WASHINGTON (March 24, 2022)—On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. The invasion has led to widespread destruction across the country and scores of civilians have been killed, injured and displaced. According to the U.N., more than 10 million people have fled their homes since the invasion began. Russia’s assault on Ukraine continues.   

Following is a statement from Ani Dasgupta, President & CEO, World Resources Institute:  

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a blatant and unprovoked act of aggression against a sovereign nation. WRI condemns the invasion and violence that have led to tragedy for millions of Ukrainian citizens and residents. We hold in our hearts the many lives lost and stand with the Ukrainian people bravely fighting for their freedom.   

“We are horrified by the violence and worsening humanitarian crisis, and urge a peaceful and just resolution to this conflict as quickly as possible.   

“Global crises do not begin or end in a vacuum. The Russian invasion of Ukraine is already causing serious disruptions to energy and food systems, with devastating consequences for people in the region and around the world. The war may also divert political will, focus and resources needed to tackle other global challenges like climate change, poverty and hunger.    

“We have a moral obligation to come together to solve the world’s biggest challenges. It matters more now than ever.”   

WRI experts discussed implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on energy security and global food production in a March 18 press call. Watch the video here.