The invasion of Ukraine is the greatest test of European solidarity in the past 70 years, said SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.
The SDLP leader said the European continent is on the brink of a terrible conflict fueled by a toxic ideology that can no longer be ignored and called for the strongest possible response from the international community to deal with the situation.
MP Foyle said every political party in Ireland should visibly and vocally stand with Ukraine today.
Colum Eastwood MP said: “The invasion of Ukraine this morning is a breach of a sovereign European democracy and a tragedy for millions of people who have been plunged into a whirlwind of suffering and oppressive uncertainty.
“Parents in Kyiv and Kharkiv put their children to bed last night with the hope that they would be safe. They woke up this morning to the horror of Putin’s airstrikes and gunfire These are the people who will lose the most as the continent of Europe stands on the brink of terrible conflict.
“What happened in Ukraine demands the strongest possible response from the international community, but above all from our European partners. It is the greatest test of European solidarity since the end of the Second World War. , but more than that, it is a test of our common humanity.
“For too long, Putin’s toxic ideology has been allowed to foment discord and division beyond its own borders. He is at war, not just over falsely claimed territory, but against European values of coexistence and respect for difference and diversity.
“The political situation in the Donbass may be complex, but the simple truth is that the tyranny of one is about to bring misery and suffering to millions of people. The sanctions imposed on the regime of Putin must go further than a small handful of oligarchs – they must be tough; it must hurt Moscow and it must threaten its position. It also means dismantling the influence and power of money and political donations in London. of individuals close to the Russian state.
“The natural consequence of such an action is that it will cause economic hardship for us and for other European states as well. It will not be easy, but we must be prepared to shoulder some of the pain to ease the burden. of the Ukrainian people. Every political party in Ireland should visibly and vocally stand in solidarity with them today. We must all be ready to take the necessary steps to end this invasion.