The Embassy of Ukraine in the Netherlands and the Ukrainian Institute have put out a call to suspend any cooperation with Russia.
Suspension of cultural and academic cooperation with Russia shall remain in effect until Russia fully withdraws from Ukraine, including Crimea and the temporarily occupied territories in Donbas, and Russia will be held responsible for its war crimes.
We reiterate and enhance our requests to the international community:
▪️ Refrain from presenting, performing or promoting Russian culture and art until the war in Ukraine is over;
▪️ Suspend Russian participation in international cultural and academic events;
▪️ Boycott events organised by Russian institutions as well as international foundations that are directly and indirectly linked to or funded by Putin’s regime and Russian capital;
▪️ Cancel any cooperation with Russian artists and scholars;
▪️ Remove representatives affiliated with the Russian state or Russian capital from supervisory and advisory boards of your organisations;
▪️ Refuse any donations, funding or sponsorship from Russian organisations, their proxies and affiliates based in other countries.
We consider it inappropriate to invite Ukrainian and Russian artists and culture makers to encourage cooperation, dialogue, or reconciliation while the Russian army keeps killing the Ukrainian people. Whilst respecting pluralism of opinion and the inclusive nature of cultural relations, we ask you not to legitimise Russia-centric, imperialist, and colonial perspectives on Ukraine, its history and culture.
We are grateful to the international community for the overwhelming solidarity with Ukraine and its artists who have found themselves in extremely precarious circumstances. Instead of cooperating with Russia, we encourage you to help the world discover Ukraine. We are willing to provide expertise and advice to such initiatives.
The victory in this war depends on our solidarity and concerted efforts.