Petition: Stop the war with Ukraine!

24 February 2022

Lev Ponomarev started this petition

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On 22 February, Russian armed forces crossed the border with Ukraine and entered that country’s eastern regions.

On the night of 24 February, the first strikes were launched against Ukrainian cities.

Many people in Russia of the most various kinds have spoken out publicly, expressing their categorical rejection of war and about its destructive nature for the country. From intellectuals to retired colonel generals and experts of the Valdai Forum.

Different voices expressed the same emotion: horror at the very thought of the possibility of a new outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine. Horror, caused by the realization that this could actually happen.

And so it happened. Putin ordered the start of a military operation against Ukraine despite the terrible price that both Ukraine and Russia will surely pay for this war, despite all the voices of reason in Russia and beyond its borders.

Russia’s official rhetoric claims this is being done for the purpose of ‘self-defence.’ But you can’t fool history. The Reichstag arson has been exposed as a deception, but today no exposures are needed – everything is obvious from the start.

We, the supporters of peace, acting in the name of saving the lives of citizens of Russia and Ukraine, in order to stop the war that has begun and to prevent it growing into a war on a global scale:

– Declare the beginning of the creation of an anti-war movement in Russia and our support for any peaceful forms of anti-war protest;

– We demand an immediate ceasefire by the Russian armed forces and their immediate withdrawal from the territory of the sovereign state of Ukraine;

– We consider all those who made the decision to begin military action in the east of Ukraine and who authorized aggressive propaganda justifying war in the Russian government-controlled media to be war criminals. We will seek to hold them accountable for their actions. May they be cursed!

We appeal to all reasonable people in Russia who by their actions and words can make a difference. Join the anti-war movement, speak out against the war. Do this at least in order to show the whole world that in Russia there were, are and will be people who will not accept the foul actions of the authorities which have turned the state itself and the peoples of Russia into tools for their crimes.


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Translated by Simon Cosgrove

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