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NO TO WAR, YES TO PEACE!

This statement has been republished with the kind permission of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign.

The Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine, which represents interests of more than 4 million workers and students, is deeply concerned about the escalation of the situation and growing tension between Ukraine and Russia, caused by the unjustified significant build-up of Russian troops in the immediate vicinity of Ukraine’s borders and pressure on our state with regard to its geopolitical orientation. The Ukrainians have the right to determine their own future. Experts estimate that the European region is now closer to war than at any time in the past 30 years. A possible large-scale armed conflict will not only affect our country.

A military aggression against Ukraine will result in significant human, material and financial losses. Workers will also suffer from a large-scale military conflict – millions of jobs will be destroyed, poverty and destruction will flourish, workers’ rights and well-being will be forgotten.

This is why the international trade union movement, back in May 2014 at the 3rd World Congress of the International Trade Union Confederation, with 200 million trade union members in 163 countries, called for de-escalation of tensions, respect for Ukraine’s territorial integrity, disarmament of illegal groups and military formations. All these demands remain very relevant.

Two world wars in the 20th century, local military conflicts in the 20th century showed that military force cannot be used as a tool to promote an ambitious imperial policy. We support the appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the United Nations, the European Parliament, governments and parliaments of foreign states and parliamentary assemblies of international organisations regarding unacceptability of military blackmail against Ukraine by the Russian Federation, which it is carrying out in order to prevent realisation of Ukraine’s European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. We