European Council condemns aggressive war against Ukraine and calls on Russia to withdraw troops and equipment immediately
The European Council condemned Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine and expressed its strong support for our country, its people and its political leadership in the fight against the unprovoked Russian invasion.
This is stated in the conclusions of the European Council on Ukraine, published after the first day of the summit.
"The European Council strongly condemns Russia's aggressive war against Ukraine. It calls on Russia to immediately cease indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, and to withdraw all its troops and military equipment immediately and unconditionally from all over Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. The atrocities committed by the Russian military, the suffering and destruction they have caused, are indescribable, "the document said.
EU leaders stressed that Russia must immediately provide humanitarian access and access to all civilians captured by the war. The European Council expects that international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, will be fully respected, and calls on Russia to immediately pave the way for the safe return of those Ukrainians who have been forcibly deported to Russia.
"The European Council pays tribute to the courage and devotion of the people of Ukraine and its leadership in the struggle to preserve their country's sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom. The European Union is adamant in assisting Ukraine in realizing its inalienable right to self-defense against Russian aggression and in building a peaceful, democratic and prosperous future. In this, it will continue to work closely with international partners, "the document reads.
In a separate section of their conclusions, European leaders noted the need to investigate war crimes committed in Ukraine by Russian invaders and the inevitability of prosecuting all those responsible for these atrocities.