New York, 3 March 2022 (TDI): The Sovereign Order of Malta is supporting the people of Ukraine as they face this crisis because of Russia’s invasion of the country.

These remarks were given by the representative of the Order of Malta to the United Nations during the 11th Emergency Special Session (ESS) of UNGA.

The 11th Emergency Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly convened to resolve the Ukraine Crisis. On 24th February, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine at the behest of its Security Council that convened a day before.

Prior to this, a day before, Russia also recognized the Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk. The Donetsk and Luhansk are a part of the Donbas region that is pro-Russia territory.

Recently, Western countries had been alleging Russia about troops’ deployment on the border of Ukraine. However, Russia had been denying the allegations by claiming that it has no intention to invade Ukraine.

Whilst addressing the 11th ESS, the Representative of the Order vowed that the Order of Malta will continue to support the people of Ukraine, in these trying times that have been imposed upon them.

Following is the Sovereign Order of Malta’s full statement on the Ukraine conflict:

Russia-Ukraine Crisis

One of the main issues of contention between Russia and the EU/US is NATO’s beefed-up defenses in northeastern Europe and Ukraine’s intent to join NATO. A series of negotiations were held between Russian and Western counterparts to avert escalation. Though, that indelibly failed.

According to Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s stance regarding Ukraine is a matter of principle. In this context, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that if attempts to come to terms on mutually acceptable principles fail, Russia will adopt an appropriate response.

Au contraire, the Ukrainian authorities had been alerting the world about a possible invasion. Throughout 2021 and 2022, Russia and the West had been engaged in a diplomatic tussle related to Ukraine.

The West kept accusing Russia of a military buildup on the border of Ukraine whilst Russia kept objecting to NATO’s expansionist agenda that is considered a threat to its strategic security.

Consequently, tensions escalated between the two countries and led to strained bilateral relations. Moreover, despite the United States and EU sending strong messages to warn Russia, the threat of economic isolation couldn’t deter Russia to compromise on what it considers its national interest