Standing in Solidarity with Ukraine
Dear Molecular Imaging Community,
The World Molecular Imaging Society is horrified by the shocking violence and loss of life as a result of unprovoked aggression led by Vladimir Putin. It is with great sadness and disbelief that we watch the current military actions that are being carried out in Ukraine. These actions are unwarranted and initiated under the justification of a lie. The WMIS condemns this attack on democracy.
We stand in solidarity with Ukraine, its people, and Ukrainian imaging scientists as they face efforts to destabilize their nation. We also stand in support of the many courageous Russian citizens who condemn Putin’s actions as they put their own personal safety at risk for democracy and freedom.
As the crisis unfolds and war efforts escalate, the Ukrainian people will need support from around the world. We urge you to find a way to donate and we have listed several organizations that are supporting humanitarian efforts.
The Molecular Imaging community will continue to hold the Ukrainian people and their loved ones in our thoughts and prayers. Several WMIS members have reached out with statements of support and we urge you to share your thoughts and concerns for those people who are involved.
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Carolyn Anderson, PhD
Julie Sutcliffe, PhD
Vladimir Putin, a brutal Russian dictator unleashed an unprovoked war against Ukraine a sovereign country. Homes or private citizens, hospitals, and airports are being bombed and destroyed. The lives of people are being shattered. Children are killed. As someone who was born in Russia, I am horrified, ashamed, and outraged for what my former country is doing. I stand with the people of Ukraine and Ukrainian imaging scientists and strongly condemn Russian aggression. I know that fascist Putin will be defeated and put on international trial for his crimes against humanity, just like it happened in Nuremberg. Pray for Ukraine and its people.
Anna Moore PhD
Michigan State University
Canada has a huge Ukrainian community of which my husband and his family are a part of. We are deeply saddened by the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. We stand with all people of Ukraine and the innocent Russian citizens who will also suffer. We strongly condemn the Russian aggression.
Paula J. Foster, Ph.D.
Robarts Research Institute
Let’s stand together against this inhuman aggression against Ukraine. I hope for prompt actions from the west and the rest of the world to stop this unnecessary violence.
Vladimir Ponomarev, M.D., Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
As a German-American, I am deeply disturbed by the invasion of Ukraine by Russian soldiers. I am worried that history is repeating itself. Today, Ukranian citizens are standing up to fight and refugees are heading for the borders. Tomorrow, all of our lives might be in danger. We have to stand up for our values: Integrity, Honesty, Compassion. It is not “us” against “them”. Many of the Russian people do not want war either. Russian citizens are demonstrating on the streets. Russian mothers are mourning as coffins of their family members return to them from the war zone. President Zelensky eloquently summarized in his inspiring speech: The people can stop this. With action. Now.
Heike E. Daldrup-Link, M.D., Ph.D.
I am horrified watching the news from Ukraine. I am Polish but my family has roots in Ukraine and Russia and my heart breaks seeing the struggle and bravery of the Ukrainian people. The situation affects all of us, including scientists. Do not think that Putin is somewhere far away.
Izabela Tworowska, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Canada’s population is made up of 1.2 million people of Ukrainian descent. As a Canadian, I am outraged by the Russian invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine, and am pleased that the Canadian government has met its goal of $10 million to help Ukrainians in their time of need. I also reject the European colonial perspective that centers whiteness and dehumanizes brown and Black victims of ongoing global conflicts. As a feminist, I recognize that Ukrainian women will suffer sexual violence, and Ukrainian men will be torn from their families, as a result of the patriarchy of the military. Everyone is deserving of peace, dignity, and recognition of their full humanity and liberation.
Savita Dhanvantari Ph.D.
Lawson Health Research Institute