[CODATA-international] CODATA Statement on the War in Ukraine

Kostiantyn Yefremov k.yefremov at wdc.org.ua
Thu Mar 3 21:05:11 EST 2022

Dear friends!

Let me, on behalf of the World Data Center for Geoinformatics and
Sustainable Development team and the Ukrainian scientific community,
express gratitude for the words of support expressed in the CODATA
Statement on the War in Ukraine and your personal messages and letters. It
is very important for each of us to feel the support of friends and
colleagues in this difficult time!

I'm afraid that you do not quite accurately imagine the scale of what is
happening in Ukraine. Russia is waging a full-scale war on the Ukrainian
territory. The Russian army has invaded along the entire length of the
border between Ukraine and Russia, and is also attacking from the territory
of the Republic of Belarus (the total length of the border is about 3,000

The Russian army uses aviation, rocket artillery, vacuum and cluster bombs.
The Russian army cannot achieve superiority over the Ukrainian military and
launches rocket and bomb attacks on civilian targets, killing and injuring
civilians. Entire residential areas of a number of large Ukrainian cities
were destroyed, including Kharkov, Sumy, Chernihiv. Constantly carried out
rocket attacks on the capital of Ukraine, the city of Kyiv. Many small
towns were affected. Tonight, as I am writing this letter, Russian troops
are shelling the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, Europe's largest nuclear
power plant, from tanks, and a fire has already started on the territory of
the plant.

The tragedy of this war has already affected every family in Ukraine. Putin
declared denazification as one of the goals of the war, which implies the
destruction of Ukrainian culture, traditions and their bearers - i.e.

Reliable information about the course of military operations and the basic
needs of the defenders of Ukraine is published quite quickly on the website
https://war.ukraine.ua/ and twitter https://twitter.com/StratcomCentre.

We are very grateful to the international community for their help. Thanks
to the international support of partners from all over the world, the armed
forces of Ukraine are now holding back the onslaught of one of the
strongest armies in the world. We understand that Putin will not stop to
the conquest of Ukraine. In future plans - to unite under the auspices of
Russia all the countries of the Warsaw Pact, which threatens to destroy the
fragile balance of global security.

Therefore, it is now extremely important for all progressive forces to
unite and repulse the aggressor in all possible directions. Tough times
call for tough decisions. We encourage the international scientific
community to express their support for Ukraine not only in words but also
in deeds. In addition to the sanctions imposed by your countries, we ask
you to initiate the termination of all forms of cooperation with Russian
scientific organizations (including the consideration of applications for
new projects, the termination of funding for existing projects, the
temporary exclusion/restriction of participation in the international
scientific councils and unions, and etc.).

We also urge you to temporarily suspend Russia's membership in CODATA.

We have many great colleagues in Russia, we know them personally, we know
that many of them do not support the government's actions to attack
Ukraine. But now we are not talking about individuals. The proposed
restrictions should concern institutions. It so happened that Russian
scientific and educational institutions are one of the pillars of the
current regime in Russia. Therefore, it is extremely important to send a
strong signal to such organizations through the introduction of

With hope for the victory of Ukraine and  all progressive forces,

Kostiantyn V. Yefremov
, PhD
Director, World Data Center for Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development

National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic
Address: 37, Peremohy ave., 03056, Kyiv, Ukraine.
Phone: (+380 44) 204 8014
Fax: (+380 44) 204 8153
E-mail: k.yefremov at wdc.org.ua
Web: http://www.wdc.org.ua

ср, 2 мар. 2022 г. в 17:24, Asha CODATA <asha at codata.org>:

> CODATA joins with our parent body, the International Science Council
> <https://council.science/current/news/isc-statement-ukraine/> (ISC), with other
> partners, including ISC members
> <https://council.science/statements-international-scientific-community-conflict-ukraine/>,
> in stating its deep dismay and concerns about the military operations being
> carried out in Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis.
> As the Committee on Data of the ISC, we call for the respect for
> international humanitarian law, and the preservation of scientific
> institutions and their valuable data resources. Most of all, we demand that
> the safety and well-being of our fellow scientists, data experts and
> colleagues be maintained.
> Ukraine and Russia are both members of CODATA, and we work closely with
> many dear colleagues and friends at scientific and data institutes in both
> countries. Kyiv, now under attack, hosted the 2008 CODATA Conference and is
> the location of our partner organisations, the World Data Centre for
> Geoinformatics and Sustainable Development <http://wdc.org.ua/>, the Igor
> Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute <https://kpi.ua/en> and the National
> Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
> <https://www.nas.gov.ua/EN/pages/default.aspx>. Many colleagues from
> these institutes, colleagues who have attended CODATA conferences and
> workshops, and young scientist alumni of our training activities, remain in
> Kyiv and are in danger. These women and men are our scientific colleagues,
> our partners in advancing the science of data and our friends in global
> collaborative work to use data better. Their freedom to pursue their
> scientific and human activities and their safety is paramount.
> CODATA’s mission <https://codata.org/about-codata/our-mission/> is to
> connect data and people to advance science and improve our world.  We exist
> to bring scientists and data experts together to share knowledge and to
> collaborate across borders.  Our origins lie in the bold and determined
> actions of scientists reaching across the Cold War divides in the great
> data gathering exercises of the International Geophysical Year of 1958, and
> subsequent concerted efforts to gather fundamental reference data in a host
> of research domains. We will continue to work in this spirit with all our
> colleagues. As stated by ISC we are “committed to continue advancing the
> equal participation and collaboration between scientists in all countries
> in its activities and the principle of the free and responsible practice of
> science which is enshrined in its statutes
> <https://council.science/what-we-do/freedoms-and-responsibilities-of-scientists/>
> ”.
> The Officers, Executive Committee and Secretariat of CODATA are united in
> their wish for a peaceful resolution and are committed to the
> internationalism and collaboration that has been a notable feature of
> CODATA’s history.
> *CODATA Officers and Executive Committee, 2 March 2022*
> Download the above statement
> <https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/CODATA-Statement-on-Ukraine-FINAL.pdf>
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