World condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine drew worldwide condemnation.

Several international organizations took swift action to isolate and sanction Russia and to provide assistance to Ukraine. Here are some reactions:

Council of Europe

“This is a dark hour for Europe and everything it stands for.” — Marija Pejčinović Burić, secretary general of the Council of Europe.

On February 25, the Council of Europe suspended all representatives of Russia from participation in the pan-European rights body’s Committee of Ministers and its parliament.

European Commission

“Putin is trying to subjugate a friendly European country. He is trying to redraw the map of Europe by force. He must and he will fail.” — Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.


“The Kremlin’s aim is to re-establish its sphere of influence, rip up the global rules that have kept us all safe for decades, and subvert the values that we hold dear.” — NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

“Not only is it a grave breach of OSCE principles, more importantly, the lives of millions of people are put at grave risk.” — Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau and chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

United Nations

“President Putin, in the name of humanity, bring your troops back to Russia.” — António Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations.