Dear Prof. Debra Elmegreen,
President of the International Astronomical Union,
Members of the IAU Executive Committee,
The Ukrainian Astronomical Association as the National society of astronomers of Ukraine asks you to consider our proposal to ban the Russian Federation from all the IAU activities.
The non motivated recent aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has led to a full scale bloody war. We believe that the IAU as other international organisations should not just ignore this aggression and can't be left behind. Such invasion violates international law, jeopardize world peace as well as human rights and does not conform to the civilizational ideals of the 21st century.
We hope that being isolated from the scientific world, Russian scientific societies will find the courage to tell their president to stop the war and can affect on his manic desire to destroy our country, our science and, most importantly, Ukrainian citizens.
on behalf of the Ukrainian astronomical community
Yaroslav Yatskiv, UAA President, Kyiv
Iryna Vavilova, UAA Vice-President on International affairs, Kyiv
Olexander Konovalenko, UAA Vice-President on Observational Science, Kharkiv
Iryna Belskaya, UAA Vice-President on Science in Universities, Kharkiv,
Bohdan Melekh, UAA Vice-President on Higher Education, L'viv
Ivan Andronov, UAA Vice-Presidetn on Outreach, Odesa
Ivan Kryachko, UAA Vice-Presidetn on Education in Secondary School, Kyiv
Igor Lukyanyk, UAA Scientific Secretary, Kyiv