SGCR strongly condemns the Russian military’s ruthless aggression and expansion into Ukraine. We stand in full solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are courageously defending their country against the largest military in Europe.
Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, over 13,000 people have died and a million more have been displaced. Now with the largest military mobilization on the European continent since World War II, these numbers may rise exponentially. Wars do not benefit the people or the environment that sustains them; it only serves to destroy the two. Those least responsible for this war have suffered and will continue to suffer its greatest consequences.
At a time when the world must band together to deal with the most pressing issues of our time, such belligerence will only hinder the international cooperation needed to build a sustainable world so that nature and all the life that it has spawned can flourish.
We also stand in solidarity with the brave anti-war protesters in Russia who risk arrests to speak out against the invasion. In particular, we affirm Fridays for Future Russia and many others who have courageously repudiated their government. We call for the Russian government to listen to its people and withdraw its troops from Ukraine and cease hostilities immediately.
The Singapore Red Cross is raising funds to support ongoing humanitarian operations in Ukraine. To donate, go to redcross.sg