Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor

Statement of the Armenian Civil Society on Putin’s Aggression Against Ukraine

February 27, 2022

Joint | Announcements

The large-scale bloody aggression unleashed by Russia against independent and sovereign Ukraine is a crime as is any other attempt to resolve a conflict by military warfare.


By ignoring all mediation attempts by the international community to resolve issues through diplomacy, by rejecting all offers to avoid unjustified military attack, by employing militaristic rhetoric of threats and intimidation, V. Putin instigated a situation that bears consequences unprecedented since WWII in their severity.


Russia’s actions are rooted in norms and values that are incompatible with those of a rule-of-law state. Moreover, by this war, V. Putin challenges the entire civilized order.


For us, the citizens of Armenia, the consequences of attempts to resolve conflicts by military force are more than obvious; we lived through them during the 44-Day war unleashed on us by Aliev’s regime.


Considering the real potential risks of Armenia’s being dragged into the conflict, we urge the Armenian government not only to condemn Russia’s aggression but also take active measures to exclude any participation or engagement of any Armenian citizen in this inhumane enterprise.


Armenian authorities must be consistent in their adherence to resolve conflicts by peaceful means and not with force and the threat of war. In the meantime, we  demand   that the government make necessary arrangements to send humanitarian assistance to those suffering from the conflict.


1. Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly-Vanadzor

2. “Asparez” Journalists’ Club

3. Women’s Rights House

4. Centre for community mobilization and support NGO

5. Peace Dialogue NGO

6. Helsinki Association for Human Rights NGO

7. "Free Citizen" Civic Initiatives Support Center NGO

8. Armenian Progressive Youth NGO

9. Restart Gyumri - Initiative Centre NGO

10. Women's resource center NGO

11. Protection of Rights without Borders

12. Pink human rights defender NGO

13. Non-Discrimination and Equality Coalition

14. Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists

15. Public Journalism Club

16. For Equal Rights educational center NGO

17. Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation

18. Gayane Shagoyan

19. Gagik Babakhanyan, psychiatrist


21․ Diaserv Ltd

22․ Vardan Hambardzumyan, Citizen of Armenia

23․ Cultural and Social Narratives Laboratory NGO

24․ Armen Aghajanov, Citizen of Armenia

25․ Cinemart youth NGO

26․ Progress of Gyumri CSDC

27․ V. Babayan, Nedherlands

28․ Hayk Tarposhyan, Citizen of Armenia

29․ Arman Harutyunyan, Citizen of Armenia

30․ Anton Ivchenko, HCAV

31. New Generation Humanitarian NGO

32. Spitak Helsinki Group Human Rights NGO

33. Alla Manvelyan

34. Ohanyan Grigor

35. Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women

36. Sexual Assault Crisis Center

37․ Larissa Minassian





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