The entire CEELM team has been following the war in Ukraine unfold with a deep sense of powerless concern. At such a trying time for all our readers, partners, and friends in Ukraine we at CEELM wish to extend our deepest wishes for their safety and the safety of their loved ones. We still hope this unnecessary conflict comes to a swift and peaceful conclusion.
On 24 February 2022, Russia started a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, being part of its aggression against our country commenced in 2014. Europe has not seen armed conflicts of such scale and brutality for decades. Reliable evidence confirms that Russian troops are making indiscriminate attacks including air raids, ballistic missile strikes and bombings. Residential housing, utilities, critical infrastructure are being destroyed all over Ukraine. The United Nations reports at least 240 civilian casualties and 64 deaths in Ukraine as of 26 February 2022. Apart from that, hundreds of thousands of peaceful Ukrainians had to flee violence to Western Ukraine and neighboring countries.