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WPD has been shocked beyond words by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the destruction and death being rained down on innocent people. The following message is a quote from Lyudmyla Porokhnyak, Chair of the National Council of Women of Ukraine, a WPD Network Member:

Lyudmyla Porokhnyak
Lyudmyla Porokhnyak. Image source: National Council of Women in Ukraine

“To the International Council of Women
To all women of the world
National Council of Women of Ukraine appeals to the international community to politically influence on the invasion of Russia in Ukraine. Such an invasion could have extremely negative consequences for Europe and for the whole world, Ukraine has 15 nuclear reactors and the largest gas storage facility.
Ukraine was the only country in the world that rejected from the nuclear weapons. Russia, together with the United States and Great Britain performed by the Budapest Memorandum (5th of December 1994) guarantor of our security.
We ask for your help, the impact on world politics on prevention of harassment of peaceful state. Please, help to protect us and our children from the aggressor!”

The situation in Ukraine is changing so rapidly that posts from partners from yesterday or the day before are swept aside by the need for new responses to new tragedies. Much concern has been voiced about people in eastern Ukraine, often older people who could not move when their lives were turned upside down. They should not be forgotten as attention is inevitably now focused on Kiev.
Here is what the National Council of Women of Ukraine said:
“Assemblies and meetings [held] in all visits raised questions about the fate of women and children from Crimea and Donbas, those who remained in the uncontrollable territories of Ukraine and those who left their native homes. When they left, they hoped for a quick return, now they don’t.”

WPD will post more messages about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine as the invasion continues. Many mothers are already mourning the deaths of their children, husbands and partners…

George Gelber, OBE
Chair & Trustee of Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD)
26th February 2022