History Department Statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The faculty of the Department of History at Emory University are horrified and deeply saddened by events unfolding in Ukraine on account of the unprovoked and massive invasion by Russian forces. Putin’s government is directly responsible for this war of aggression. As historians, we understand the long struggles of Ukrainians for democracy and peaceful relations with all their neighbors – often against heavy odds. We affirm our solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and we join people of conscience throughout the world calling for crippling sanctions against the Russian regime and for urgent efforts to force an immediate withdrawal of Russian forces, address the humanitarian crisis, and restore democracy in Ukraine.