Common Weal seeks to build a better world on the pillars of peace, justice, and cooperation, and in these terms we join the countless other organisations and peoples in standing in solidarity with the Ukrainian people as they courageously fight to uphold their sovereignty, territorial integrity, and ultimately their lives. We condemn President Putin’s illegal invasion and call on all governments to deescalate the situation and find resolution through peaceful, diplomatic means. We also stand in support of the many dissenting voices within Russia itself, showing equal parts courage to stand up to the oppressive regime.
The working classes and ordinary people are always most exploited by conflict, and ultimately we must play our part in securing their safety, freedom, and in guaranteeing their human rights. As such, we join others in urging the UK government to open safe passage and ease of access for Ukrainian refugees as so many other countries across Europe have done.
To build a world that puts all of us first, Common Weal supports all efforts to find a swift and peaceful end to the conflict, and secure social justice for the working classes of Ukraine and Russia.