The launch of military actions by Russia in Ukraine (Statement by Foreign Minister HAYASHI Yoshimasa)
February 24, 2022
- On February 24, Russia launched military actions in Ukraine.
- These actions clearly infringe upon the Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, constitute a serious violation of international law prohibiting use of force, and are a grave breach of the United Nations Charter. Any unilateral change of the status quo by force is totally unacceptable. This is an extremely serious situation that shakes the foundation of international order not only in Europe but also in Asia. Japan condemns the actions in the strongest terms. Japan strongly urges Russia to cease the attack and withdraw its forces back to Russian territory immediately.
- Japan will continue to make efforts to improve the situation in cooperation with the international community, including G7, standing with Ukraine and its people.