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February 23, 2022

Statement of ABA President Reginald Turner Re: Russian Federation actions in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2022 — The American Bar Association (ABA) is gravely concerned by the Russian Federation’s recognition of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) in eastern Ukraine.  The recognition undermines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, in violation of international law, including the UN Charter, and threatens the peace and stability of Ukraine. 

The ABA is also concerned by deployment of Russian troops in these areas and the mass evacuation of residents into the Russian Federation. 

The ABA urges the Russian Federation to return to diplomatic negotiations to resolve disputes in these regions.  

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