We, the rural civil sector movements in Europe, representing more than 40 countries and half of the European population living in rural areas, have been deeply shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and offer our solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
In order to spare civilians, we call on all involved to enhance their efforts towards a civilized solution of the conflict and cease fire.
We support the statement of the Red Cross, calling urgently on parties to the conflict not to forget their obligations under international humanitarian law. They must ensure the protection of the civilian population and those no longer taking part in the fighting, such as detainees or the wounded and sick. International humanitarian law is clear: all parties to the conflict have a legal obligation to ensure that military operations are planned and conducted in a way as to ensures the protection of civilians and civilian objects.
Read more in the Solidarity declaration for the people of Ukraine