Statement Regarding Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Statement of Protest
The full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces, which commenced on February 24th, is a clear violation of international law. We strongly condemn this attack and demand an immediate cessation of military operations, as well as the withdrawal of Russian troops. The situation is becoming more and more dire, and Ukraine is now fighting back against Russia's unilateral aggression.
The Republic of Ukraine declared its independence from the Soviet Union on August 24th, 1991, and Ryukoku University established a Student Exchange Agreement with Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv just four days later, on August 28th, 1991. Until the present day we have sent many students to them, as well as received their students. This makes it impossible for us to overlook the reality of war that Ukrainians across the entire country are facing. The plight of those who are forced to live in fear of war, losing their families, and having their daily lives destroyed in an instant is immeasurable.
Furthermore, Ryukoku University has had a Student Exchange Agreement with the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University in Russia since 1997. We are also aware of the hardships now faced by Russia's citizens who are isolated from the whole world, and we express our solidarity with the courageous people who are protesting in their country. We have witnessed many Ukrainian and Russian students enjoying each other's company at our university and are deeply saddened by the current events.
As already explained in the [Statement by Ryukoku University Volunteers Against Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine], there are five aspects to our "Founding Spirit", based on the spirit of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and which we adhere to for realizing our development as human beings. Of those five, two are [The mind of equality that respects all living beings] and [The mind of peace that aspires for dialogue and co-existence with all people]. We appeal to the entire world to stand up for the realization of peace, based on these two "minds". We also strongly urge not only the concerned countries, but all world rulers to make their utmost diplomatic efforts to bring the current crisis to an end as quickly as possible.
February 28th, 2022
Takashi Irisawa, President
Eiji Hisamatsu, Dean, Center for the Promotion of Global Education
Ryukoku University・Ryukoku University Junior College