Statement of the Ruralia Association

The Ruralia Association strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine by troops of the Russian Federation. The responsibility for the attack on Ukraine and all its consequences for the people lies solely with the government of Russia. We reject attacks on the territory of a sovereign state in violation of international law as a means of policy and fully endorse the statement of the President of the European Commission of February 24, 2022, and the resolution of the UN of March 2, 2022. We call upon all parties to the war to respect cultural heritage and refrain from any action which might risk damage to or destruction of historical monuments.

Violence, disregard for national and international law, especially disregard for human rights, civil liberties, and scientific freedom, pose a grave threat to the scientific system. Scientific progress needs peace, legal security, and the freedom to exchange ideas without hindrance across state borders.