We report in the following the notice published on the national INFN site on March 2. The INFN has also formed a crisis unit.
The INFN Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics shares the strong and firm position of the European Union and of the Italian Government to condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine, as well as any form of oppression among states and people, in the name of respect, confrontation and cooperation. These are the only and essential tools to have democratic states, guarantee the freedom of people, and achieve the progress of society. This is what science shows us every day as researchers, this is what we want to represent every day as a public scientific institution of a free and democratic State, these are our values.
In this deeply dramatic moment, which leaves all of us bewildered by its senselessness and brutality, we express our full solidarity with the Ukrainian people. And we assure our willingness to support the initiatives for peace and in support of people in difficulty that will be promoted by the Italian Government and the Ministry of University and Research. We are working to offer support to our Ukrainian colleagues with welcoming initiatives, and we will help to spread initiatives to help the Ukrainian population promoted by our local structures, our staff and the scientific community. INFN will also be aligned with the decisions of the Government and the Ministry of University and Research regarding the management of international scientific collaborations involving Russia. We would also like to express our deep sadness for the condition of Russian colleagues and their fellow citizens who suffer the tragic choices of their government. Science has been, is and will always continue to be, by its very nature, a place of freedom and a ground for dialogue and collaboration among people: we believe in this, as people and as scientists, and we work for this as INFN.