On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale war with Ukraine.

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On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale war with Ukraine. Russian troops insidiously attacked, including from the territory of Belarus. The attack is aimed at large cities and infrastructure. Hundreds of Ukrainians have already died and even more have been wounded since the war. Russian soldiers are shelling Ukrainian airports, power plants, hospitals, kindergartens, as well as residential buildings, civilian cars and ambulances. The Russian invasion is an economic, environmental, humanitarian and cultural catastrophe that will have far-reaching consequences for our country, the entire European community, and the world. The Russian Federation seeks to capture Kyiv and attack the surrounding cities. Constant rocket fire, attacks by sabotage groups, attempts to sow chaos and panic – today’s realities of the capital and many other Ukrainian cities. The occupying forces are destroying cultural heritage sites: for example, the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum in the Kyiv region burned down yesterday. Military action threatens the preservation of museum collections throughout Ukraine, including cultural heritage in Kiev.

We are grateful to the international museum community for condemning Russian and Belarusian crimes and acts in violation of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the Venice Charter. We appeal to all museums in the world that uphold democratic values. The last few years have clearly shown that the world’s museums have transformed from the treasuries of their nations, territories of conflict, into mouthpieces and diplomatic platforms capable of promoting unity on the basis of universal values. During the pandemic, museums visited almost every home and mobile device through social networks. Museums supported people and even became a consolation in times of moral oppression. The Ukrainians have been holding their defense steadily for the fourth day. Today, the citizens of Ukraine are writing a new history – a history of extraordinary unity, demonstration of true universal values, upholding the right to freedom and love for the Motherland.

That is why today we call on the museum community to become new unifying media, to inform communities about what is really happening in Ukraine, to spread information about how Ukrainians can be supported.

We hope for your solidarity in Ukraine’s struggle for peace and active actions in support of Ukrainians.

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