The European Astronomical Society (EAS), the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and African Astronomical Society (AfAS), the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA), the Korean Astronomical Society (KAS), and the Royal Netherlands Astronomical Society (RNAS) have been observing with great concern the events unfolding in Ukraine and fear the adverse consequences for the scientific community, our colleagues, and their families. We have been receiving reports of the dire circumstances they are experiencing: their freedom, safety and even their lives are under threat.

The mission of our societies is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects, including research, communication, education and development through international cooperation. We believe in free expression and free exchange of scientific ideas and in peaceful collaboration at a global level. The current events jeopardise the scientific cooperation within our European community and with the rest of the world.

We are deeply concerned for the Ukrainian community as well as for the entire region. Triggered by the life-threatening situation in which our Ukrainian colleagues find themselves, we wish to encourage members to help wherever possible in this difficult time for Ukraine. Ukrainian astronomers seeking support should contact the Institute of International Education (IIE) scholar rescue fund, which supports refugee scholars and is activating an Ukraine-specific student emergency fund.

Roger Davies, President of the European Astronomical Society (EAS)
Debra Elmegreen, President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Paula Szkody, President of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
Jamal Mimouni, President of the African Astronomical Society (AfAS)
John Lattanzio, President of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA)
Myeong-Gu Park, President of the Korean Astronomical Society (KAS)
Peter Barthel, Chairman of the Royal Netherlands Astronomical Society (RNAS)