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Ukraine: Taliban Releases Statement Regarding Russian Invasion

Ukraine: Taliban Releases Statement Regarding Russian Invasion
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Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine has been extremely shocking. Like many governments around the world, the Taliban released a statement.

The second day of Vladimir Putin's military invasion of Ukraine ended with at least 137 people, both Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, allegedly killed on the first day of the attack.

The world has been reacting to Russia's attack on Ukraine. The Russian President's operations have been "condemned by several nations."

The United Kingdom, European Union, and the United States have not only slammed Russia for its "barbaric" use of missiles but are preparing to enforce severe sanctions unlike anything ever seen in human history.

The new Taliban government also released a statement this morning addressing the situation.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the new Afghanistan government, released the statement that stated that they are "closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and expresses concern about the real possibility of civilian casualties."

They call for "restraint by both parties," saying that "all sides need to desist from taking positions that could intensify violence."

The statement continued: "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in line with its foreign policy of neutrality, calls on both sides of the conflict to resolve the crisis through dialogue and peaceful means."

It also called on the parties involved to "pay attention to safeguarding the lives of Afghan students and migrants in Ukraine."

This is one of the most neutral statements released since Russia's attack. While it did not take Russia's side, it did not show the evident criticism expressed by many other countries.

Myanmar's military junta has expressed support for Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It placed itself at odds with most communities who had condemned the military action when General Zaw Min Tun, a spokesperson for Myanmar's military council, told VOA Burmese: "Russia has worked to consolidate its sovereignty. I think this is the right thing to do... to show the world that Russia is a world power."

However, Myanmar's "government in exile" issued a statement in a tweet declaring support for Ukraine.

According to Sky News, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: "I will not trigger a European war. But what I will do is help Ukraine fight in every street with every piece of equipment we can get to them… Putin is not rational. He doesn't believe the Baltic states are really countries. We all have to stand up to him."

This is after Prime Minister Boris Johnson talked about the possibility of Putin facing war crime charges over this Ukraine invasion. He said that "anyone who sends a Russian into battle to kill innocent Ukrainians" could be brought to court.

He also mentioned working with allies to set up a "particular international war crimes tribunal for those involved in war crimes in the Ukraine theatre."

The Taliban's call for peace through amicable means is noted, although they seized Afghanistan through no such means.