Office of the Governor
Release Date:
Monday, 28 February 2022 - 4:23pm

Statement by Governor John Rankin CMG


Russia’s Attack on Ukraine

28 February, 2022


Russia's assault on Ukraine is an unprecedented, premediated attack against a sovereign democratic state.  We must all stand united in condemning the Russian Government's reprehensible actions, which are a fundamental violation of international law and the UN Charter.

The Ukrainian flag is flying at the Governor's Office and we offer our full support to Ukrainian people living in the Virgin Islands, and to their families back in Ukraine.

The UK has introduced the largest and most severe package of sanctions ever imposed on Russia. Those sanctions will also be applied in the BVI, cutting off access by Putin and the Russian banks to international finances.  In addition, all aircraft owned, operated or chartered by a person connected with Russia or registered in Russia is banned from flying in the air space of the Virgin Islands.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Ukraine."