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Statement by members of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in connection with the acute military conflict in Ukraine

March 11, 2022

We, the members of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, appeal
to the scientists of Russia and all countries of the world.

Many years of confrontation in Ukraine accompanied by the death and
deprivation of civilians led to an acute military conflict. We consider it
extremely important to reach the ceasefire and peaceful settlement through
the negotiation process. We are seriously concerned about lives and health
of people, including our colleagues - scientists, who are in the war zone on
the territory of Donbass and Ukraine.

We call for an immediate resolution of humanitarian issues related, first of
all, to ensuring the security and living conditions of the civilian
population. We appeal to all parties to ensure the safety of scientific,
educational, and cultural institutions, monuments of historical heritage. Of
particular importance is preventing the destruction of nuclear power plants,
chemical industry objects, and other critical infrastructure facilities.

We urge our colleagues from all countries around the world, national
academies of sciences, international and national scientific associations,
as well as our other partners in the scientific and educational space, to
refrain from positions and actions dictated not by the interests of science,
but by the political environment and the acuteness of the situation. We
condemn any attempts to exert political pressure on researchers, teachers,
graduate students and students on the grounds of nationality or citizenship.

We call on the global scientific community to continuе and develop
cooperation, strengthen international scientific and educational ties, and
prevent any attempts to restrict access to international scientific
infrastructure, publication opportunities, and open databases.

We consider it necessary to intensify scientific diplomacy and strengthen
the movement of scientists for peace, international security, conflict
resolution, reduction of military tension and prevention of the threat of
nuclear war.


The text of the Statement was published on March 07, 2022 on the official
website of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Russian and English

The text of the Statement is also posted on the official website of the
Russian Pugwash Committee under the Presidium of the Russian Academy of
Sciences <http://www.pugwash.rul> .
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