Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine violates international law and endangers global security.
A majority of Ukrainians want a European and democratic future. The Russian government wants to keep Ukraine in its sphere of influence. Hence the annexation of Crimea (2014), the war in the Donbass (2014), and now the full-fledged invasion of mainland Ukraine.
After their offensive launched on February 24, 2022, started to stall and was threatened with military defeat on the ground, the Russian military started to bomb Ukrainian cities and inflict irreparable sufferings on the civilian population. Countless people are fleeing the war.
The Social Capital Foundation welcomes the decision of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to open an investigation.
We commend the European nations located at the borders with Ukraine for showing solidarity toward the war refugees.
We commend the people of Ukraine for their courage in defending their country and in pursuing their search for freedom.
To international companies and entities, we say: provide material and humanitarian support to Ukraine and sever your ties with the Russian economy if this can have an impact.
To the Russian government, we say: we call on Russia to fully abide by its obligations under international humanitarian law. Safe access to humanitarian corridors should be offered to the internally displaced persons and passage be allowed for those civilians who want to leave. Russia must cease its military action and withdraw its forces from the entire territory of Ukraine. TSCF calls for the next leaders of Russia to democratize and destalinize their country.
To the Russian people – as distinct of their government – we say: increase your civic participation even though you must expect a government backlash. Claim for peace, democracy and a fair share of wealth inside your own country. Russian soldiers, surrender, desert. Citizens, support democracy, as you are the only ones who are able to make it progress in your own country – it is your responsibility.
To the European Governments, we say: support Ukraine more aggressively. But beyond that, stop behaving as parasites to your own people. Focus on rendering a real service. Stop spreading disinformation about an unreal pandemic, and drop inappropriate sanitary restrictions. Strengthen Europe against the dangers threatening it, be they from the East or the South, independently on US assistance – but do not pursue the construction of a useless, technocratic European pseudo-state. Restore the basic freedoms and give control back to the people. Build a brighter, more participative future, for nowadays Europeans and for the future EU Members alike.