The Taliban called on Russia and Ukraine to “resolve the crisis by peaceful means” months after they massacred innocent people in Afghanistan.
In a statement released on the Taliban’s official Twitter account, now called the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” the militants said they were concerned about “the real possibility of civilian casualties.”
Under the seal of the emirate’s foreign ministry, very similar to those used by US government departments, the Taliban called for dialogue between Russia and Ukraine and the protection of Afghans in Ukraine.
In a statement (pictured) posted on the Taliban’s official Twitter account, the militants said they were concerned about the “real possibility of civilian casualties” in Ukraine.
The Taliban, as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, has yet to be recognized by any country as the new government of Afghanistan since its brutal takeover in August.
His foreign ministry released its “Statement on the Crisis in Ukraine” on Friday morning, and it was tweeted by key Taliban figures.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine and expresses its concern about the real possibility of civilian casualties.
“The Islamic Emirate calls on both sides for restraint. All parties must refrain from taking positions that could escalate violence.”
More than 1,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed and more than 2,000 injured when the Taliban launched an offensive to take over Afghanistan last year.
Another 1,500 Afghan troops were killed, and the now-defunct Afghan government claimed to have killed nearly 10,000 Taliban fighters.
UN figures also suggest that 244,000 civilians have been displaced.
The statement said: “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, in line with its foreign policy of neutrality, calls on both sides of the conflict to resolve the crisis through dialogue and peaceful means.
“The Islamic Emirate also calls on the parties to the conflict to pay attention to ensuring the safety of the lives of Afghan students and migrants in Ukraine.”
According to CNN, 370 Afghans fled their country for Ukraine last year.
More than 1,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed and more than 2,000 injured when the Taliban launched an offensive to take over Afghanistan last year. Pictured: People struggle to cross the border wall of Hamid Karzai International Airport to flee the country after rumors of foreign countries evacuating people even without visas after the Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021 G.
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint on a street in Kabul, December 17, 2021.
Now they risk being drawn into yet another conflict, just months after escaping a deadly Taliban offensive.
Since the Taliban came to power, there have also been reports of militants cracking down on civilians who worked with the pro-Western government of Afghanistan, as well as human rights, and especially women’s rights.
When the Taliban released a statement on Friday, the United Nations condemned the killing of eight polio workers by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan, which it said hindered a campaign to eradicate the disease in the country.
The Taliban, who took control of the country in August, said there were separate attacks on Thursday in the northeastern provinces of Kunduz and Takhar.
The killings were the first since UNICEF and the World Health Organization launched a nationwide polio vaccination campaign in November aimed at reaching more than 3 million children with the support of the Taliban.
The health ministry said four women were among the victims.
A man sits outside his destroyed home after the explosions in the eastern Ukrainian city of Chuguev February 24, 2022, when Russian military forces attacked Ukraine.
Belarusian-Ukrainian checkpoint “Senkovka-Veselovka”. These are: TOS-1A Solntsepek, at least 4 T-72B tanks, at least 8 MT-LB tractors and a Ural truck. All equipment is marked with the letter “O”. The tanks are heading for Kiev.
The United Nations said the killings led to the suspension of the vaccination campaign in two provinces.
“We are appalled by the brutality of these killings in four different locations,” the UN said in a statement. “This senseless violence must stop immediately and those responsible must be investigated and held accountable.”
The health ministry said in a statement that authorities were investigating.
Polio has been virtually eradicated worldwide thanks to a multi-year vaccination campaign. But insecurity, inaccessible terrain, mass displacement and suspicion of outside interference have hindered mass vaccinations in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Russia shifted its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of Kiev on Friday after launching airstrikes on cities and military bases.
Troops and tanks are advancing from three directions in an attack that could rewrite the post-Cold War global security order.
Explosions sounded in Kiev before dawn, and later gunfire erupted near the government quarter as Western leaders were planning an emergency meeting.
The President of Ukraine has pleaded for international assistance to repel an attack that could overthrow his democratically elected government, cause massive casualties and cripple the global economy.
Among signs that the Ukrainian capital is under increasing threat, the military said on Friday that a group of Russian spies and saboteurs had been spotted in the Kiev region about 3 miles north of the city center.
Earlier, the military said that Russian forces seized two Ukrainian military vehicles and some uniforms and were heading towards the city to try to infiltrate under the guise of local residents.