During the rally in support of Ukraine near the European Parliament on 9 February 2022, Promote Ukraine handed over an open letter from Ukrainians in Belgium to MEPs.
The text of the document mentions that Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine has been going on for the eighth year in a row: Crimea is occupied, 14,000 people have been killed, more than 30,000 people have been wounded on Europe’s eastern border, and more than 1.5 million have become internally displaced persons.
“Today, Russia continues to put pressure on Ukraine and the West… Now Putin is trying to rebuild the Soviet Union and seeks to create a new empire. The Kremlin sees NATO’s and EU’s indecision as an invitation to action. If Russia is forgiven for the aggression against Ukraine or allowed to benefit from this aggression, the Baltic states, as well as Poland, are likely to become the next target for Russia,” the letter reads.
Ukrainians called on the European Parliament members to support Ukraine and increase pressure on the Russian Federation. In particular, it is proposed to stop the Nord Stream 2 project, disconnect Russia from SWIFT, impose personal sanctions on Putin’s entourage, reduce trade between the EU and Russia with the reversal of trade flows to the Eastern Partnership countries, increase defensive arms supplies to Ukraine, support granting NATO MAP to Ukraine, etc.
The letter was signed by public figures, Ukrainian students in Belgium, their friends, and concerned Europeans.
If you would like to sign the letter, send us your first name, last name, and affiliation at firstname.lastname@example.org.