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Russian-Ukraine crisis: Ismail Sabri urged to clarify Malaysia’s position


24 February 2022

By Farah Salim


KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged Prime Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob to clarify Malaysia’s position on the Russian aggression on Ukraine.


“I stand with the international community in condemning the Russian aggression on the sovereign nation of Ukraine. A military conflict at this time brings no benefit to anyone.


“This military action will lead to the tragic loss of innocent life, regional instability and further disruption of the global economy which suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a statement today.


“One cannot march into another country, armed to the hilt, and ask for peace. This is not how rules-based international relations works and cannot be a viable option today or in the future,” he added.


Anwar also calls for an immediate end to the attacks and a renewed diplomatic effort across all channels and avenues to seek a swift return to peace.


“My prayers are with the people of Ukraine who had to wake up to the war and the destruction, fear, and pain that follows. Over 50 casualties have already been reported and many more are reported missing.


“I also remember and pray for the 298 victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 which were shot down over Ukraine in 2014. Their memory remains a testament to the senseless loss of life which happens during war,” he stated.


On Thursday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine.


International media reported Putin had ordered the invasion of Ukraine, describing it as a ‘special military operation’ and not intended to occupy the country.

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