KI supports the people of Ukraine

Last night’s military aggression against Ukraine must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. For one of the world’s most powerful nations, with access to vast conventional and nuclear arsenals, to act in this way is completely unacceptable and irresponsible. Russia’s inhuman conduct plunges Ukraine into an exceptionally grave situation that risks causing immense human suffering and devastating consequences for the population and takes the entire world into an extremely perilous situation.

Many people have contacted me today and while I haven’t been able to reply to them all, let there be no doubt that KI stands behind and supports the people of Ukraine in this most difficult of times. As the representative of one of the world’s leading medical universities I strongly denounce the military attack that Russia has launched. Military aggression very rarely leads to anything other than human tragedy on a massive scale.

Not to blame

At the same time, it is important not to blame the people of Russia for the violent assault on their neighbouring nation or accuse them of complicity. This is a war driven by the Kremlin and it is against this power base that we must direct our criticism and our demands for an immediate ceasefire.

This act of Russian aggression occurs just as the world has started to emerge from the greatest global health crisis of modern times. If the war in Ukraine escalates, it will lead to a new health crisis. War rips apart functional structures, not least healthcare systems. Armed conflict also causes severe human injury, necessitating an urgent need for emergency care. It’s also likely that we’ll see vast numbers of Ukrainians forcibly displaced from their homes, regions or country. Forcible displacement is a cause of serious hardship and ill health.

Level of preparedness

Together with the director of KI’s recently established Health Emergency and Pandemic Science Centre the KI leadership has begun to raise the level of preparedness in order to provide support and help in the situation that is escalating before our eyes. During the day we will review different scenarios and identify the opportunities we have to swiftly reprioritise and support our fellow Europeans in their current predicament.

We will also engage in dialogue with different international actors as well as academic colleagues in Sweden and abroad.

Vulnerable situation

Our support naturally extends to the students or visiting researchers with a Ukrainian background who have, or have had, relations with KI. I have been informed of cases in which individuals with links to KI are in an extremely vulnerable position. One of many serious concerns is that the ability to travel to and from Ukraine has been suddenly and severely restricted. I’d like to stress that KI is prepared to do whatever we can to provide support and help. Exactly what this entails is an issue that we are now raising with the departments, in the university administration and with our students.

Finally: In an emergency and upsetting situation it is easy to lose our normal sense of judgment. At times of war, we may be subjected to disinformation and pressure from a range of different actors. This is a dangerous combination that can give rise to the spread of exaggerated and false information.

I urge you all to maintain a critical attitude to what you read and hear. Heavily condemning Russia’s conduct and resolutely supporting Ukraine must not lead us into the trap of stigmatising individuals or otherwise fanning the flames of an already serious state of affairs.


Igori Comarovschii

Igori Comarovschii

My name is Igori Comarovschii and I am a neurologist originally from Ukraine. Nowadays, I am affiliated with the research at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institute. I am working on EBRAINS data sharing, EBRAINS CoCreate Artificial Intelligence and support the vision of Human Brain Project and United Nations Agenda 2030 and ontology of Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) as complex adaptive systems. I strongly believe in the need for a High-Level Global Resilient Intelligence Network of convergence scientists within the UN for prediction, prevention, and effective reaction on problems that could be faced on the way towards SDG. If the proposed network already exists or is currently under development I will definitely facilitate it by joining and being hardworking. I am highly motivated to effectively dedicate my life to SDG actively joining collaboration on knowledge integration and actions for common problems. On the level of Karolinska Institute, please let me know how can I join local activities at Karolinska Institute to help Ukraine and our planet! I can speak Swedish, English, Ukrainian, and Russian. Partnerships for the goals! Best regards, Igori Comarovschii

Ole Petter Ottersen

Ole Petter Ottersen

Thank you for your comment. There are several networks of this kind, joining universities and other institutions in the pursuit of the goals embedded in UN´s Agenda 2030. You will find relevant information on our website: Thank you for your engagement in this matter

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