Tibetan leadership express solidarity, condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine 

 Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital was the focal point of much of the initial violence as Russia launched the attack on Ukraine. Image: Reuters

DHARAMSALA, 28 Feb: The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as the political head of the Tibetan people, Penpa Tsering has condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Dalai Lama has said that “I have been deeply saddened by the conflict in Ukraine.”

“Our world has become so interdependent that violent conflict between two countries inevitably impacts the rest of the world. War is out-dated – non-violence is the only way.”

The octogenarian Tibetan leader has further said that “we need to develop a sense of the oneness of humanity by considering other human beings as brothers and sisters. This is how we will build a more peaceful world.

The Tibetan Nobel Laureate lauded around the world as a champion of world peace and human rights defender has added that “problems and disagreements are best resolved through dialogue. Genuine peace comes about through mutual understanding and respect for each other’s wellbeing.”

Describing the 20th century, ”a century of war and bloodshed,” the Dalai Lama has said “21st century must be a century of dialogue” and that we must not lose hope.” 

The Dalai Lama concluded by offering his prayers for a swift restoration of peace in Ukraine.

Expressing solidarity with the Ukrainians, the President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Penpa Tsering has compared the Russian invasion of Ukraine to the Chinese invasion of Tibet.

“As in the Tibetan saying, big insects eat small ones. The invasion of Ukraine reminds us of the invasion of Tibet in 1950,” President Tsering has said in a tweet on Friday.

“Resorting to violence is inhumane and is anachronistic in today’s world. Peace should be restored in Ukraine,” he concluded.

Similarly, exiled Tibetans across the world have strongly condemned the invasion of Ukraine and expressed their solidarity.

Ukraine’s Interior Ministry has said earlier today that 352 Ukrainian civilians have been killed during Russia’s invasion, including 14 children.

As it enters the fifth day since the Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the onslaught- the biggest attack on a European state since World War Two- Ukraine has said that 3,500 Russian troops have been killed since Moscow launched the invasion with over 200 Russian soldiers held as prisoners of war.

 However, in a significant breakthrough amid war, both the countries have agreed to hold talks on the border of Belarus “without preconditions”, media reports quoted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as saying.

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