the continued war in Ukraine. We call for a negotiated solution, taking into account the concerns of various parties in respect of international law and the Charter of the United Nations.”
“THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI EMBRACES MULTILATERAL COOPERATION AND PRIORITIZES ADHERENCE TO INTERNATIONAL LAWS WHEN LOOKING TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES POSED BY CONFLICTS AND WARS.
WE THEREFORE SUPPORT THE GLOBAL CALL FOR SILENCING OF THE GUNS WHICH AFFECT THE MOST VULNERABLE GROUPS.
WE REMAIN STEADFAST IN OUR CALL FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF CONFLICTS AND A CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT OF DEMOCRATIC AND INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE.”
“Botswana strongly urges an immediate cessation of hostilities and advocates for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict. In this regard, Botswana welcomes the recent engagement between African and Russian and Ukraine leaders, and we hope that these efforts, along with similar initiatives elsewhere, will encourage the conflicting parties to return to the negotiation table.”
“Spain has been standing by Ukraine and will continue to do so for as long as it takes. But we will also be playing an active role in working towards a fair and lasting peace that restores Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and gives the Ukrainian people the freedom to determine their own fate.”
“Timor-Leste condemns the invasion, violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and the ongoing war with its catastrophic consequences for Ukrainian people, for Russians and for the rest of the world with the disruption of global trade in essential commodities.
Very seldom wars are resolved on the battlefield. When leaders underestimate their adversaries, overestimate their own capabilities, and when egos prevail over hard thinking, when principles are not part of the equation, the war inevitably goes on, and as the body count and costs mount, de-escalation becomes more difficult. So the war may continue for years, random killings and destruction continue until all sides are exhausted, and only then, the warring parties may begin to explore ideas for ending the war, reach a peace settlement, one that may be secured only if all the sides involved summon courage to compromise.”
“As we hold this session, the Russo-Ukrainian conflict continues on the battlefield with no prospect of a peaceful settlement, even though the consequences for the world are painful and regrettable.”
Powerful speech about the double standard by which NATO violated the UN Charter to take Kosovo away from Serbia, but now claims that Ukraine’s territorial integrity is sacrosanct.
“The conflict in Ukraine continues unabated, amidst the global call for an end to this terrible war. Such a situation would normally be unthinkable in this 21st century. As the conflict escalates, the World Bank’s most recent estimate for reconstruction and recovery of Ukraine is placed at US $411 billion dollars; this figure is expected to increase the longer the conflict persists.
All conflicts must eventually end at the negotiating table. Dominica therefore calls for an end to the fighting and for good faith negotiations to prevail. We join all those resolute in their international obligation, to uphold peace as outlined in the UN Charter and we support the call for a resolution to the issues giving rise to the conflict. To this end, Mr. President, Dominica endorses the Joint Declaration by the G20 on the Russia/Ukraine conflict and other global issues, at the end of the 18th G20 Summit held recently in New Delhi, India.”
“Our proactive commitment to peace, which is not limited to our continent, inspired us to dispatch the African Peace Delegation, consisting of six African heads of states to Moscow and Kiev with a ten-point peace plan, beginning with efforts to initiate a mediation process to resolve the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”
“Traditional threats to peace and security persist, making the principles of the UN all the more valuable to uphold... We must find ways to put an end to this illegal war which continues to erode the credibility and integrity of this premier international body and the principles enshrined in its Charter we all agree to support.”
“The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict is another matter of serious geopolitical concern, in view of its wider global impact. The institutional failures, human suffering, and huge number of lives lost should serve as a wake-up call for all Member States… In the face of the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, we call on the warring parties to give peace a chance. We further call on them to respect the sanctity of human life. It is only through negotiation and political dialogue that such conflicts can end.”
“We call upon warring parties around the world to silence their guns and missiles and give prominence to peace. Let us act towards each other with humility, not arrogance. Let’s heed the old wisdom that says “an eye for an eye, leaves everybody blind”.”
“We must invest more in peace than in war. If the protagonists of different conflicts in the world are listening, I would like to tell them that war is a negation of the dignity of the human person… Togo is a country of peace. Peace is in the DNA of the Togolese people. Togo is always a country of mediation, which favors dialogue, negotiation and understanding between people and governments. We are calling for de-escalation and the cessation of hostilities in the different centers of tension in the world…
The rivalries of the great powers should not straightaway become African ones. The whole challenge for us Africans is to avoid taking sides in rivalries that are not ours. We have to carry our own fights, which are, among others, the struggle against neocolonialism, the struggle against poverty, the industrialization of our continent and economic prosperity, the fight for peace, the struggle against the de-africanization of Africa, and for the African renaissance and dignity, the struggle to definitively free ourselves from foreign subordination, the fight for better representation of our continent in the concert of nations and continents. Our fights are neither those of the West, nor those of the East, and even less those of some side or part of the world. We must concentrate on our fights, now and to come.
For all that, the challenges of our world are great, and Africa’s new orientations, internally and regarding our external relations, obey the dynamic of a renewal and a paradigm change. The time is one of African and Panafrican awakening, in which our continent has recovered its awareness of itself and its responsibilities, internally and toward the rest of the world. Africa needs mutually respectful partnerships. We want to be your partners, and not your subjects. We want to serve our people, not foreign interests.
This new dynamic is not directed against anyone. It’s the expression of a new Africa, an African Africa that wants to be free, sovereign, independent, its own master. In sum, for young Africans, we are tired of your paternalism; we are tired of your contempt for our public opinion, your contempt for our people and our leaders; we are tired of your condescension; we are tired of your arrogance; we are tired, we are tired, we are tired. Let’s work together in mutual respect for a brilliant future for Africa and the world.”
“For its part and whenever possible, the Republic of Congo has always striven toward the peaceful resolution of conflicts in Africa and throughout the world. That is why my country has decided to take active part in the African initiative for peace mediation between Russia and Ukraine.
Due to the risk of generalized war that these events are creating for the world, it is not only the two belligerents in this conflict but also foreign powers that could nudge the course of events toward peace. All of these actors must temper their emotions, stop fanning the flames and commit immediately to engaging in peace negotiations that would be just, sincere and equitable.
The world desperately needs these negotiations, to prevent the confrontation that is already under way, already so devastating, from further spiraling and pushing humanity into what could be an irreversible cataclysm, that is to say total war beyond the control of the great powers themselves. I remain convinced that the wise recommendations put forward by Africa to restore peace between Ukraine and Russia will ultimately be heeded.”
“It is important to follow the vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, and embark on a path to security featuring dialogue over confrontation, partnership over alliance, and win-win outcomes over a zero-sum game. We should address the legitimate security concerns of all countries, and resolve differences and disputes in a peaceful way through dialogue and consultation. Communication and dialogue is an important way to achieve international security cooperation, and parties to a conflict or confrontation should never forget this.
Cessation of hostilities and resumption of peace talks is the only way to settle the Ukraine crisis. China supports all efforts that are conducive to the peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis, and stands ready to continue playing a constructive role for the early attainment of peace.”
“It is time for the international community to mobilize, to act, so that the parties to the conflict in Ukraine and all of their external partners engage in the path to a peaceful resolution to this war. Beyond the risk of escalating violence and human rights violations, this conflict fuels global inflation, this conflict has resulted in shortages in essential food products and has threatened to plunge millions of people into hunger. Given its scope and its consequences, the financial flows that this war has mobilized, in light of all this, the war in Ukraine has certainly undermined the financing of Agenda 2030.”
“Amidst the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the international community must relentlessly pursue peaceful dialogue. We commend African nations and other mediators for their vital role in this regard.”
“We condemn unequivocally the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This conflict in Ukraine, for example, underscores the imperative to make peace and settle differences amicably through negotiations. Nevertheless, time is not on our side, and owing to the protracted failure to deal with this Russian-Ukraine crisis, I urge for a concerted multilateral effort led by the UN to resolve this.
We cannot choose our neighbors, but we can choose to live in peace with them. And peace cannot happen without the cessation of hostilities by all parties. It is imperative for all parties to return to dialogue and resolve their differences through the negotiation table.
The extent of the Ukraine conflict has radiated throughout the world as food prices have skyrocketed leading to shortages and hunger, further malnutrition, and despair. As in other conflicts elsewhere be it in the Middle East or Southeast Asia, forced migrations take place, piling on the problems of refugees and statelessness.”
“Solomon Islands reiterate its call for the cessation of all conflict, including the Ukraine war. We must restore faith in our Charter and give peace a chance. We must better understand and listen to each other more and seek a diplomatic solution to all conflict.
Wars have exacerbated our vulnerability, broken our trust and undermine our solidarity. It remains a great distraction from our development agenda. Swords must now be converted to plough. It is time we sow seeds of peace so that we can reap the fruit of progress, prosperity and sustainability.”
“On the war against Ukraine, Costa Rica makes an urgent call for concrete and immediate action to be taken for a ceasefire and to draw up a peace plan, so that the Russian Federation can withdraw its troops and respond for its actions in front of international courts. We condemn Russia for suspending the Black Sea grain deal. This conflict has implications far beyond the borders of Ukraine, including food insecurity for those states who depend on Ukrainian wheat and Russian fertilizers.”
“...war and conflict rage senselessly across the globe; in at least one case, Ukraine, the principal adversaries — the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and Russia — may unwittingly open the gates to a nuclear Armageddon… Russia, NATO, and Ukraine should embrace peace, not war and conflict, even if peace has to rest upon a mutually agreed, settled condition of dissatisfaction.”
“We remain concerned that the war in Ukraine is still ongoing with no resolution in sight. We hope for a future of world peace, free from conflict… For a small island developing nation like Samoa, we rely on the collective responsibility of the global community to achieve this through international cooperation, compliance with international law, diplomacy and with the UN Charter as our guide.”
“The best weapons that democracies have are moral principles, the scrupulous respect for treaties, and the principle that difficulties and controversies between people must not be resolved by weapons but rather through negotiations. Mexico wishes to be an actor that promotes peace through law. We’ll do everything in our power to support genuine efforts for dialogue between parties to conflicts and we’ll do everything to bring about peaceful solutions to conflicts, because Mexico’s foreign policy is based on renouncing war as an instrument of international policy.”
“The serious implications of the conflict in Ukraine have clearly illustrated that the security and stability of one party to the conflict cannot be addressed to the exclusion of another and that the responsibility of conflict resolution is indeed incumbent upon all of us, not only those directly affected. With that in mind, Egypt has rapidly moved - in concert with its Arab and African milieu - to establish the Arab Contact Group and to participate in the African Leaders Initiative to stop the bloodshed and pursue a peaceful settlement to the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.”
“The fallout of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis and the military and security escalation of the crisis are, in addition to the painful humanitarian consequences, all are a significant challenge to international peace and a challenge to the proper functioning of supply systems worldwide. This crisis and its consequences are a significant challenge to international cooperation and the world system, which is based on the respect of law and the United Nations Charter. And thus we invite the parties to dialogue and peace negotiations on the basis of the principle of harming no one. This should also be based on respect of state sovereignty and the policy of good neighborliness and understanding the root causes of the crisis.”
“Regrettably, Russia’s war against Ukraine continues with devastating effects especially on civilians. We condemn the attempt to redraw international borders by force. This war must end. The price is too high. It is time for peace.”
“We support the proposal of Colombian President Gustavo Petro to convene a world conference for peace in Ukraine and Palestine. We call for addressing these issues in a balanced and cautious manner, reducing tensions, and promoting confidence-building measures, not only in the Eastern European region but also on the Korean Peninsula and in Western Asia. We are confident that this will create a conducive environment for the success of diplomatic efforts for peace.”
“Resolving global conflicts and disputes by peaceful means is the only viable way to ensure long-lasting peace and coexistence. In this regard, we urge an immediate end to the conflict in Ukraine through peaceful dialogues without which we all would continue to be impacted.”
“Despite the fact that so many tragedies have struck and are still shaking the family of nations this year, amid natural disasters, severe food security problems and political instability, causing anguish, hardship and uncertainty about the future, the Russian attack on Ukraine remains one of the most painful and bleeding wounds, which instead of healing is widening and deepening. Undoubtedly, in more than 18 months of war we have witnessed the admirable, ever-renewed commitment of so many Countries to help the battered Ukraine defend its people and its territory.
Unfortunately, however, this has not been accompanied by an equal effort to find ways in which the confrontation can be overcome. We remain far from true encounter and dialogue, so as to put an end to the hatred, destruction and death, to open paths of peace and reconstruction. This is what the Holy See, apart from its humanitarian assistance, hopes for and seeks to promote with each of its countless appeals and initiatives, dependent on the cooperation of all international actors.”
“The war of aggression against Ukraine brought dramatic consequences for the civilian population, including civilian death, the destruction of vital infrastructures, and massive displacement. San Marino condemns the Russian aggression against Ukraine and supports Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.
At the same time, San Marino welcomes all international efforts for a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in Ukraine in line with the UN Charter, the resolutions of the General Assembly, and international law.”
“Of the topics raised during the High-Level Week, few were as frequent, consistent, or as charged as that of the Ukraine war. The international community is clear that political independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity must be respected, and violence must end.
These are calls grounded in the UN Charter. That this war is being perpetrated by a permanent member of the Security Council is unconscionable; that it has rekindled decades-old fears of the use of nuclear weapons is unthinkable.”