Kyiv, 24 February 2022 (MIA) – European Council President, Charles Michel, has condemned in the strongest possible terms “Russia’s unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine”, announcing further sanctions package by the European Union, to be discussed by EU leaders later on Thursday in Brussels.
Michel said the EU will continue to provide strong political, financial and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and its people, and called on Russia and Russia-backed armed formations to respect international humanitarian law.
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms Russia’s unprecedented military aggression against Ukraine. By its unprovoked and unjustified military actions, Russia is grossly violating international law and undermining European and global security and stability,” reads Michel’s press statement.
The European Council President called on Russia to immediately cease hostilities, withdraw its military from Ukraine and fully respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.
“Such use of force and coercion has no place in the 21st century,” says Michel.
The European Council President says the EU leaders will meet later today to discuss the crisis and further restrictive measures that will impose massive and severe consequences on Russia for its action.
He adds that President von der Leyen will outline a further sanctions package being finalized by the European Commission and which the Council will swiftly adopt.
“We deplore the loss of life and humanitarian suffering. The EU and its Member States are ready to urgently provide humanitarian emergency response. The EU stands firmly by Ukraine and its people as they face this unparalleled crisis,” adds the press statement.