Our aims are:
▪ A sovereign Ukrainian state with territorial integrity and democratic politics.
▪ An enforceable peace settlement to prevent subsequent invasions of Ukraine.
▪ Minimizing loss of life, particularly of civilians, and providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine and support for refugees.
EXPEDITED MILITARY AID
The Russian military is bombarding residential areas and targeting civilians and evacuation zones. Incompletely or belatedly meeting Ukraine’s military needs increases the risk of a long and bloody war of attrition with high civilian casualties, war crimes, and genocide.
▪ Ukraine needs both ground and air-based platforms capable of intercepting or destroying Russian missiles, rockets, and artillery rounds, in addition to pledged aid.
▪ The Ukrainian government has also requested the provision of additional weaponry including fighter jets, tanks, and long range weapons systems.
▪ The U.S. must work with allies to supply existing systems and open up procurement channels. Joint US-Ukrainian funding and US backfilling would bolster this effort.
In addition to general yet severe sanctions on the Russian economy, sanctions should be focused on parallel strategies:
▪ Military complex sanctions. Severe sanctions on military technology trade, raw materials, energy, as well as on the financial sector will help incapacitate the Russian war machine. Less than 2% of Russia’s 300+ banks are currently on the U.S. Treasury’s SDN list.
▪ Sanctions segmentation. Pre-announced personal sanctions and asset seizures, when paired with clearly articulated methods to avoid sanctions and pathways to defections, can change the Russian elite’s incentive structure and split Putin’s oligarchs and senior officials.
CHEMICAL WEAPONS PROTECTION
The U.S. must articulate specific, proportionate, and severe responses in the event that Russia uses chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons in Ukraine. Additional protective equipment and supplies must be provided.
Bulk orders (>300,000) of basic individual first aid kits (IFAKs) are the most pressing medical need.
STATE SPONSOR OF TERRORISM
The U.S. must designate Russia a State Sponsor of Terrorism.
The officials you elected have immense power to help Ukraine win this war and you have the power to ask them for assistance.
If you are in the US, you can contact your representatives and senators, as well as the White House. We have some guides on how to do this, including a sample letter here: US Advocacy Guide
If you are outside of the US, the following document provides further information: Global Advocacy Guide
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Post to Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms. Sample messages you can use are available here: Advocacy Messaging
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