The Kyiv Declaration

Russia’s Defeat is Our Only Chance of Peace


Since Russia launched its bloody invasion of Ukraine, innocent civilians have been massacred, homes and cities destroyed, an economy decimated. Simply for choosing freedom and democracy.

Under The Kyiv Declaration we issued six demands, calling for safe zones, military assistance, humanitarian aid, sanctions on Russia, revocation of visas of Putin’s cronies, and equipment for documenting war crimes. Some of these demands were fulfilled, but not all.

Although financial sanctions have been imposed, there are many half-measures and loopholes.  The EU indirectly supports the Russian war machine by paying the Russian government $1 billion a day for its energy resources.   World leaders must impose the strongest possible sanctions to reduce Russia’s ability to finance the war.

Russia has committed international crimes in Ukraine, including war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and the crime of aggression. Spine-chilling images of atrocities and inhumane actions, including bombing of hospitals and schools, destroying critical infrastructure, murdering civilians trying to escape, deportations and abductions of civilians, and mass rapes, have shocked the world.  The atrocities in Bucha horrified the humanity, but these war crimes have also been committed in Hostomel, Irpin, Mariupol and other areas of Ukraine. 

Since the start of the war, civilians living under constant shelling, have gone weeks without access to food, water and medical aid.  Thousands of civilians have lost their lives (including 205 children), over 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced. Russia’s war in Ukraine has already become the most tragic war in Europe since WW2. Bucha, once a town of around 30,000 residents, has been reduced to 3,700 citizens. The numbers of civilian victims in Mariupol, a city of 400,000 residents, as well as other towns and villages are currently unknown but there are probably tens of thousands.  

Despite this, Ukrainian men and women continue to heroically resist the Russian occupation, thwarting Russia’s plans to take Kyiv and forcing them to re-focus on the South and East. Although international allies have imposed individual and sectoral sanctions, provided military and humanitarian support and withdrawn business in Russia, it has not been enough to stop Putin’s war machine.

We, the civil society leaders of Ukraine, call on the international community to support Ukraine with the following 5 urgent actions:

Establish safe zones in Ukraine

To provide sanctuary for civilians from both air and ground attacks and to help prevent a tide of refugees fleeing to Europe.

Provide immediate defensive military aid - including lethal and non-lethal assistance

We urgently need air defence systems and anti-tank weaponry to defend our homes and cities from Russia’s use of advanced military technology, including cruise missiles.

Implement crippling sanctions to undermine Putin’s war machine

Immediately impose the strongest possible sanctions on Russia’s central bank – with no exclusions. A total ban on all Russian banks using SWIFT with immediate effect. Europe and the US must sanction Russia’s oil and gas sectors to cut off the revenues Putin uses to fund his war machine.

Provide immediate humanitarian aid

We need financial aid to fund local humanitarian organisations. We also require fuel, logistics support and emergency medical equipment, such as field hospitals, mobile clinics and trauma supplies.

Freeze the assets and revoke the visas of Putin’s cronies

Deny Putin and his cronies access to their cash and properties stashed in the west, revoke their visas and those of their families, and impose an immediate travel ban. Let them know that it will not be business as usual, and that Putin cannot protect their interests.

Provide equipment to track war crimes immediately

Supply technology and support to groups recording Putin’s war crimes. Fund the human rights groups and lawyers who will ensure that Putin and his cronies are one day brought to justice.

1. Provide urgent military assistance so that Ukraine can protect its citizens

Ukraine needs to be able to liberate its territory and to protect its citizens from atrocities such as those uncovered at Bucha and Irpin. To do this Ukraine urgently needs offensive weapons including anti-aircraft systems, planes, tanks, and artillery.

2. Impose an embargo on all Russian oil and gas.

Europe and the US must stop buying and trading in Russian oil and gas to cut off the revenues Putin uses to fund his war machine.

3. Total SWIFT Ban for Russian Banks

Although financial sanctions have been imposed, there are many half-measures and loopholes. We must impose the strongest possible sanctions, including a total SWIFT ban, on Russia’s central bank, Sberbank and others.

4. Stop all trade or investment that can be used to support the Russian military

Stop all trade, investments or export of technologies to sectors of the Russian economy that can be used for war including mechanical and aerospace engineering, nuclear research, shipbuilding, artificial intelligence.

5. Support international efforts to hold Russia to account for its war crimes

Support international efforts to set up a Special Tribunal and establish an International Commission of Inquiry. Provide financial and technical support to the Government of Ukraine to document and investigate war crimes, crimes of aggression, crimes against humanity, and genocide.

These actions will not only save millions of Ukrainian lives, but also Polish, Czech, Slovak, Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Georgian, Moldovan and other nations. Ukraine will not give up, we will continue to fight for a world based on sovereignty, democracy and international law. We will only succeed if the international community stand shoulder to shoulder with us, to protect the freedom of Ukraine and confront the urgent threat to the democratic world. 

Kyiv Declaration Signatories

This six-point appeal has been signed by 40 Ukrainian civil society organisations in Kyiv and other cities under siege including:

  1. Ukraine Crisis Media Centre, Nataliya Popovych
  2. Civic Network Opora, Olga Aivazovska
  3. Ukrainian Helsinki Group for Human Rights, Oleksandr Pavlichenko
  4. Plast, Natalia Kolesnyk
  5. Public Interest Journalism Lab, Natalia Gumeniuk
  6. Internews Ukraine, Volodymyr Yermolenko
  7. ZMINA Centre for Human Rights, Tetyana Pechonchyk
  8. Ukrainian Institute London, Olesya Khromeychuk
  9. Vostok SOS, Kostiantyn Reutskyi
  10. ISAR Yednannia, Volodymyr Sheyhus
  11. StopFake, Yevhen Fedchenko
  12. Ukrainian Centre for Independent Policy Research, Yuliya Tyshchenko
  13. Ukrainian Catholic University, Fr. Dr. Bohdan Prach
  14. Centre for Civil Liberties, Oleksandra Matviichuk
  15. Global Ukraine, Violeta Moskalu
  16. DixyGroup, Olena Pavlenko
  17. Vox Ukraine, Svitlana Slipchenko
  18. Izolyatsia Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Mykhailo Glubokyi
  19. Hromadske TV, Yuliia Fediv
  20. Detector Media, Galyna Petrenko
  21. European Experts Association, Maria Avdeeva
  22. Come BackAlive, Taras Chmut
  23. Women’s Perspectives, Lyubov Maksymovych
  24. PEN Ukraine, Tetyana Teren
  25. Mission of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, Maria Tomak
  26. IREX Ukraine, Mehri Druckman
  27. IREX Ukraine, Yuliya Solovey
  28. Professional Government Association of Ukraine, Harvard Club of Ukraine, Constantine Lisnichiy
  29. Anastasiia Gernega, Touchpoint NGO
  30. Halyna Skipalska, Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health
  31. Charity Foundation ‘Stabilization Support Services’, War Childhood Museum Ukraine, Yevhenii Monastyrskyi
  32. Realnaya Gazeta, Andriy Dikhtyarenko
  33. Ukrainian Prism, Hennadiy Maksak
  34., Roman Kulchytskyi
  35. Ukrainian Foundation for Security Studies, Yulia Kazdobina
  36. NGO “CRIMEASOS”, Tamila Tasheva
  37. ABO Agency, Lera Lauda
  38. Lviv Media Forum, Olga Myrovych
  39. Centre of Public Investigations, Valerii Bolgan
  40. OstroV, Sergiy Garmash
  41. Odesa Regional Organization of the All-Ukrainian NGO “Committee of Voters of Ukraine”, Anatoliy Boyko
  42. Institute for Central European Strategy, Dmytro Tuzhanskyi
  43. Democratic Foundations Initiatives, Maria Zolkina
  44. Centre of Public Initiatives “Ideas for Change”, Olena Zakharova
  45. Ukrainian People’s House in Chernivtsi, Taras Khalavka
  46. Centre for Army, Conversion, Mykhailo Samus
  47. CGS Strategy XXI, Mykhailo Gonchar
  48. No Borders Project, Maksym Butkevych
  49. Vox Ukraine, Ilona Solohub
  50. Ukrainian Media and Communications Institute, Diana Dutsyk
  51. Donetsk Institute of Information, Lyubov Rakovitsa
  52. Agency for Legislative Initiatives, Svitlana Matviienko
  53. Ukraine Analytica, Hanna Shelest
  54. Smoloskyp Publishers, Rostyslav Shemkiv
  55. Kyiv Security Forum, Danylo Lubkivsky
  56. ProMova, Yevhen Hlibovytsky
  57. Vaad of Ukraine, Josef Zissels
  58. Democracy Development Initiative, Ksenia Kosheleva
  59. Euromaidan SOS, Veronika Puhach
  60. Institute of Mass Information, Oksana Romaniuk
  61. Election Council UA, Yevhen Bystrytsky
  62. Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, prof. Ihor Kozlovsky
  63. Ostroh Academy, prof. Andrii Smyrnov
  64. Centre for Perspective Initiatives and Studies, Mykhailo Rudenko
  65. Iskra Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, Irena Remestwenski
  66. Regional Rada of Ukrainians in Crimea, Andriy Ivanets
  67. Kyiv Mohyla Academy, prof. Konstantin Sigov
  68. Institute of Information Security, Artem Bidenko
  69. PEN Ukraine, Tetyana Teren
  70. Larysa Denysenko, Writer, Attorney
  71. PEN Ukraine, Andriy Lyubka
  72. PEN Ukraine, Ostap Slyvynsky
  73. Myroslava Barchuk, journalist
  74. Ukrainian Institute, Alim Aliev
  75. Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Ola Hnatiuk
  76. E-SOS, Veronika Velch
  77. Ukrainian Catholic University, Vice-Rector, Myroslav Marynovych
  78. Ukrainian Catholic University, Yaroslav Hrytsak
  79. PEN Ukraine, Artem Chapeye
  80. Vitaly Portnikov, journalist
  81. Radio Culture, Iryna Slavinska
  82. Almenda, Valentyna Potapova
  83. Ukrainian Catholic University, Oleh Turiy
  84. National Public Television, Yuri Makarov
  85. Institute of Sociology of the NAS of Ukraine, Eugene Golovakha
  86. University of Lviv, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Jurko Prochasko
  87. UNIVER Investment Group, Taras Kozak
  88. Politics of Nature (PoN), Frederik Lassen
  89. Euromaidan Press, Alya Shandra
  90. Behind the Putins Lie, Alona Romaniuk
  91. University College Stockholm, Cyril Hovorun
  92. Ukrainian Catholic University, Volodymyr Turchynovskyy
  93., Viktoriia Romaniuk
  94. Internews Ukraine, Vitalii Rybak
  95. Obnova, Natalia Bereza
  96. Center for European Policy Analysis, Olga Tokariuk
  97. America House Lviv, Volodymyr Byehlov
  98. Association Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine, Svyatoslav Pavlyuk
  99. East Europe Foundation, Oleksandra Pidenko
  100. VoxUkraine, University of Kent, Denys Nizalov
  101. VoxUkraine, University of California, Berkeley,
  102. Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Kyiv School of Economics, VoxUkraine, Tymofiy Brik
  103. Centre for Civil Liberties, Oleksandra Drik 
  104. Kyiv School of Economics, Nataliia Shapoval 
  105. Liubov Tsybulska, hybrid warfare expert
  106. School for Policy Analysis at Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Olexiy Haran

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International Endorsements

The following are international endorsers of the call by Ukrainian civil Society for the Kyiv declaration:

  1. Dr Charles Powell CMG, Director, The Elcano Royal Institute
  2. Nathalie Tocci, Director, Istituto Affari Internazionali
  3. Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House
  4. Jonathan Powell, CEO, Intermediate
  5. Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford
  6. Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Former President of Estonia
  7. Anthony Lake, Former National Security Advisor, President Bill Clinton
  8. Alexander Stubb, Former Prime Minister of Finland
  9. Radek Sikorski, Polish MEP and former Foreign Minister
  10. Carl. Billdt, Former Prime Minister of Sweden
  11. Bernard Henri Levvy, French Philosopher
  12. Tom Tugendhat,  Chair of UK Foreign Affairs Select Committee
  13. Tom Holland, Historian
  14. Simon Schama, Historian
  15. Rory Stewart, Former MP and Diplomat
  16. Paul Greengrass, Film Director
  17. Elinor Sisulu, South African Writer and Activist
  18. Eka Tkeshelashvili, former deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of Georgia
  19. Valdis Zatlers – Former President of Latvia
  20. Rosen Plevneliev – Former President of Bulgaria
  21. Mikheil Saakashvili – Former President of Georgia
  22. Žygimantas Pavilionis, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
  23. Stephen Harper, Former PM of Canada
  24. Senator Denise Batters, Q.C. – Canadian Politician 


Come Back Alive 

Launched in 2014, Come Back Alive became one of the biggest organization providing support to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The fund does not use funds for purchasing arms. Their mission is limited to supplying technology, trainings, and accouterments to help save lives of Ukrainians and help Ukrainian soldiers defend Ukraine. 

Voices of Children

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Save the Children

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Revived Soldiers of Ukraine

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