Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have been needlessly killed. Families are being torn apart, homes destroyed and communities ravaged by war.
The future for Ukrainians at home and abroad remains uncertain. Over three million people have fled into neighbouring countries. The majority of them are women and children. Ukrainians are paying a heavy price for a conflict they do not want, seeing their friends and loved ones harmed or killed by the invading Russian army. Meanwhile, thousands of Russians have been arrested for protesting against the war in their own country, and the dissent grows.
Our local peacebuilding correspondent from Ukraine has moved to safety in Poland. She told us:
“Local civil society, volunteers and international organisations have combined their efforts to provide support to those displaced or affected by conflict in Ukraine. The war has united society as it never has before. I believe it is all these efforts that will bring peace to Ukraine soon.”
The high-level talks and negotiations have yielded little so far. The perspectives of local communities on both sides remain far from these conversations.
As the war grinds on, more must be done to protect those directly impacted by the war. Peace Direct hopes for:
Dylan Mathews & Elana Aquino of Peace Direct shared a joint statement:
“For weeks we have watched with horror as this conflict has unfolded. Like many, we have felt helpless as we watched families flee with the few possessions they could carry, hoping to find comfort and welcome in Poland or other neighbouring countries.
“The ongoing crisis in Ukraine, as well as Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere, coupled with soaring energy and food prices, serve as a reminder of our shared pursuit for peace. As well as the human price, war costs trillions globally, whereas peacebuilding is far more effective and vastly cheaper. At Peace Direct we are reaching out to the local organisations we know are still working in Ukraine, to see how we can support their work at this time. We extend our solidarity to all those affected by violent conflict around the world, regardless of country, ethnicity, race or gender. Do what you can, give what you can, and hold on to hope.”