- Amidst the ongoing war in Ukraine, hundreds of Nobel Laureates around the world are calling for intervention and an immediate end to the invasion
- Also included is Nigeria's Prof. Wole Soyinka who also wants the provoked military aggression by Russia to be halted
- Meanwhile, the Nobel Laureates made their position known in an open letter as a way of lending their voice and support to the Ukrainian people
One hundred and sixty-eight Nobel Laureates, including Nigeria’s Prof. Wole Soyinka, have called for an immediate halt of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
The Nobel Laureates, in an open letter, voiced their support for the Ukrainian people and the free and independent state of Ukraine as it faced Russian aggression, The New Indian Express reported.
Stating their position
“In a move that recalls the infamous attack of Germany on Poland in 1939 (using similar tricks of feigned provocation) and on the Soviet Union in 1941, the government of the Russian Federation, led by President Putin, has launched an unprovoked military aggression — nothing else but a war — against its neighbor, Ukraine.
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“We choose our words carefully here, for we do not believe the Russian people have a role in this aggression. We join in condemning these military actions and President Putin’s essential denial of the legitimacy of Ukraine’s existence."
According to them, there is always a peaceful way to resolve disputes, saying that the Russian invasion blatantly violated the United Nations Charter, which says, 'All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.'
The Nobel Laureates said the Russian invasion would stain the international reputation of the Russian state for decades to come and that it would pose barriers to its economy and inflict hardships on its population, PM News added.
They added that the sanctions imposed would restrict the ease of movement of its talented and hardworking people in the world.
Meanwhile, 168 Laureates are also supporting Ukraine.
The open letter released by PEN International, the literary and free expression organisation, is addressed to "our friends and colleagues in Ukraine.
Russia-Ukraine war: 1 of Airpeace planes set to arrive Poland to evacuate Nigerians
The Nigerian government is set to evacuate the first set of Nigerians caught up in the war between Russia and Ukraine.
Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission disclosed that the evacuation would commence once the aircraft dispatched by Airpeace lands in Warsaw in a few hours.
According to the chairman of the commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, she is anxiously awaiting the first evacuation of Nigerians from Poland.
Russian invasion: Nigerian volunteer fighters besiege Ukraine Embassy in Abuja
In another report, some Nigerians are interested in helping Ukraine overcome the invasion of its country by Russian forces.
The Ukrainian embassy in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has been besieged by the young Nigerians interested in helping Ukraine.
The situation is the same in several countries as Britons, Americans and Canadians have also offered to help Ukraine.