European book trade bodies have condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine and issued statements in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, the Bookseller reported.

Describing the attack as a “threat not just to Europe but also to the entire world,” the Federation of European Publishers said: “Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and of the region, and especially with our colleagues; authors, translators, publishers, booksellers, and librarians. Keep writing, translating, publishing, and giving access to books. Even if they are a fragile rampart against the bombs, books and reading are essential to democracy. Ukraine is a free country in a free Europe, and has the right to peace and democracy, for its citizens to live in safety, and to territorial integrity.

“We are very fortunate that this year, Ukraine is one of the participating countries in the European Union Prize of Literature. Ukraine is part of Creative Europe, of our common European family, and we believe that literature brings a message of peace and allows all European citizens to be ‘united in diversity’.” …