Urgent appeal to the international trade union movement – from the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine

Protest against Russia invasion of Ukraine
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24 February 2022

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Dear Sisters and Brothers!

On 24 February, at 5 am (Kyiv time) Russia cowardly attacked and started the invasion into Ukraine.

The main Ukrainian cities Odesa, Mariupol, Kharkiv, Chernihiv, and Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are under attack. The airports near Kyiv were attacked too. The Ukrainian army and people are defending their land.

Today we have to fight for our freedom, democracy, and peace.

The Confederation of Free trade Unions of Ukraine calls all global trade union organizations, brothers and sisters from trade unions in different countries for solidarity.

The KVPU calls to continue and strengthen international diplomatic and economic pressure on the Russian Federation and provide all possible measures to stop war and force withdraw her forces from the territory of Ukraine. An effective package of sanctions must be imposed immediately against the Russian Federation.  We call to provide all possible assistance to Ukraine.

It was Russia that started the aggression in 2014. It was Russian forces that have shelled the cities of the Donetsk and Luhansk region this week.  We call on you not to believe Russian propaganda.

Not only the independence of Ukraine but also the security of the whole of Europe and the future of the world depend on our joint response and solidarity.  

In unity is our strength!

Chair of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine 

Mykhailo Volynets