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Women In Black Against War express solidarity with refuzniks in Ukraine and Russia

samedi 26 février 2022, par siawi3

Source : WIB-Madrid

Crisis in Ukraine

In recent weeks, the possibility that Russia will enter into Ukraine has gained strength. There seems to be recruitment of mercenaries in Russia and movement of fuel and military equipment to the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in Ukraine. In response, Ukraine is arming itself and NATO is sending additional forces to Eastern Europe. Despite efforts for negotiation, tension continues to grow, and at present there is no glimmer of a diplomatic solution to the crisis. This is leaving the people of Ukraine in a delicate situation, in the middle of a policy of counter-accusations and economic interests.

On the other hand, the Russian people are becoming hostage to the foreign policy of their government. They live not only with the uncertainty about the possibility of war, but also are suffering a significant rise in prices and a decrease in value of the national currency. There is, however, no public discussion, only one point of view being expressed on state television, and that is the viewpoint of those favoring war. On television, one hears only direct military threats, venting aggression and hatred towards Ukraine, America and countries of the West. But the most dangerous thing is that war is presented as an acceptable and inevitable course of action under the present circumstances. It is an effort to deceive and seduce the people, to impose the idea of a just war with the West instead of developing the country and raising the standard of living of its citizens.

Meanwhile, attention is diverted from the repression of the Russian government towards the dissident means of communication and the independent NGOs such as Memorial International.

Women in Black Against War :

· Believe that a policy based on promoting the idea that war is a valid solution for a conflict is immoral, irresponsible and criminal.

· Support the pacifist groups that in Russia and Ukraine work to denounce the situation, indicating the hate speech and proclaiming their position for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

· Denounce the action of the European Union, more concerned about the supply of inexpensive gas for the countries of Western Europe than to guarantee the safety of the civil population of Ukraine.

· Demand that our government abandon NATO and all types of international military organization and, therefore, to impede the development of the NATO summit meeting scheduled to take place in Madrid 29 and 30 June 2022.

Translation : Trisha Novak, USA

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Source : WIB-Belgrade ( Serbia)

Stop the war in Ukraine !

Anti-war protest

On the occasion of the aggression of the Russian Federation against the Republic of Ukraine, Women in Black organize a protest in mourning and silence « Stop the war in Ukraine ! » on Saturday, February 26, 2022, at 12 o’clock in Knez Mihailova Street, in front of the Russian Tsar restaurant. We are organizing this protest as part of an international peace campaign launched by the Network of Women in Black from Italy.

Russia’s recognition of the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk has led to great tensions at European and world level, and eventually escalated into an open and brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In 2014, the Russian Federation attacked Ukraine and annexed Crimea. In 2022, the Russian Federation recognized Donetsk and Luhansk - areas that seceded from Ukraine in 2014.

The attacks on Ukraine, carried out by the Russian Federation from land, sea and air, are a manifestation of the militaristic imperial goals of the Russian regime led by the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin :

On this occasion we demand :

- Urgent cessation of all military operations and the withdrawal of all Russian troops from the territory of the independent state of Ukraine, as well as from the occupied territories.

- Introduction of new and expansion of existing sanctions imposed by the European Union against the Russian Federation.

- An investigation by the International Criminal Court of crimes against civilians committed by Russian military formations by bombing not only military, but primarily civilian facilities in Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa and other Ukrainian cities.

- That the state of Serbia adhere to the legal ban on sending volunteers from Serbia to the theater of war in Ukraine.

- We express our solidarity with the peace movement both in the attacked Ukraine and in the Russian Federation.

Women in Black

In Belgrade, February 25, 2022