The IMS strongly condemns the unprovoked Russian aggression towards Ukraine and its People, leading to an unjust war that is creating a deplorable humanitarian crisis and causing deaths, injuries, and displacement of innocent civilians, including colleagues and their families in the Ukrainian mathematical, statistical, and scientific communities.
The IMS is committed not only to pursuing mathematical, statistical, and scientific knowledge, but also to improving its human side. We stand with all IMS members, especially those from Ukraine and Russia, who are trying to make the world a better, safer, and peaceful place, in ways big and small.
Furthermore, the IMS fully endorses the following joint statement by the National Academies of G7 States and published on 2 March 2022:
“The unprovoked attack against Ukraine, a democratic and independent country, is a blatant violation of international law and of core values of humanity. The Russian invasion is an assault on the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy and self-determination, which provide the basis for academic freedom and opportunities for scientific exchange and cooperation.
In this dark hour, our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with the people of Ukraine. We are determined to support the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the scientific community and the scientists in Ukraine.
We acknowledge the Russian scientists and citizens who are ashamed of this attack and speak out against the war.
We call on the Russian leadership to immediately cease all military action against Ukraine and put an end to this war.”