IRZ is appalled and outraged by the unilateral military aggression of Russian forces in Ukraine and condemns this war of aggression, which is contrary to international law and is bringing endless suffering to the people of Ukraine. We have a long-standing partnership-based collaboration with both Ukraine and Russia. In doing so, we and our experts have always worked with our partner institutions in both countries in a way that is politically neutral. We are giving our full solidarity and support to Ukraine during these times.

This is a difficult situation and a test for Europe, for the principles of democracy and the rule of law! Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are now fleeing the country and are dependent on humanitarian aid. Our thoughts and prayers are with the colleagues, friends and acquaintances who have been unable to leave the country or who are forced to stay.

We will continue to monitor events and hope for an early end to the conflict and that Ukraine can continue on its independent path of democratic reform and rule of law. At the same time, we see the events as a call to continue to work tirelessly for a free democratic social order, for human rights and for the standards of international law.

Christian Lange 

Dr. Frauke Bachler
General Director

Dr. Stefan Hülshörster