300,000 Russians Sign Peace Petition in 12 Hours

A Russian peace march in Moscow the day of Putin’s invasion.
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security advances and supports calls for common security diplomacy – not war!

The Google translation of a petition signed by more than 300.000 Russians in 12 hours:

On February 22, the Russian armed forces crossed the border and entered the territory of the eastern regions of Ukraine. 

On February 24, the first strikes on Ukrainian cities were carried out at night. 

A wide variety of people in Russia have publicly expressed their categorical rejection of the war and its disastrous consequences for the country. From the intelligentsia to retired colonel-generals and experts of the Valdai Forum. 

One emotion sounded in different voices – horror at the very thought of the possibility of a new round of war between Russia and Ukraine. The horror caused by the realization that this could actually happen. 

And that’s what happened. Putin gave the order to launch a military operation against Ukraine, despite the terrible price that both Ukraine and Russia will undoubtedly pay for this war, despite all the voices of reason that sounded in Russia and abroad.  

Russia’s official rhetoric claims that this is done for the purpose of “self-defense”. But you can’t fool History. The arson of the Reichstag was exposed, and today no revelations are required – everything is obvious from the very beginning.  

We, the supporters of peace, are acting in the name of preserving the lives of citizens of Russia and Ukraine, in order to stop the war that has begun and prevent it from escalating into a war on a planetary scale: 

– we announce the beginning of the formation of the anti-war movement in Russia, and support for any peaceful forms of anti-war protest; 

– we demand an immediate ceasefire by the Russian Armed Forces, and their immediate withdrawal from the territory of the sovereign state of Ukraine; 

– we consider as war criminals all those who made the decision to start hostilities in the east of Ukraine, sanctioned aggressive and war-justifying propaganda in the Russian media, dependent on the authorities. We will seek to hold them accountable for their actions. May they be cursed! 

We appeal to all sane people in Russia, on whose actions and words something depends. Become a part of the anti-war movement, speak out against the war. Do this at least in order to show the whole world that there have been, there are and there will be people in Russia who will not accept the meanness created by the authorities, who have turned the state itself and the peoples of Russia into an instrument of their crimes. 22 февраля вооруженные силы России пересекли границу и вошли на территорию восточных областей Украины    
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, founded in 2017, advocates for peace and nuclear disarmament with justice. Our priorities include working for nuclear weapons abolition and common security diplomacy among the great powers. CPDCS serves as a bridge between peace and nuclear disarmament movements in U.S., Asia, and Europe and contributes to intersectional organizing.

This petition from Russian citizens was forwarded to various groups supporting an end to the war in Ukraine on February 25, 2022.

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