People's National Party President Mark Golding says the Russian invasion of Ukraine has left the world in a heightened state of fear and insecurity.
Mr. Golding says the Government of Jamaica's inept and callous handling of the dangerous situation facing Jamaican students in Ukraine has shocked the conscience of the nation.
He says with the closure of the Ukrainian airspace, the students are stranded and their lives are at risk.
Mr. Golding says Jamaica's struggling bauxite and alumina industry will also be impacted by sanctions to be imposed on Russia, as one of the two remaining alumina refineries in operation is Russian owned.
He added that the hike in prices in energy and basic food prices, which has been aggravated by the Ukraine situation, requires a response from Prime Minister Andrew Holness to protect vulnerable Jamaicans who cannot make ends meet.