EXARC Statement concerning the Russian Federation’s invasion into Ukraine

EXARC strongly condemns the violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine by the military forces of the Russian Federation.

We are aligned with our colleagues at ICOM, ICOMOS and NEMO in calling for the end to this major humanitarian crisis and the destruction of Ukraine's heritage and culture.

We call on all parties to adhere to international rules related to cultural heritage in armed conflicts.

EXARC expresses its deep concern about the implications this uncertainty will have on the safety and security of EXARC members, museum personnel and the cultural heritage in Ukraine.

We echo NEMO’s concern that in these moments we remain committed in pursuing a world that upholds peace, prosperity, human rights, and respect for all people. Let our shared human cultural heritage allow us to learn from our past and act in fellowship across the World.