PRESS RELEASE 2.21.23
February 24, marks the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This unprovoked attack has brought untold injury, suffering, destruction, and death to tens of thousands of innocent civilians, and displaced and endangered many others.
The Jewish community of Northeastern Pennsylvania stands with the victims and the sovereignty of the Ukrainian nation. Furthermore, the conflict has affected the world supply of grains and other foodstuffs, threatening food shortages in many regions of the world dependent on Ukrainian supplies, bringing further suffering to millions around the globe.
Although in this day and age, international mechanisms to address differences between countries exist, Russia has rejected any such solution and engaged in deliberate distortions and brutality to exert its will by force. Further, Russia has threatened to expand the conflict to other neighboring countries.
We pray for a quick halt to the current hostilities. We hope that a just, non-military resolution can be reached which will soon end the senseless killing and violations of international norms and hold violators of those norms and laws accountable.