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Petition to Martin Schulz (SPD), Jean-Claude Juncker, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, Martin Schulz, Federica Mogherini

Stop supporting the United States government in their geopolitical war in Ukraine and put an end to the punitive "anti-terrorist" operation in South-eastern Ukraine that is murdering civilians.

The Ukrainian government are bombing their own men, women and children, and with the full support of the US government, NATO, the EU and the UK. No 'Press' have been allowed to report from South Eastern Ukraine as the Ukrainian government have been detaining, expelling and shooting journalists. The European mainstream media is circulating propaganda and labeling the civilians in South-eastern Ukraine as 'terrorists'.  They are Grandfathers, Grandmothers, Fathers, Mothers, Brothers, Sisters, Aunties, Uncles and Children. With astonishing unanimity, NATO leaders have feigned surprise at events they planned months in advance. Events that they deliberately triggered are being misrepresented as sudden, astonishing, unjustified “Russian aggression”. The United States and the European Union undertook this aggressive provocation in Ukraine and they knew this would force Russia to react defensively, one way or another. Crimeans voted for their 'return' to Russia in a referendum which was perfectly legal according to international law, although in violation of the Ukrainian constitution, which was by then in tatters having just been violated by the overthrow of the country’s duly elected president, Victor Yanukovych, facilitated by violent militias.  The change of status of Crimea was achieved without bloodshed, by the ballot box. Nevertheless, the cries of indignation from the West were every bit as hysterically hostile as if Putin had overreacted and subjected Ukraine to a U.S.-style bombing campaign, or invaded the country outright – which they may have expected him to do. In short, while planning to incorporate Ukraine into the Western sphere, Western leaders were perfectly aware that this move would entail serious problems with Russian-speaking Ukrainians, and with Russia itself.  Rather than seeking to work out a compromise, Western leaders decided to forge ahead and to blame Russia for whatever would go wrong.  What went wrong first was that Yanukovych  got cold feet faced with the economic collapse implied by the Trade Agreement with the European Union.  He postponed signing, hoping for a better deal. Since none of this was explained clearly to the Ukrainian public, outraged protests ensued, which were rapidly exploited by the United States… against Russia. Ukraine could be a bridge between East and West – and this, incidentally, has been precisely the Russian position.  The Russian position has not been to split Ukraine, much less to conquer it, but to facilitate the country’s role as bridge.  This would involve a degree of federalism, of local government, which so far is entirely lacking in the country, with local governors selected not by election but by the central government in Kiev.  A federal Ukraine could both develop relations with the EU and maintain its vital (and profitable) economic relations with Russia. But this arrangement calls for Western readiness to cooperate with Russia. The United States has plainly vetoed this possibility, preferring to exploit the crisis to brand Russia “the enemy”. With 28 European members of diverse language, culture, history and mentality, the EU is unable to agree on any foreign policy other than the one Washington imposes.   We want to see continuing dialogue, and not war.  

Leanne Ralston
881 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to David Cameron MP

David Cameron: Fight corruption & insist UK tax havens reveal company owners

I'm from the Ukraine and my 6 year old daughter Nonna has haemophilia. She needs medication every few days to stay alive. To keep her alive I have to buy drugs on the black market. We have no other option. Corrupt Ukranian politicians secretly sold valuable parts of our country to themselves and their friends, hiding the money using shell companies in places like the British Virgin Islands. It left our public services bankrupt - the hospitals have no medication people need, because all the money from state budgets was stolen. The saddest thing is that my story is not an exception. There are millions of families just like mine affected by the corruption. London is at the heart of this. When Yanukovych’s regime fell, huge amounts of money stolen from Ukraine was found in bank accounts in London – and it got there via secret companies in the British Virgin Islands. The UK’s tax havens remain the first choice for the corrupt to hide their stolen money. That's why we're calling on the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, to insist that the UK tax havens publish the details of who owns the companies registered there. Publishing the owners of shell companies will start to expose the people behind this corruption. It's the first step to exposing what is going on. I met Daria, who spent years investigating how Ukraine’s money, the money I paid in taxes, ended up leaving our country. Together we want to change it. This isn’t JUST a problem with Ukraine, it is a global problem, and it will take a global solution. On May 12th Cameron is hosting a global Anti-Corruption Summit - it is a chance for him to take action. Please sign our petition and help us show the world that corruption - like that exposed in the Panama Papers - has real victims.

Nina Astaforova-Yatsenko, Daria Kalleniuk
61,585 supporters