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Call to Belarussian Men to Refuse Recruitment to Fight for Russia in Ukraine: “No Means No!”   By Olga Karatch
I am requesting you to support our campaign “No Means No”, dedicated to reducing the number of Belarusian soldiers sent by the regime of Alexander Lukashenka to fight on the side of Russia in the war in Ukraine.Today a mass mobilization of Belarusian men in the age from 18 to 58 to the Belarusian army is under way: draft notices are arriving, instructing men to appear for service on March 4-9, 2022. According to an unconfirmed report received from sources inside the Belarussian armed (…)- Belarus / Belarusia / Ukraine (eng)

Belarussian “Just World” left party calls for an end to the war in Ukraine   By Just World (Belarus), Russian Socialist Movement (RSD)
On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched a special military operation aimed at demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. The world community qualifies Russia’s military actions against Ukraine as a war. Several days of combat have shown that the war brings nothing but military deaths on both sides, nothing but the deaths of civilians of Ukraine, nothing but destruction. Indeed, by definition, war cannot bring anything positive.
The Belarusian Left Party “Just World” (…)- Belarus / Belarusia / Ukraine (eng)Russia

Noam Chomsky: US Military Escalation Against Russia Would Have No Victors   By POLYCHRONIOU C.J.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine took much of the world by surprise. It is an unprovoked and unjustified attack that will go down in history as one of the major war crimes of the 21st century, argues Noam Chomsky in the exclusive interview for Truthout that follows. Political considerations, such as those cited by Russian President Vladimir Putin, cannot be used as arguments to justify the launching of an invasion against a sovereign nation. In the face of this horrific invasion, though, the (…)- Ukraine USA (Eng)IraqGeopolitics

Russia Holds Drills With Nuclear Submarines Amid Attack on Ukraine   By CORBETT Jessica
The military exercises, which also include land-based missile systems, come just two days after Putin put the nation’s nuclear forces on “special alert.”
Russia further elevated concerns about global catastrophe on Tuesday as its “nuclear submarines sailed off for drills in the Barents Sea and mobile missile launchers roamed snow forests” in Siberia just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and put his nation’s nuclear forces on “special alert.”
Anti-nuclear campaigners (…)- Russia / Nuclear (weapon)Ukraine (eng)

Condemn the invasion, but retain your critical faculties   By ENGLER Yves
Moscow’s bombing and invasion of Ukraine must be condemned by all those who believe in a rules-based international order and peaceful solutions to world problems. Hopefully Russian internationalists can come together to create a peace movement powerful enough to pressure their government.
While criticizing Russian imperialism, however, we shouldn’t lose sight of Canada’s significant role in stoking the divisions within Ukraine that have contributed to today’s crisis. Non-interference in other (…)- Ukraine Canada (Eng)NATO

Previously published articles…Prioritize Peace and Humanitarian Aid for Ukraine Over Weapons!
US-plaining is not enough. To the Western left, on your and our mistakes
Something to believe in: signifiers, symbols and Russia’s national ideology
This is what it’s like inside Russia’s anti-war movement
Ukraine’s human rights and civil society leaders appeal to world for urgent help
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