Family of Ukrainian refugees - father holds a child in his arms

A father holds a child in his arms, as a family of Ukrainian refugees participate in an activity for children at the AIDRom offices in Bucharest, Romania, where they have been offered shelter. Following the Russian military invasion in Ukraine starting on 24 February 2022, more than half a million refugees have fled across the Ukrainian border into Romania.


War is a context inherently conducive to such brutality, which underlines the need for systems of legal accountability to prosecute perpetrators, in order to curb the worst in humanity,” said Sauca. "Moreover, it underscores the urgent necessity of bringing this terrible conflict to an immediate end, for the sake of preventing yet more death, injury and destruction of communities.”

Sauca added: "We appeal to those responsible for conceiving, pursuing and supporting this war, to stop the bloodshed and destruction, and to save the lives of all the children, women and men in the way of their ambition."

WCC statement on evidence of atrocities in Ukraine

WCC convenes roundtable on Ukraine, calls for diplomacy instead of threats, dialogue instead of confrontation (WCC press release 30 March 2022)

Church response to refugees, “I’m seeing the image of God in you" (WCC news release 24 March 2022)