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The Kyiv Declaration: An appeal from 100 Ukrainian civil society leaders

Ukrainian civil society released six urgent appeals to the international community as the nation defends itself against Russian invasion. The war is not just against Ukraine: it is against the fundamental principles of democracy, and the signatories ask the international community to stand with Ukraine by taking the following six actions:

  1. 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.
  2. Provide Immediate Defensive Military Aid, Including Lethal And Non-Lethal Assistance - Ukraine urgently needs air defence systems and anti-tank weaponry to defend their homes and cities from Russia’s use of advanced military technology, including cruise missiles.
  3. 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.
  4. Provide Immediate Humanitarian Aid - Ukraine needs financial aid to fund local humanitarian organisations. Ukraine also requires fuel, logistics support and emergency medical equipment, such as field hospitals, mobile clinics and trauma supplies.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

See the full list of signatories, international endorsements, news and more information on how to help on the Kyiv Declaration website.