Quotes of the day 24th February 2022
"President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering. Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable."
(US President Joe Biden)
"President Putin of Russia has unleashed war in our European continent. He has attacked a friendly country without any provocation and without any credible excuse. Innumerable missiles and bombs have been raining down on an entirely innocent population."
"If the months ahead are grim, and the flame of freedom burns low. I know that it will blaze bright again in Ukraine.
Because for all his bombs and tanks and missiles I don’t believe that the Russian dictator will ever subdue the national feeling of the Ukrainians and their passionate belief that their country should be free."
"This act of wanton and reckless aggression is an attack not just on Ukraine.
It is an attack on democracy and freedom in East Europe and around the world.
This crisis is about the right of a free, sovereign independent European people to choose their own future.
And that is a right that the UK will always defend."
"Peace on our continent has been shattered.
This is a deliberate, cold-blooded and long-planned invasion. Russia's unjustified, unprovoked attack on Ukraine is putting countless innocent lives at risk with air and missile attacks."
“NATO Allies condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the strongest possible terms,”
“We call on Russia to immediately cease its military action, withdraw its forces from Ukraine, and choose diplomacy.”
“We fully support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and Ukraine’s right of self-defence” Mr. Stoltenberg added.
“We will continue to do whatever is necessary to shield the Alliance from aggression,”
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking after the North Atlantic Council decided today to activate NATO’s defence plans to protect Allied nations during this crisis.
“We condemn this barbaric attack and the cynical arguments that are being used to justify it.”
“We will not allow President [Vladimir] Putin to replace the rule of law, by the rule of force, and ruthlessness. Ukraine will prevail.”
(EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.)