NATO members protect the Ukrainian sky! A statement by the Ukrainian Civil Society

 

Civil Society Platform member ZMINA has published a plead calling for the NATO members to protect the Ukrainian sky:

NATO members, we plead to protect the Ukrainian sky! To stop the Russian genocide of Ukrainians, crimes against humanity, and nuclear genocide, a no-fly zone should be imposed! Every day of delays costs hundreds of lives and increases the risk of a global nuclear catastrophe. If a no-fly zone is too risky for NATO, equip Ukraine with air defense capabilities and jets as promised! Do it before it is too late!

On the 4th of March, 2022 Russian troops fired Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. For the first time in world history, troops have struck at such an important strategic object, threatening Europe and the world with a nuclear catastrophe.

Nine days ago, the life of Ukraine, Europe, and the entire world changed forever. Russia has launched an unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine with a full-scale invasion into our territory. This war is not only against Ukraine, it is a war against democracy, freedom, and humanity in the world.

Apart from Ukraine’s military objects, Russia is aiming directly at civilian residential areas, hospitals and maternity houses, kindergartens and universities, churches, and even the Holocaust memorial in Kyiv. Some Ukrainian cities such as Mariupol, Kharkiv, and Kherson are currently in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. Russian massive and relentless shelling makes it impossible to deliver humanitarian aid to these cities and safely evacuate women and children from the siege. Russian actions are the genocide of the Ukrainian people. Hague tribunal investigators have set up to Ukraine to record these crimes.

But the night of March 4 showed that even the extermination of Ukrainians is not the only goal of Russia’s bloodthirsty regime. By shelling the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, the occupying forces called into question the survival of all mankind and even the lives of their own citizens.

The whole world presented tremendous support for Ukraine. However, last night’s events showed that apart from humanitarian and military aid, what Ukraine needs the most right now is a safe sky. This will prevent the enemy from inflicting treacherous night airstrikes on peaceful cities and strategic infrastructure.

The petition for the protection of the Ukrainian sky and No Fly Zone has already received more than a million votes from residents of different countries. The whole world understands the importance of protecting the Ukrainian sky. Now is the time for all democratic governments that share the values ​​of human life to prove their humanistic ideas.

On behalf of the millions of Ukrainians who have been in shelters and bomb shelters since February 24, in memory of the more than 2,000 civilians killed by the Russian bombing, we call on the parliaments and governments of NATO member states to PROTECT THE UKRAINIAN SKY!!

Save the lives of thousands of Ukrainians! Save humanity! Help stop this war!

Signatories of the statement:

  1. Center for Civil Liberties
  2. ZMINA Human Rights Centre
  3. CHESNO Movement 
  4. DEJURE Foundation
  5. Transparency International Ukraine 
  6. ANTAC
  7. VOX Ukraine
  8. Center for Defense Strategies
  9. Bihus.Info
  10. Educational center ACREC
  11. Independent Defense Anticorrution Comission—NAKO 
  12. AllUkranian Association “Automaidan”
  13. Center for united асtions
  14. ​​Center for Political Studies
  15. Institute of Legislative Ideas
  16. Anti-corruption Headquarter
  17. Slidstvo.Info
  18. Crym SOS
  19. Fulcrum UA
  20. Invisible 
  21. Crimean Human Rights Group
  22. ​​Platform for the release of Kremlin political prisoners
  23. Social Action Centre 
  24. Crimean Tatar Resource Center
  25. Crimean Tatar Youth Center
  26. Center for political analysis and forecasting “Crimea”
  27. Kyiv educational center “Tolerspace”
  28. Crimean Center for Business and Cultural Cooperation “Ukrainian House”
  29. Editorial office of the newspaper “Crimean room”
  30. ISAR Ednania 
  31. Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group
  32. Helsinki Initiative-XXI
  33. Environmental and Humanitarian Association ‘Green World’
  34. Digital Security Lab Ukraine
  35. StateWatch
  36. Detector media
  37. Human Rights House Crimea
  38. Human Rights House in Chernihiv
  39. Humanitarian studio “Wave”
  40. Man and Law Charitable Foundation
  41. SMART Media
  42. INFLUENCE GROUP
  43. UCIPR, Ukrainian Center independent political research 
  44. All-Ukrainian NGO “CC Human Right Defender”
  45. Cherkasy Human Rights Center
  46. Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Unio
  47. Truth Hounds 
  48. Center for development and democracy
  49. Integrity UA
  50. Khmelnytsky initiative
  51.  AutoMaidan Vinnychyna
  52. Institute for political&information research
  53. Center for political analysis and forecasting “Crimea”
  54. Media Initiative for Human Rights
  55. ​Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law
  56. Women’s Anti-Corruption Movement 
  57. Khmelnytsky Reform Council Coalition
  58. Centre for Economic Strategy
  59. Sumy platform of reforms
  60. Community foundation SUMY
  61. Social Partnership Centre
  62. Civic platform “Act!”
  63. Public Bureau “Human Rights” 
  64. Public Alliance “Women’s Political Action”
  65. All-Ukrainian NGO “League of Women Voters 50/50”
  66. NGO “Steps to the future”
  67. Women’s consortium of Ukraine
  68. Democracy Development Centre
  69. DLCO “Centre for International Security” 
  70. Institute for Central Europe
  71. Center for Global Studies Strategy 21
  72. Euroatlantic course
  73. Ukraine crisis media centre
  74. Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (NAKO)
  75. Kyiv Security Forum
  76. CSO “School of Media Patriots”
  77. Center for social and economic research – CASE Ukraine
  78. Public Movement Faith Hope Love
  79. NGO “Civil Holding “GROUP of INFLUENCE”
  80. Women’s Information Consultative Center
  81. NGO “Kharkiv Anti-Corruption Center”
  82. Gender Education Center OSUIA
  83.  PA Institute for Local Democracy “Open society”
  84. CSO “Center for Entrepreneurship Development”
  85. NGO “Human Rights Vector” 
  86. Svitlana Khodakova – a citizen of Ukraine
  87. NGO “ON EDGE”
  88. Luhansk oblast Human Rights Centre “Alternative”
  89. Civil Control Platform
  90. CSO “La Strada-Ukraine”
  91. CSO “D.О.М.48.24”
  92. SaveEcoBot / SaveDnipro
  93. CSO “Human Rights Platfrom”
  94. Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine

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