Dear Mr. President:
We appeal to you at a difficult time for Ukraine and the entire Ukrainian people, when the Kremlin's aggressive actions have become critical. This morning, February 24, Russia declared war on our Ukraine and launched a large-scale offensive. Explosions can be heard in many large cities. Kharkiv, Mariupol, Lutsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Uman and other cities were hit by missiles, killing civilians. The situation is rapidly exacerbated by the humanitarian crisis caused by panic triggered by an information attack from Russia.
We appeal to you, not only as the President of the United States of America, but as one of the guarantors of security for Ukraine in connection with its accession to the Budapest Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Suffice it to express constant concern and other inappropriate tolerances such as "threat" and "call". The time has come for decisive action, on the speed of which the lives of millions of Ukrainians and beyond depend. The whole of Europe, as well as the United States itself, is now in a state of danger that European leaders have belittled or eliminated.
We call on you, as the leader of world democracy, which the United States is for the whole world, to immediately bring NATO troops to full readiness, who today are the only ones with real strength to stop Russia's clumsy and multinational demoralized army from further aggression.
Mr. President, the United States, which has become one of the guarantors of security for Ukraine, must immediately begin fulfilling its commitment to Ukraine on December 5, 1994, to protect Ukraine from the Kremlin's criminal actions. Ukraine's accession to NATO as a powerful global system for defending democracy and freedom of choice should be unblocked as soon as possible. Only the resolute and consolidated actions of the United States and other world leaders, based on peace and justice, can protect European civilization from falling into the abyss of chaos of war and immorality.
Mr. President, do everything possible now to stop the aggressor's attack on Ukraine.
We jointly ask God to bless our people in this bitter time of trial.
With a call to active love in Christ,
Bishop of Philadelphia
February 24, 2022