|The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is shocked by the recent invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation military and condemns in the strongest possible terms this aggression towards a democratic state which posed no threat to the Russian Federation. This war has no reasonable basis. ISCB stands in solidarity with Ukraine and unequivocally supports UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call to end this senseless war. He stated on Feb. 23, “I must say, President Putin: In the name of humanity bring your troops back to Russia. In the name of humanity, do not allow to start in Europe what could be the worst war since the beginning of the century, with consequences not only devastating for Ukraine, not only tragic for the Russian Federation, but for the entire world”. Our deepest sympathy goes out to our Ukrainian research colleagues, the Ukrainian people, our Russian research colleagues who have openly condemned the actions of the Russian Federation government and all those around the world who have been affected by this invasion.
ISCB is deeply committed to peace and condemns any form of violence, harassment, and bullying. We are also committed to peaceful co-operation, mutual understanding, and tolerance across borders. ISCB recognizes that the actions of the Russian Federation government are not only crimes against the Ukrainian people but also crimes against the Russian people. We urge scientists and institutions to avoid cutting ties with Russian scientists — a move that would further increase the isolation of Russian science.
ISCB stands in solidarity with all who are working tirelessly to protect and safeguard democracy, human life and dignity. We continue to hope for reflection, restraint, and a swift end to the crisis.