Groups protest at Washington, DC denouncing Russian aggression in Ukraine | Photo via USF4GG Facebook
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a resolution that quickly followed Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, the leaders of the US Filipinos for Good Governance (USF4GG) condemned the Russian invasion in the strongest possible terms.
The resolution echoed the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who declared that the premeditated invasion is a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and violated the principles of the Charter of the United Nations. Although a former member of the Russian Federation, Ukraine broke away when the USSR collapsed following the Russians’ defeat and expulsion by the Afghan Taliban rebels. For 20 years, Ukraine has been an ally of the US and the European Union.
Of interest to the Philippines and other Southeast Asian Nations, the resolution also declared that China supports Putin’s occupation of Ukraine as a quid pro quo and as a pretext for China to stage a military takeover of Taiwan and eventually the West Philippine Sea.
If Russia successfully invades Ukraine, the Fil-Am leaders fear that it will embolden other world despots like China’s Xi Jinping to invade their small democratic neighbors like Taiwan and conceivably extend its hegemonic power over the Philippines and other smaller nations.
USF4GG’s resolution also urges the Philippine government to join the global outcry against the invasion and to declare their support of US President Biden’s and NATO’s economic sanctions and other measures adopted by the UN General Assembly to defend the human rights, democratic government, and sovereignty of the Ukrainian People.
A complete text of the resolution is found here.