For Politico, January 2023: "The track record is clear. Ukraine stabilized Crimea; Russia has turned it into a hinge of expansionist aggression. In 2014 the world stood by and let it happen in the vain hope of easy peace.
We cannot afford to make the same mistake now. Half-measures and short-sighted compromises are a recipe for endless war against a state bent on savage imperialist conquest. The difficult path to lasting peace is Ukraine’s de-occupation of Crimea and an unmistakable defeat of Russian aggression."
At the London School of Economics, October 2022: Russia's war against Ukraine is genocidal, and at its heart is longstanding "Russian colonialist aggression against Ukraine, a former colony" and a desire for "a conquest of language, culture, and even consciousness itself."
For the The Atlantic, May 2022: "Crimean Tatars have long helped shape Ukraine’s sense of self as a vibrant multiethnic, multiconfessional, multilingual place."
For The Conversation, April 2022, with international lawyer Thomas Grant: "This collusion of word and deed, demonstrating an 'intent to destroy' the Ukrainian nation 'in whole or in part,' should leave no doubt that Russia aims at genocide in Ukraine. Hopes for diplomatic solutions and political compromises must confront this reality."
For Politico, March 2022, with Jon Roozenbeek: "Over the months ahead, the cause of peace and security will depend in part on our ability to retain moral and intellectual clarity amid the thickening fog of an information war."
At an emergency briefing organised by the Cambridge Centre for Geopolitics on 28 February 2022, Rory Finnin highlighted Ukraine's "anti-colonial backbone", explaining that "even if Russian forces take cities for an extended period of time, it will be difficult to hold them. Ukrainians will take them back."
In the Sunday Times on 27 February: 2022: "The British public needs to rally together and prepare to make everyday sacrifices for Ukraine… The very idea of our freedom is at stake now.”
Since 24 February 2022, Rory Finnin has appeared frequently on news broadcasts around the world to explain the ideas at the heart of Ukraine's national identity and to call for ambitious financial and military support of Ukraine.
In the weeks before Russia's full-fledged invasion, Rory Finnin emphasised the moral and practical reasons for our urgent support of Ukraine.
For Politico, on 12 February 2022: "In menacing Ukraine’s borders, Putin is not only betting that the West doesn’t care about Ukraine. He is also betting that the West doesn’t know or even see Ukraine. Our ignorance feeds his aggression."
For The Conversation, in 2015, with international lawyer Thomas Grant: "We need to stop watering down reports with euphemism and understatement. We need to call this what it is: a war of self-defence against an international aggressor."
For the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, in 2015: "A serious and continued escalation of this war is likely, which is why more focused, prospective and concerted assistance to Ukraine is needed right now."
On CNN, August 2014: "The West has often discounted Ukraine's national identity, reducing Ukraine to pro-Russian and pro-EU halves. This is a fiction."
On Al Jazeera, March 2014: "If we're under the assumption that [eastern Ukraine] will welcome Russian troops... we will be sorely mistaken. We will have a bloody, very real war on our hands."
On Al Jazeera, March 2014, responding to the appearance of Russian troops in Ukraine's Autonomous Republic of Crimea: "It's an absurdity in an unfolding nightmare of absurdities. Russia has invaded sovereign, independent Ukraine in clear and unabashed contravention of international law. It's as simple as that."
For the Cambridge Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, in March 2014: "If Russia invades beyond Crimea, Ukrainians will defend themselves. And Europe will be witness to a war between its largest countries, with dire economic and human costs for us all."