We have watched in horror the death and destruction arising in recent days in Ukraine, following the Russian military invasion. This act of unprovoked violence on a sovereign country threatens the peace, stability and freedom that underpin the democratic process and development. 
We are joining the wider book sector - authors, publishers, translators, distributors and librarians - in strongly condemning this aggression and calling for immediate ceasefire and restoration of peace. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people as they seek to withstand this outrageous and unwarranted attack. 
The bookselling sector around Europe has come together in solidarity with the people of Ukraine: from booksellers in Italy decorating their bookshop display fronts in blue and yellow in a collective act of unity today to the German book trade producing posters calling for peace and solidarity. 
The EIBF co-President Jean-Luc Treutenaere said: “I am dismayed and horrified by the attacks in Ukraine. Our thoughts are with the Ukrainian people in this difficult time. Culture is one of the cornerstones of our identity and it can only flourish in peaceful times.”