Peace in Europe – Case Ukraine

In the midst of ongoing military operations, Ukraine’s most prolonged and deadly crisis since its independence from the USSR is far from being resolved. The crisis stems from more than twenty years of weak governance, a lopsided economy dominated by oligarchs, heavy reliance on Russia on one side and the European Union and United States on the other.

In order to stabilise the situation in the region, Ukraine should transition to a decentralised parliamentary system of government. This will promote political stability and accountability. Among others through political education citizens should be encouraged to participate in the political system, in order to foster a stable and transparent political party system and bolster the rule of law. Educational and cultural policies that promote freedom of thought and critical analysis will also benefit citizens.

The situation is portrayed differently inside and outside the two countries mainly involved in the conflict. In both Russian and Western media, the public debate is dominated by simplification and propaganda against the supposed other side. Transparent and politically objective, publicly financed media should be developed in order to properly inform citizens. Social media can be a useful tool in this regard. Wherever we speak in the name of our organisations, we will fight for a clear and fair picture and information, for those who want real peace in Ukraine and not only power.

Social and economic inequality should be fought: every policy needs to answer the question if it leads to a peaceful development towards less social and economic inequality in our countries. In all of our countries the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. In this situation right-wing parties and movements can gain strength, as is happening right now. More equal societies may be achieved through public investments, progressive taxation and redistributive policies. The socialisation of Ukraine’s and Russia’s natural resources and extractive industries, as well as investments in renewable energy, can help to reduce inequality, create jobs and promote Ukraine’s independence Efforts by the US and Western European governments to seek a military solution to the conflict through the involvement of NATO or to integrate Ukraine into NATO’s military sphere of influence should be stopped: diplomatic efforts should rather focus on ending hostilities between different groups in Ukraine. This will require a complete rethink of Ukraine’s association agreement with the EU. Not the neoliberal market integration should be the priority of these agreements, but the social security of all people in the country. Austerity measures in Europe are wrong, as they are wrong in Ukraine and Russia.

We affirm our commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, political independence, unity and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, and call upon all parties to desist from actions aimed at modifying borders through the threat or use of force. The creation of new borders never solves conflicts, rather it tends to create new and violent ones.

We urge all parties immediately to pursue a peaceful resolution of the situation through direct political dialogue, the exercise of restraint, and an end to unilateral actions and inflammatory rhetoric that could raise tensions. The UN must be a constructive forum in this regard.

Find the resolution also in pdf: Ukraine_Resolution

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