Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said it is a "moral imperative" to stand against bullying and aggression as she condemned the violence that resulted in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
"I condemn the violence that has been inflicted upon the people of Ukraine, the violation of its sovereignty, and the threat that now hangs above all the innocent lives in the region," Robredo, who is running for president in the May 9 elections, said in a statement.
"It is a moral imperative to stand against bullying and unprovoked aggression, especially given the reports of civilians and residential areas deliberately targeted in the course of this invasion," she added.
The Philippines earlier shared its "explicit condemnation" of the invasion of Ukraine and called for the protection of civilians as Russia continues its offensives in the former Soviet republic.
Manila is also voting "yes" to the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling on Moscow to withdraw its troops from Ukraine's capital Kyiv, it said in a statement for the emergency special session in New York.
Robredo said she is one with the Philippine government in condemning the invasion of Ukraine and thanked diplomats and public servants working to secure the safety of Filipinos in the former Soviet republic.
"I stand in admiration of the Ukrainian people’s courage and resilience, and am proud of their efforts to defend freedom and a rights-based order— ideals that the Filipino people share," she added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, forcing more than half a million people of the country to flee.
According to Ukraine, more than 350 civilians, including 14 children, have been killed during the invasion. --- with a report from Agence France Presse