One year on from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I wanted to share my solidarity with the people of Ukraine. As the result of this war, 13.3 million people have been displaced, with nearly eight million having fled the country.
It is clear to me that as an ally we must support the people of Ukraine to defend themselves against Russian aggression. In collaboration with Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, I have called for the UK Government to donate to Ukraine all surplus UK military equipment due to be replaced, rather than to sell it for profit. https://labourlist.org/…/to-fight-authoritarianism…/
It is also worth repeating that a negotiated settlement must always be the outcome we are aiming for, and that there is work to do on building from solidarity to systemic change to realise “solidarity with a common humanity deserving of a common security” (Rethinking Security). https://rethinkingsecurity.org.uk/…/ukraine-from…/
So as we declare our solidarity with Ukraine, we must also imagine and make possible a future international system that can guard against the threat of war and conflict.
To do so will involve asking hard questions of ourselves, including about the wars our own Government wages in our name, and what role the UK plays in creating the global conditions for life-destroying poverty and destabilising climate crisis.