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Embargo Russian Fuels – Bankrupt Putin // #EmbargoRussianFuels #bankruptPutin

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Changes to the petition

at 30 May 2022 00:06

Have not reached the necessary amount of supporters.


New deadline: 30.06.2022
Signatures at the time of the change: 177


Changes to the petition

at 03 May 2022 16:33

Still not enough signatures, we need more time.


New deadline: 31.05.2022
Signatures at the time of the change: 173


Changes to the petition

at 20 Mar 2022 00:28

We need more time. - Potřebujeme více času.


New deadline: 03.04.2022
Signatures at the time of the change: 122


Subscription period active - Zbankrotujte Putina – další novinky / Bankrupt Putin – more news

at 08 Mar 2022 15:48

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Drazí podporovatelé petice Zbankrotujte Putina,

mám pro Vás další novinky.

Po inspirativní výměně názorů s další iniciativou, jakou je ta naše, jsem se rozhodl přistoupit k tomu, že naši petici zaměříme na jeden konkrétní požadavek, který začíná nabírat na síle i ve světě. Tím požadavkem je embargo na ruská fosilní paliva, jako ropa a zemní plyn.

Požadavky jako „zpřísnění sankcí“ nemají velkou šanci něco změnit, protože nejsou dostatečně konkrétní. Ale pokud bychom svým dílem přispěli k tomu, že Západ zavede toto embargo, tak se nám podaří zasáhnout ruské oligarchy tam, kde to nejvíce bolí.

I když to jistě nevybočuje z našeho dosavadního směru, tak jde o dost velkou změnu na to, abych cítil povinnost Vám připomenout možnost svůj podpis kdykoliv vzít zpět. Stačí když mi napíšete pomocí tlačítka „Dotaz na iniciátora“ pod peticí a já Váš podpis smažu. Pevně věřím ale, že se tak u nikoho z Vás nestane.

Možnost, že se spojíme s další iniciativou, je stále na stole.

Děkuji Vám za Vaši podporu!

Se srdečným pozdravem
Miroslav Valenta

[ENGLISH – ENGLISH – ENGLISH]

Dear supporters of the petition Bankrupt Putin,

I have more news for you.

After an inspirational exchange of ideas with another initiative like our own, I have decided to focus our petition on one specific demand, which is currently gaining momentum in the world. This demand is an embargo on Russian fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas.

Demands like “tightening up sanctions” have very little chance of changing anything, because they are not specific enough. But if we contribute to making the West place this embargo, we will manage to hit Russian oligarchs where it hurts the most.

Although this clearly does not deviate from our current trajectory, it is a big enough change for me to feel the need to remind you about a possibility to withdraw your signature at any time. All you need to do is write to me using the button “Question to the initiator” and I will delete your signature. I strongly believe, however, that this will not happen with any one of you.

The possibility of joining with another initiative is still on the table.

Thank you for your support!

Most sincerely,
Miroslav Valenta


Changes to the petition

at 08 Mar 2022 15:40

making hashtag in bold to be more visible


New petition description:

My relatives are at the time of writing in Kyiv and its vicinity. Apart from donations to military equipment, donations to humanitarian aid and a potential ride from the Ukrainian border to our home, I have no way to truly help them.

In television, we see pictures of bombarded Kharkiv and Chernihiv, damaged houses in Kyiv, and listen as the politicians on one side talk about severe sanctions and on the other defend the importance of trade with Russia.

I do not wish to downplay the problems of those who as a result of sanctions could get into financial straits, but at the end of the day it is only money. More money can be earned, but lives lost are lost for good.

I have to try and contribute to ending this conflict, even if some would consider it hopeless. Because the real hopelessness would be to do nothing when your loved ones send you messages like: “I hope we survive this night.”

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Words of support will not end this war, a military help of the West is still unlikely and the current sanctions against Russia are not sufficient enough. For if they were sufficient enough, the war would be over. We cannot wait any more for Russia to slowly financially bleed out, we must hit Putin’s regime where it hurts.

That is why we demand an immediate embargo on Russian fossil fuels, particularly natural gas and oil.

By signing this petition we accept consequences this can have on our comfort and standard of living but even if we had to organize public fund-raisers to support our fellow citizens, it is incomparable to the suffering of the Ukrainian people, costs of a prolonged conflict and implications to our own security in the case of success of this Russian aggression.

The aim of this petition is to unite those who call for tighter sanctions behind one specific measure to push through together.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

*** What do we need you to do right now ***

  1. Sign this petition.
  2. Share this petition. Short link: openpetition.eu/!bankruptputin
  3. Read information sent to your e-mail address you used for signing.

**** What is the plan ****

  • Phase 1: gaining supporters
  • Phase 2: connecting or integrating with other initiatives like ourselves
  • Phase 3: gaining support of citizens’ associations and public figures
  • Phase 4: putting pressure on political representatives to push this embargo through

***** In what other ways could you help *****

  • Help with the campaign: if you have experience with such things, do not hesitate to contact the author of this petition – there is a button “Question to the initiator” below the petition.
  • Help with translation and organization in other countries: if you are not from the Czech Republic or even if you just speak a different language than Czech and want to help, please let us know as well. You may translate the petition using the button “New language version” under the petition.
  • Support other petitions like this one: Anything that helps spreading the message. One of the more prominent petitions on the topic of Russian fuel embargo is addressed to the US Congress: www.change.org/p/congress-of-the-united-states-maximum-sanctions-for-putin-s-russia
  • Be active: rouse the people around you, attend protests, write to politicians. On social media, for example, you can use the hashtag #EmbargoRussianFuels.
  • Help wherever you can: every kind of help to Ukraine and its citizens could mean the difference between victory and defeat, between hope and suffering. We did not cause this crisis, but we can help solving it.


Neue Begründung:

Sanctions against ordinary citizens are not effective enough, because in the authoritarian Russia, perhaps not even famine or public rioting could make Putin back away, but a revolt of oligarchs would do it for sure. That is why sanctions must target the oligarchs in particular, and one of their most important sources of income is the trade with oil and natural gas. Maintaining the trade with these resources was also one of the main reasons why several Russian banks were kept in SWIFT.

The purpose of sanctions against Russia is not to forever cut our mutual trade ties, but to end the war as quickly as possible, so that the world can get back to normal. That is why we have to go for the most severe sanctions possible, despite their high cost, because the cost of not imposing these sanctions is even higher.

Given the reluctance of the West to engage in this conflict on a military level, sanctions are currently the only tool we have at our disposal. If we do not use them to their full capacity, we are risking this Russian aggression being successful, which would mean danger for other countries in the future, since it would be obvious that the West is powerless against this kind of aggression. Whilst the longer this conflict continues, the greater will be the amount of casualties, property and cultural damages and at the end of the day even our own expenses for helping Ukraine and its citizens. It is therefore in our best interest to make this war end as quickly as possible by a defeat of Russia.

Pushing the embargo on fuels through would mean opening up the doors for other sanctions, not only on technical level, such as in the case of the complete disconnect from SWIFT, but also by showing the political representation our willingness to accept sanctions which will impact our comfort and standard of living.

Still, it would not be practical to try and push through more of our demands at once, since more demands means higher chance of none being met. Similar can be said about demands that are not specific enough. Slogans like “end the war” or “tighten up sanctions” are so vague that politicians can always claim they are doing their best, even when they do very little. This unfortunately also shows on our current results.

Despite the overwhelming public support for Ukraine and a fair number of initiatives similar to this one, there is only one slogan with a concrete demand that is in general use – “Close the sky” of the initiative demanding protection of the air-space above Ukraine. Although, as of yet, they did not succeed in their efforts, they are still the only ones, who gained universal support across many countries. This shows us that the biggest chance of success have initiatives with such demands that are specific, comprehensible, could significantly help Ukraine and are directly demanded by the representatives of Ukraine themselves.

Even if this petition never comes close to this and the only thing it achieves is brining a couple of individuals to something bigger and more successful, then every such individual could be the proverbial pebble that starts the avalanche.avalanche...


Signatures at the time of the change: 86


Changes to the petition

at 08 Mar 2022 15:38

Complete rewrite of the petition to focus only on one specific problem, in order to increase its effectiveness.


New title: Embargo Russian Fuels – Bankrupt Putin – Initiative for severe sanctions against Russia // #EmbargoRussianFuels #bankruptPutin

New petition description:

My relatives are at the time of writing in Kyiv and its vicinity. Apart from donations to military equipment, donations to humanitarian aid and a potential ride from the Ukrainian border to our home, I have no way to truly help them.

In television, we see pictures of bombarded Kharkiv and Chernihiv, damaged houses in Kyiv, and listen as the politicians on one side talk about severe sanctions and on the other defend the importance of trade with Russia.

I do not wish to downplay the problems of those who as a result of sanctions could get into financial straits, but at the end of the day it is only money. More money can be earned, but lives lost are lost for good.

I have to try and contribute to ending this conflict, even if some would consider it hopeless. Because the real hopelessness would be to do nothing when your loved ones send you messages like: “I hope we survive this night.”

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Words of support will not end this war, a military help of the West is still unlikely and the current sanctions against Russia are not sufficient.sufficient enough. For if they were sufficient,sufficient enough, the war would be over.The worldWe can no longercannot wait any more for Russia to slowly financially bleed outout, financially.we Themust longerhit Putin’s regime where it hurts.

That is why we demand an immediate embargo on Russian fossil fuels, particularly natural gas and oil.

By signing this conflictpetition continues,we theaccept greaterconsequences willthis becan thehave numberon our comfort and standard of causalities, cultural and material damage, and at the end of the day even our expense for helping Ukraine and its citizens. Severe enough sanctions will affect us,living but even if we had to organize public fund-raisers to support our fellow citizens, it is incomparable to the suffering of the Ukrainian people, costs of a prolonged conflict and implications to our own security in the case of success of thethis Russian aggression.

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The goal is not to forever cut the trade ties with either of these countries, but to end this war as soon as possible, so that the world can get back to normal. If Putin loses the support of China, Belarus and the Russian oligarchs, the war will be over.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

*** What do we need you to do right now ***

  1. Sign this petition.
  2. Share this petition. Short link: openpetition.eu/!bankruptputin
  3. Read information sent to your e-mail address you used for signing.

**** What is the long-term plan ****

  • Phase 1: approachinggaining as many people around us as we can to gain the necessary support for other phases. – This goes on right now via this petition.supporters
  • Phase 2: connecting or integrating with other suchinitiatives initiatives,like ourselves
  • Phase 3: gaining support of citizens’ associations and public figures. It is quite possible that during this phase we will integrate with another initiative. They already exist but it seems that none of them at this point deal with the question of China for example. Nevertheless, it is more important to work together to achieve at least some of our goals, instead of spreading ourselves thin and trying to achieve everything at once. Even a single sanction could decide if and when Putin’s regime goes bankrupt.figures
  • Phase 3:4: putting pressure on political representatives to put these measures into practice. At the end of the day it will be up to politicians to get things done. As of yet, they can hide behind the notion that the public does not wish for more severe sanctions. We must persuade them otherwise.In all three phases we will be seeking supporters in other countries. If we are successful, the resulting movement could push politiciansthis aroundembargo the world to be more decisive when it comes to Russia. But every such movement begins with the first few individuals.through

***** In what other ways could you help *****

  • Help with the campaign: if you have experience with such things, do not hesitate to contact the author of this petition – there is a button “Question to the initiator” below the petition.
  • Help with translation and organization in other countries: if you are not from the Czech Republic or even if you just speak a different language than Czech and want to help, please let us know as well. You may translate the petition using the button “New language version” under the petition.
  • Support other petitions like this one: Anything that helps spreading the message. One of the more prominent petitions on the topic of Russian fuel embargo is addressed to the US Congress: www.change.org/p/congress-of-the-united-states-maximum-sanctions-for-putin-s-russia
  • Be active: rouse the people around you, attend protests, write to politicians. #bankruptPutin already floats around onOn social media.media, for example, you can use the hashtag #EmbargoRussianFuels.
  • Help wherever you can: every kind of help to Ukraine and its citizens could mean the difference between victory and defeat, between hope and suffering. We did not cause this crisis, but we can help solving it.


Neue Begründung:

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Still, it would not be practical to try and push through more of our demands at once, since more demands means higher chance of none being met. Similar can be said about demands that are not specific enough. Slogans like “end the war” or “tighten up sanctions” are so vague that politicians can always claim they are doing their best, even when they do very little. This unfortunately also shows on our current results.

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New deadline: 20.03.2022
Signatures at the time of the change: 86


Subscription period active - Zbankrotujte Putina – novinky / Bankrupt Putin – news

at 06 Mar 2022 21:16

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Drazí podporovatelé petice Zbankrotujte Putina,

mám pro Vás pár novinek.

Tou první a nejdůležitější je, že již brzy se možná spojíme s další podobnou iniciativou jakou jsme my. Jde nám o to, aby občanská společnost táhla za jeden provaz a zvýšit naše šance na úspěch.

Tou druhou je plán, jak budeme postupovat, abychom dosáhli našich vytyčených cílů. Tento plán naleznete na stránce petice pod názvem „Jak toho chceme dosáhnout“.

Petice doznala odpovídajících změn, ale to podstatné zůstává: pomoci prosadit takové sankce, které pomohou ukončit tuto válku bankrotem Putinova režimu.

Děkuji Vám za podporu!

Se srdečným pozdravem
Miroslav Valenta

[ENGLISH – ENGLISH – ENGLISH]

Dear supporters of the petition Bankrupt Putin,

I have a couple of news for you.

The first and most important is that soon we might join another such initiative like ourselves. The goal is to have the civil society pulling together to increase our chances of success.

The second news is the plan of how we are going to proceed in order to achieve the goals that we have set forth. You may find this plan on the petition site under the title “How do we plan to achieve this”.

The petition itself underwent changes corresponding to this, but what is important remains: to push forward such sanctions which will end this war in a bankruptcy of Putin’s regime.

Thank you for your support!

Most sincerely,
Miroslav Valenta


Changes to the petition

at 06 Mar 2022 21:10

Moving around and reneaming the paragraphs for clarity.


New petition description:

Words of support will not end this war, a military help of the West is still unlikely and the current sanctions against Russia are not sufficient. For if they were sufficient, the war would be over.

The world can no longer wait for Russia to slowly bleed out financially. The longer this conflict continues, the greater will be the number of causalities, cultural and material damage, and at the end of the day even our expense for helping Ukraine and its citizens. Severe enough sanctions will affect us, but even if we had to organize public fund-raisers to support our fellow citizens, it is incomparable to the suffering of the Ukrainian people, costs of a prolonged conflict and implications to our own security in case of success of the Russian aggression.

The aim of this initiative is uniting civil society in support of sanctions and measures against the Russian aggression and ending this war as quickly as possible. Currently we strive for the following:

  • The most severe sanctions possible against Russian oligarchs, including a complete disconnect from SWIFT. The main reason for keeping at least some of the banks in SWIFT is trading with Russian gas and oil, which are two of the most important sources of income for Russian oligarchs, whom these sanctions must target in the first place. Sanctions against ordinary citizens are not effective enough, because in the authoritarian Russia perhaps not even famine or public rioting could make Putin back away, but a revolt of oligarchs would do it for sure.
  • Equivalent sanctions against Belarusian dictator Lukashenko, whose regime takes part in this invasion alongside Russia. Less allies Putin has, the better. Sanctions again need to target Lukashenko himself and the people around him for the same reasons as in the case of Russia.
  • Pressure on China to abandon support of Russia, even by the means of sanctions. Even if we completely isolate Russia, trade with China could keep the Russian government afloat. Other countries have to work towards discouraging China from supporting Putin’s regime, even if that means sanctions against China.

The goal is not to forever cut the trade ties with either of these countries, but to end this war as soon as possible, so that the world can get back to normal. If Putin loses the support of China, Belarus and the Russian oligarchs, the war will be over.

*** HowWhat do we planneed you to achievedo right now ***

  1. Sign this ***petition.
  2. Share this petition. Short link: openpetition.eu/!bankruptputin
  3. Read information sent to your e-mail address you used for signing.

**** What is the long-term plan ****

  • Phase 1: approaching as many people around us as we can to gain the necessary support for other phases. – This goes on right now via this petition.
  • Phase 2: connecting with other such initiatives, gaining support of citizens’ associations and public figures. It is quite possible that during this phase we will integrate with another initiative. They already exist but it seems that none of them at this point deal with the question of China for example. Nevertheless, it is more important to work together to achieve at least some of our goals, instead of spreading ourselves thin and trying to achieve everything at once. Even a single sanction could decide if and when Putin’s regime goes bankrupt.
  • Phase 3: putting pressure on political representatives to put these measures into practice. At the end of the day it will be up to politicians to get things done. As of yet, they can hide behind the notion that the public does not wish for more severe sanctions. We must persuade them otherwise.
  • In all three phases we will be seeking supporters in other countries. If we are successful, the resulting movement could push politicians around the world to be more decisive when it comes to Russia. But every such movement begins with the first few individuals.**** What do we need you to do right now ****Sign this petition.
  • Share this petition. Short link: openpetition.eu/!bankruptputinRead information sent to your e-mail address you used for signing.

***** In what other ways could you help *****

  • Help with the campaign: if you have experience with such things, do not hesitate to contact the author of this petition – there is a button “Question to the initiator” below the petition.
  • Help with translation and organization in other countries: if you are not from the Czech Republic or even if you just speak a different language than Czech and want to help, please let us know as well. You may translate the petition using the button “New language version” under the petition.
  • Be active: rouse the people around you, attend protests, write to politicians. #bankruptPutin already floats around on social media.
  • Help wherever you can: every kind of help to Ukraine and its citizens could mean the difference between victory and defeat, between hope and suffering. We did not cause this crisis, but we can help solving it.

Signatures at the time of the change: 79


Changes to the petition

at 06 Mar 2022 21:02

A complete rewrite of the petition without changing what is important. The main thing is adding the overall plan under the title "How do we plan to achieve this"


New title: Bankrupt Putin – PetitionInitiative tofor thesevere leaderssanctions ofagainst the worldRussia // #bankruptPutin

New petition description:

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  • The most severe sanctions possible against Russian oligarchs, including a complete disconnect from SWIFT. The main reason for keeping at least some of the banks in SWIFT is trading with Russian gas and oil, which are two of the most important sources of income for Russian oligarchs, whom these sanctions must target in the first place. Sanctions against ordinary citizens are not effective enough, because in the authoritarian Russia perhaps not even famine or public rioting could make Putin back away, but a revolt of oligarchs would do it for sure.
  • Equivalent sanctions against Belarusian dictator Lukashenko, whose regime takes part in this invasion alongside Russia. Less allies Putin has, the better. Sanctions again need to target Lukashenko himself and the people around him for the same reasons as in the case of Russia.
  • Pressure on China to abandon support of Russia, even by the means of sanctions. Even if we completely isolate Russia, trade with China could keep the Russian government afloat. Other countries have to work towards discouraging China from supporting Putin’s regime, even if that aremeans sanctions against China.

The goal is not to forever cut the trade ties with either of these countries, but to end this war as soon as possible, so that the world can get back to normal. If Putin loses the support of China, Belarus and the Russian oligarchs, the war will be over.

*** How do we plan to achieve this ***

Phase 1: approaching as many people around us as we can to gain the necessary support for other phases. – This goes on right now via this petition.

Phase 2: connecting with other such initiatives, gaining support of citizens’ associations and public figures. It is quite possible that during this phase we will integrate with another initiative. They already callingexist but it seems that none of them at this point deal with the question of China for tighterexample. sanctions,Nevertheless, it is more important to work together to achieve at least some of our goals, instead of spreading ourselves thin and to raise awareness amongst those who still hesitate.***** Howtrying to makeachieve thiseverything happenat *****once. Even a single sanction could decide if and when Putin’s regime goes bankrupt.

Phase 3: putting pressure on political representatives to put these measures into practice. At the end of the day it will be up to politicians to get things done. As of yet, they can hide behind the notion that the public does not wish for more severe sanctions. We must persuade them otherwise.

In all three phases we will be seeking supporters in other countries. If we are successful, the resulting movement could push politicians around the world to be more decisive when it comes to Russia. But every such movement begins with the first few individuals.

**** What do we need you to do right now ****

  1. Sign this petition.
  2. Share this petition. Short link: openpetition.eu/!bankruptputin
  3. UseRead information sent to your e-mail address you used for signing.

***** In what other ways could you help *****

  • Help with the hashtagcampaign: if you have experience with such things, do not hesitate to contact the author of this petition – there is a button “Question to the initiator” below the petition.
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  • Be active: rouse the people around you, attend protests, write to politicians. #bankruptPutin already floats around on social media.
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Neue Begründung:

OurMy friends Lyuda and Igor and their six childrenrelatives are at the time of writing fleeing their home in Chernihiv region in the northern part of Ukraine. They left their house with only the necessities and are hoping that by some miracle they will get through the war-torn Ukraine to the West. Their oldest daughter Asya is paralysed from birth and needs special care. Even if they manage to escape, I cannot imagine what kind of life is ahead of them.Since I am not entirely sure they would like me to mention their names, I will only say that my relatives are at this moment in Kyiv and its vicinity.

Apart from donations to usefulmilitary causesequipment, donations to humanitarian aid and hopefullya apotential ride from the Ukrainian border to our home, I have no way to truly help anythem.

Sure, like many others I write to politicians, sign petitions, and attend demonstrations, but it still seems to me that concrete measures which could lead to ending this conflict are sounding few and far between. One of these few is the request for closure of Ukrainian air-space known as “Close the sky”. Unfortunately, it is still uncertain whether this can happen. That does not mean we should stop our efforts, but maybe we should not put all of our bets on this one of them.card.

In television, we see pictures of bombarded Kharkiv and Chernihiv, damaged houses in Kyiv, and listen as the politicians on one side talk about severe sanctions and on the other defend the importance of Russian gas.

I do not wish to downplay the problems of those who as a result of sanctions willcould get into financial straits, but at the end of the day it is only money. ThisMore money wecan maybe saveearned, orbut loselives dependinglost are lost for good. Not to mention that it seems to me more and more that our “dependence” on theRussian kindgas ofactually sanctionscomes from lobby influence, but even if that was not so, I cannot reconcile with us living in a world where we impose,seriously butmeasure Ihuman wouldlife likeagainst toa askheating thebill. leadersOr ofcould the so-called wealthy West:Will thethis money we are saving repay the suffering of millions of Ukrainians who lost their homes or their loved ones?Are you going to use this money to build a new house for Lyuda and Igor in a free and independent Ukraine?Could money – should the worst come to pass – buy me a grandmother?

Ukrainians fight for the fate of their country and perhaps the entire Europe. The least I can do is to fight using the tools of democratic society. I have no delusionsillusions that this petition iscould realisticallybecome goinga seed of something as powerful as “Close the sky” but for the sake of my loved ones, I at least have to savetry. them,Even butif the only thing I doachieve not know what elseis to do.Inbring a worldcouple whereof humanindividuals lifeto issomething measuredbigger againstand amore heatingsuccessful, bill,every Isuch feelindividual acould great,be greatthe sorrow.proverbial pebble that starts the avalanche.

M. V.


Signatures at the time of the change: 79


Changes to the petition

at 04 Mar 2022 21:42

connecting the sentences "this money we may save...." and "but I would like to ask..." in the "Reasons" part.


Neue Begründung:

Our friends Lyuda and Igor and their six children are at the time of writing fleeing their home in Chernihiv region in the northern part of Ukraine. They left their house with only the necessities and are hoping that by some miracle they will get through the war-torn Ukraine to the West. Their oldest daughter Asya is paralysed from birth and needs special care. Even if they manage to escape, I cannot imagine what kind of life is ahead of them.

Since I am not entirely sure they would like me to mention their names, I will only say that my relatives are at this moment in Kyiv and its vicinity.

Apart from donations to useful causes and hopefully a ride from the Ukrainian border to our home, I have no way to truly help any one of them.

In television, we see pictures of bombarded Kharkiv and Chernihiv, damaged houses in Kyiv, and listen as the politicians on one side talk about severe sanctions and on the other defend the importance of Russian gas.

I do not wish to downplay the problems of those who as a result of sanctions will get into financial straits, but at the end of the day it is only money. This money we may save or lose depending on the kind of sanctions we impose.impose, Butbut I would like to ask the leaders of the so-called wealthy West:

  • Will the money we are saving repay the suffering of millions of Ukrainians who lost their homes or their loved ones?
  • Are you going to use this money to build a new house for Lyuda and Igor in a free and independent Ukraine?
  • Could money – should the worst come to pass – buy me a grandmother?

I have no delusions that this petition is realistically going to save them, but I do not know what else to do.

In a world where human life is measured against a heating bill, I feel a great, great sorrow.

M. V.


Signatures at the time of the change: 67


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