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Ukraine: Kyiv Declaration: Our demands

Ukrainian Civil Society Leaders and International NGOs Call for Humanitarian Corridors to be Established Today to Save Thousands of Lives

Monday 21 March 2022, by siawi3


Kyiv Declaration: Ukrainian civil society leaders’ six asks for the world

Thursday 3 March 2022,

by Kyiv Declaration

Putin has unleashed a bloody war on the people of Ukraine. Our hospitals, schools and homes have been bombed, our streets filled with tanks, our sons and daughters shot. Why? Because we stood up to authoritarianism and chose a better life. We chose democracy. We chose freedom.

As our nation takes up arms to defend our homes and our families, we, as leaders of over 100 Ukrainian civil society organisations, have come together with six urgent appeals to the international community.

#StandWithUkraine by sharing on social media. As civil society leaders, our lives have been dedicated to fighting for what is right. But today, we must fight for our lives.

This is not just a war against Ukraine, it is a war against the fundamental principles of democracy. A great iron chain is being drawn across Europe, that Putin hopes will sink any society that he believes strays too far into the light.

We are fighting with everything we can, but we cannot win with courage and conviction alone. We need help. And we need it now. We ask the international community to stand with Ukraine by taking the following actions.


An appeal from 100 Ukrainian civil society leaders

The Kyiv Declaration Demands

Establish Safe Zones In Ukraine — To provide sanctuary for civilians from both air and ground attacks and to help prevent a tide of refugees fleeing to Europe.

Provide Immediate Defensive Military Aid - Including Lethal And Non-Lethal Assistance — We urgently need air defence systems and anti-tank weaponry to defend our homes and cities from Russia’s use of advanced military technology, including cruise missiles.

Implement Crippling Sanctions To Undermine Putin’s War Machine — Immediately impose the strongest possible sanctions on Russia’s central bank – with no exclusions. A total ban on all Russian banks using SWIFT with immediate effect. Europe and the US must sanction Russia’s oil and gas sectors to cut off the revenues Putin uses to fund his war machine.

Provide Immediate Humanitarian Aid — We need financial aid to fund local humanitarian organisations. We also require fuel, logistics support and emergency medical equipment, such as field hospitals, mobile clinics and trauma supplies.

Freeze The Assets And Revoke The Visas Of Putin’s Cronies — Deny Putin and his cronies access to their cash and properties stashed in the west, revoke their visas and those of their families, and impose an immediate travel ban. Let them know that it will not be business as usual, and that Putin cannot protect their interests.

Provide Equipment To Track War Crimes Immediately — Supply technology and support to groups recording Putin’s war crimes. Fund the human rights groups and lawyers who will ensure that Putin and his cronies are one day brought to justice.

Ukrainian Civil Society Leaders and International NGOs Call for Humanitarian Corridors to be Established Today to Save Thousands of Lives

Over 100 civil society leaders in Ukraine have called on the world to help negotiate humanitarian corridors in and out of major cities to allow civilians to be evacuated and life-saving aid to be brought in. They say that humanitarian corridors must be established immediately to avert a major humanitarian catastrophe that would kill thousands of Ukrainian civilians.

The war in Ukraine is entering a new and deadlier phase as Russian forces have started deliberately targeting civilians with deadly banned cluster weapons and are now laying siege to cities, trapping millions of people, and cutting them off from water, essential supplies and electricity.

A statement by Chatham House Ukraine calls for humanitarian corridors to be established now to open routes out of Kharkiv, Mariupol, Kherson, Sumy, Chernihiv and the capital city of Kyiv. The statement, written by the Director of Chatham House Ukraine says:

In Volnovakha, in the East, Russian forces opened fire on a previously agreed civilian evacuation corridor. In Chernihiv, roads out of the city have been mined, so no one can enter or leave. In Shastya, Severodonetsk, some 40,000 people have no access to food, water and electricity or medical care.

The last UN convoy left Kyiv on Wednesday, leaving several million civilians trapped with only one, frequently targeted route out of the city.

In Kharkiv, intense Russian air, missile, and artillery bombardment heavily damaged downtown and residential areas, killing a large number of innocent people.

With the invading force on the doorstep of Kherson and Mariupol in the south, a humanitarian disaster is unfolding with basic utilities being cut off by air strikes and the local population losing access to food and shelter.

An international broker – a non-NATO state – is urgently required to negotiate where humanitarian corridors can be established and to agree for what purposes they can be used.

The 100 Ukrainian CSO leaders came together following Russia’s invasion to issue the Kyiv Declaration, which sets out sets out six humanitarian, military and economic demands to the international community, including:

establishing safe zones to provide sanctuary for civilians
providing air defence systems and anti-tank weaponry
sanctions on Russia’s Central Bank
sanctions on Russia’s oil and gas sectors

Oleksandr Pavlichenko, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Helsinki Group for Human Rights, said:
“We need humanitarian corridors established today to prevent thousands of innocent people being killed.

“War crimes are being documented. For example, in Chernihiv access to the city has been mined, so no one can enter or leave the city. A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Shastya, Severodonetsk, Volnovakha, where 40,000 people need basic supplies. Ukraine has several nuclear power plants, which urgently need international protection. In Zaporizhzhya, Energodar is encircled by Russian Forces and there is a fear that their goal is to cease all strategic infrastructure, chemical plants, damps, artificial water reservoirs. If they succeed, it will lead to a widespread ecological catastrophe and Ukrainians will be massively cut off from the energy and water supplies. This is a genocidal attempt to cease all critical infrastructure.”

Teyana Pechonchyk, ZMINA Centre for Human Rights, said:
“A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Mariupol, Kherson and many other places across Ukraine. People cannot leave their buildings, they have no access to food or drugs or basic hygienic goods.”

Lyubov Maksymovych, Women’s Perspectives, said:
Civilians are held hostages with little access to basic needs, such as food, medicine, water and electricity. There is no humanitarian assistance available in the east of the country to help those in urgent need, like in the northern region of Kyiv. We need blood for the injured, water, technical medical equipment for the medics. For example, in Vyshgorod, Ukrainians urgently need medical supplies and insulin, pregnant women are short of medical assistance during labour. Food remains an urgent need in many places, as well as medical assistance is needed for the intubations.”

Spokespeople are available on request – all remain in Ukraine, taking shelter but also taking action.

Kyiv Declaration


Kyiv Declaration Signatories

This six-point appeal has been signed by 40 Ukrainian civil society organisations in Kyiv and other cities under siege including:

1. Ukraine Crisis Media Centre, Nataliya Popovych
Civic Network Opora, Olga Aivazovska
Ukrainian Helsinki Group for Human Rights, Oleksandr Pavlichenko
Plast, Natalia Kolesnyk
Public Interest Journalism Lab, Natalia Gumeniuk
Internews Ukraine, Volodymyr Yermolenko
ZMINA Centre for Human Rights, Tetyana Pechonchyk
Ukrainian Institute London, Olesya Khromeychuk
Vostok SOS, Kostiantyn Reutskyi
ISAR Yednannia, Volodymyr Sheyhus
StopFake, Yevhen Fedchenko
Ukrainian Centre for Independent Policy Research, Yuliya Tyshchenko
Ukrainian Catholic University, Fr. Dr. Bohdan Prach
Centre for Civil Liberties, Oleksandra Matviichuk
Global Ukraine, Violeta Moskalu
DixyGroup, Olena Pavlenko
Vox Ukraine, Svitlana Slipchenko
Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Mykhailo Glubokyi
Hromadske TV, Yuliia Fediv
Detector Media, Galyna Petrenko
European Experts Association, Maria Avdeeva
Come BackAlive, Taras Chmut
Women’s Perspectives, Lyubov Maksymovych
PEN Ukraine, Tetyana Teren
Mission of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, Maria Tomak
IREX Ukraine, Mehri Druckman
IREX Ukraine, Yuliya Solovey
Professional Government Association of Ukraine, Harvard Club of Ukraine, Constantine Lisnichiy
Anastasiia Gernega, Touchpoint NGO
Halyna Skipalska, Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health
Charity Foundation ‘Stabilization Support Services’, War Childhood Museum Ukraine, Yevhenii Monastyrskyi
Realnaya Gazeta, Andriy Dikhtyarenko
Ukrainian Prism, Hennadiy Maksak, Roman Kulchytskyi
Ukrainian Foundation for Security Studies, Yulia Kazdobina
NGOCRIMEASOS”, Tamila Tasheva
ABO Agency, Lera Lauda
Lviv Media Forum, Olga Myrovych
Centre of Public Investigations, Valerii Bolgan
OstroV, Sergiy Garmash
Odesa Regional Organization of the All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”, Anatoliy Boyko
Institute for Central European Strategy, Dmytro Tuzhanskyi
Democratic Foundations Initiatives, Maria Zolkina
Centre of Public Initiatives “Ideas for Change”, Olena Zakharova
Ukrainian People’s House in Chernivtsi, Taras Khalavka
Centre for Army, Conversion, Mykhailo Samus
CGS Strategy XXI, Mykhailo Gonchar
No Borders Project, Maksym Butkevych
Vox Ukraine, Ilona Solohub
Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute, Diana Dutsyk
Donetsk Institute of Information, Lyubov Rakovitsa
Agency for Legislative Initiatives, Svitlana Matviienko
Ukraine Analytica, Hanna Shelest
Smoloskyp Publishers, Rostyslav Shemkiv
Kyiv Security Forum, Danylo Lubkivsky
ProMova, Yevhen Hlibovytsky
Vaad of Ukraine, Josef Zissels
Democracy Development Initiative, Ksenia Kosheleva
Euromaidan SOS, Veronika Puhach
Institute of Mass Information, Oksana Romaniuk
Election Council UA, Yevhen Bystrytsky
Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, prof. Ihor Kozlovsky
Ostroh Academy, prof. Andrii Smyrnov
Centre for Perspective Initiatives and Studies, Mykhailo Rudenko
Iskra Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, Irena Remestwenski
Regional Rada of Ukrainians in Crimea, Andriy Ivanets
Kyiv Mohyla Academy, prof. Konstantin Sigov
Institute of Information Security, Artem Bidenko
PEN Ukraine, Tetyana Teren
Larysa Denysenko, Writer, Attorney
PEN Ukraine, Andriy Lyubka
PEN Ukraine, Ostap Slyvynsky
Myroslava Barchuk, journalist
Ukrainian Institute, Alim Aliev
Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ola Hnatiuk
E-SOS, Veronika Velch
Ukrainian Catholic University, Vice-Rector, Myroslav Marynovych
Ukrainian Catholic University, Yaroslav Hrytsak
PEN Ukraine, Artem Chapeye
Vitaly Portnikov, journalist
Radio Culture, Iryna Slavinska
Almenda, Valentyna Potapova
Ukrainian Catholic University, Oleh Turiy
National Public Television, Yuri Makarov
Institute of Sociology of the NAS of Ukraine, Eugene Golovakha
University of Lviv, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Jurko Prochasko
UNIVER Investment Group, Taras Kozak
Politics of Nature (PoN), Frederik Lassen
Euromaidan Press, Alya Shandra
Behind the Putins Lie, Alona Romaniuk
University College Stockholm, Cyril Hovorun
Ukrainian Catholic University, Volodymyr Turchynovskyy, Viktoriia Romaniuk
Internews Ukraine, Vitalii Rybak
Obnova, Natalia Bereza
Center for European Policy Analysis, Olga Tokariuk
America House Lviv, Volodymyr Byehlov
Association Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine, Svyatoslav Pavlyuk
99. East Europe Foundation, Oleksandra Pidenko

International Endorsements

The following are international endorsers of the call by Ukrainian civil Society for the Kyiv declaration:

1. Dr Charles Powell CMG, Director, The Elcano Royal Institute
Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
Jonathan Powell, CEO, Intermediate
Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford
Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Former President of Estonia
Anthony Lake, Former National Security Advisor, President Bill Clinton
Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister of Finland
Radek Sikorski, Polish MEP and former Foreign Minister
Carl. Billdt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden
Bernard Henri Levvy, French Philosopher
Tom Tugendhat, Chair of UK Foreign Affairs Select Committee
Tom Holland, Historian
Simon Schama, Historian
Rory Stewart, Former MP and Diplomat
Paul Greengrass, Film Director
Elinor Sisulu, South African Writer and Activist
Eka Tkeshelashvili, former deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Georgia
Valdis Zatlers – Former President of Latvia
Rosen Plevneliev – Former President of Bulgaria
Mikheil Saakashvili – Former President of Georgia
Žygimantas Pavilionis, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Stephen Harper, Former PM of Canada
24. Senator Denise Batters, Q.C.– Canadian Politician