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THE WAR IN UKRAINE
Nuclear Weapons and You.

Like you, we at Voices have questions about how the horrific events happening to the Ukrainian people and their country will impact us individually as well as our global family. We realize many folks may be new to the nuclear weapon issue and the threats they pose. Especially in a time of war so we've compiled a list of questions and answers to aid in making sense of what is currently at stake. The good news is that this war quickly caught the attention of virtually all global institutions; pushing them to mobilize and take dramatic forceful action against a major threat to global peace.


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THE BASICS

WHAT: Russia invaded Ukraine calling it a "special military operation". The International Court of Justice (IJC)has ordered Russia to halt military operations in Ukraine announcing that doing so is legally binding, but they have not complied.  

WHERE: The war is fought on Ukrainian soil but is felt worldwide as this has a direct impact on all other nations if a full war rages on.

 

Click HERE for a map of the attacks by aljazeera.com which also has a page dedicated to the Russia-Ukraine war HERE.

WHO: Vladamir Putin is the Russian President and Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the President of Ukraine.

WHY: While there had been tensions between Russia and Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, for a long time, the situation began getting out of control in early 2021. Click HERE for a 10-point article on what fueled this invasion.

WHEN: The first attack on Ukraine was on February 24, 2022. 

 

Click HERE for a regularly updated timeline of "sanctions against Russia and other major events starting Nov. 2021" by PIIE.

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Q&A

Which countries have the most nuclear weapons? Russia and the United States of America have over 90% of the world's nuclear weapons.

 

Who in Russia and in the United States has authority to launch a nuclear attack? Both Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden possess the sole authority to order the use of nuclear weapons. Their orders are carried out by each one's military command.

 

If either president orders the use of nuclear weapons, how long between the order and the release of the weapons?  Minutes.

If a nuclear weapon state launches a nuclear weapon can it be stopped? No. Once a nuclear weapon is launched it cannot be detonated or stopped.

 

What are the potential threats of the Russian Invasion? THIS article by Voices co-founder Jonathan Granoff discusses just that.

Given the unfolding situation in Ukraine, should I be afraid? We all need to learn more and follow the daily developments in Ukraine. At this moment, a nuclear war seems unlikely.  But the scene appears ripe for a radical turn of events.

What can I do to prepare for the worst of the worst? Have a plan, put together emergency kits, and read THIS preparation infographic for more information.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Here is a list of organizations, petitions, events, etc. for you to look into and participate with, in an effort to make real, impactful change. If you have more actionable resources for us to list here please send us an email for its consideration:

  • Stay Informed & Participate: Both virtual and in-person events are sporadic but ongoing. Subscribe to the newsletters or social media channels of those actively working towards making a difference. HERE is a link to our Founders & Allies page which features a wealth of people and organizations working in the nuclear disarmament space. We post event info on our Facebook & Twitter pages frequently. Consider following us on social for such updates.

  • Sign the Petition & Share: Launched by former Mayor of Hiroshima & former president of Mayor's for Peace, Tadatoshi Akiba, this petition is titled "Do NOT use Nuclear Weapons! Message from Japan" which you can access and share HERE.

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DONATIONS

VOICES STATEMENTS

The following are reflection statements written by one of Voices founding members, Bishop William E. Swing, regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the real nuclear threat that we face. 

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This is a list of organizations, nonprofits, and institutions actively working towards ridding the world of nuclear weapons as well as trusted links to financial aid for Ukraine:

  • ICAN: A broad, inclusive campaign, focused on mobilizing civil society around the world with the objective of prohibiting and eliminating nuclear weapons. 

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Our first and most pressing problem is how to do away with warfare as a method of solving conflicts.

- Margaret Mead