Joint Statement on Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 24: Anti-war demonstrators and Ukrainians living in the U.S. protest against Russia’s military operation in Ukraine in Lafayette Park on February 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24th. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The undersigned Maltese civil society organisations condemn Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of peaceful Ukraine and voice their solidarity both with Ukrainains and with the Russian people who are subjugated and repressed by Putin.

The Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo has said “might is not right”. We urge the Government of Malta to put words into action and:

  1. support any and all targeted sanctions up to the highest level of the Russian government, as well as broad sanctions that will reduce Russia’s ability to conduct warfare;
  2. end the sale of passports to Russian elites, who have benefited from Putin’s corruption;
  3. indefinitely suspend bilateral agreements with Russia;
  4. expel Russian diplomats, who work in support of the illegal invasion of Ukraine.

We also urge the Maltese government to show support and solidarity to the Ukrainian people to:

  1. halt all forced returns of Ukrainians;
  2. grant, as a minimum, Subsidiary Protection to all Ukrainian asylum-seekers;
  3. release Ukrainians detained with a view to removal;
  4. accept all Ukrainian visa applications.

  • The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation
  • SOS Malta
  • Integra Foundation
  • aditus foundation
  • Jesuit Refugee Service Malta
  • Repubblika