“It is vital, not only for the safety of innocent people in Eastern Europe, but for the safety of all across the world, that this crisis is rapidly de-escalated.”
By Young Labour
Young Labour condemns Vladimir Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The actions of Russia and the use of force in a way that contravenes international law is utterly reprehensible.
Working class people are overwhelmingly the victims of war, brought on by political decisions made without the suffering they will cause in mind. War cannot be the solution, and at this critical juncture, every possible avenue must be exhausted to resolve this through diplomacy and restore peace to bring an end to this crisis.
Conflict, especially that involving nuclear powers, has the potential to cause catastrophic destruction. It is vital, not only for the safety of innocent people in Eastern Europe, but for the safety of all across the world, that this crisis is rapidly de-escalated. Conflict of this sort will also undoubtedly result in the displacement of civilians, and the Labour Party must wholeheartedly call for the support and protection of refugees, of all crises.
It is not time for further ratcheting up of tensions. Boris Johnson has done nothing to end this crisis in a peaceful way, and has instead continued on a path of warmongering and bellicosity. It is now the responsibility of world leaders to work towards an immediate ceasefire, be it through the UN or other methods, to bring an end to the misery and death that war brings.
Young Labour sends its solidarity to the people of Ukraine. Everyone must now act to ensure that peace prevails.