CND condemns the Russian military aggression against Ukraine. There is no justification for war, the bombing must stop immediately.
As the invasion of Ukraine continues, our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and with all those courageously protesting against war. The coverage we have seen from protests in both Ukraine and Russia is deeply inspiring and we send our solidarity in particular to those suffering arrest as a result. Those demonstrating for peace in Ukraine and Rusia should know that they are not alone – there have been hundreds of protests across the world in support of their anti-war demands.
This conflict also presents a much wider threat: the existential threat of a nuclear war between NATO and Russia. Between them, they have around 12,000 nuclear weapons between them—some 100 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. The possibility of nuclear war is the greatest for many decades.
We urge our government to get all parties to the negotiating table, to secure Russian troop withdrawal, to make the Minsk agreements work and call a halt to NATO expansion.
There is no possibility whatsoever that war will resolve these complex problems, and it might end with the destruction of humanity. Only dialogue and openness to the concerns of others will make a difference. This is where government efforts must be focused.
There is an increasing risk of nuclear war over Ukraine. Even one nuclear warhead could kill and injure over a million people. Join CND’s calls for an end to conflict in Ukraine so we can avoid the threat of nuclear war.