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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ukrainian people, who are fighting back so bravely against impossible odds. Their resilience shows that motivation, and fighting for a just cause, can at least partly compensate for raw power.

The European Bridge League (EBL) has decided that, until further notice, no Russian or Belarussian participants will beinvited to EBL events. The SBU fully supports this stance and will take similar action. We hope that those individual Russian bridge players affected, who may well be as outraged as the rest of us over what is happening, understand that this measure is not directed at them.

We hope that sanity will ultimately prevail and this nightmare for the Ukrainian people, and the whole civilized world, will soon end.