February 2023 – “One year since it launched its illegal and brutal invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s campaign of murder and terror against the Ukrainian people continues, with the complicity of Belarus.”
So says the ITUC in a statement released to coincide with the marking of a year since the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia began. Thousands of civilians have been killed and many more injured, as Russian forces have targeted cities, towns and critical infrastructure including hospitals and energy facilities. The futures of countless people have been irreversibly harmed.
The ITUC-affiliated national trade union centres FPU and KVPU have mobilised to deliver humanitarian assistance, supported by the ITUC through its public fundraising appeal, as well as by the ETUC and many other organisations, including trade unions from Europe and beyond.
This has included the provision of support for bereaved families, providing accommodation, food, medical supplies and other necessities for displaced people, repairing damaged buildings and providing psychosocial and other support to families. The union organisations continue to carry out their core trade union functions, under extremely difficult conditions. In addition, unions in neighbouring countries are active in providing advice and support to refugees.
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