Stop nuclear terrorism:
Hands off Belarus and Ukraine

The  “Stop nukes terrorism: Hands off Belarus and Ukraine” rally is a unified response against what members of Russian and Belarusian communities see as a threat to global peace, a threat to Belarusian sovereignty and the blatant disregard for the will of the Belarusian people.

The series of rallies is coordinated by Voice of Free Russia Movement.

Putin’s regime has been increasingly undermining Belarus’ hard-won sovereignty and national identity, as well as supporting the erosion of human rights and free elections in Belarus. Since the start of full-fledged war with Ukraine, Belarus has been increasingly drawn into the war as well. The placement of nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil exacerbates those trends. It endangers Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states, and it endangers Belarus by making it a target of retaliation in the event of nuclear exchange. 

As Belarusian and Russian citizens who suppose a free, peaceful Belarus, we cannot be silent about these dangers. In cities across the world, we are coming together and coming out to express our disapproval. We call on all countries of the world to apply diplomatic pressure to avert this outcome. We call on everyone to support the activists and organizations fighting for a nuclear free, independent and peaceful Belarus. 

The crisis at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant began due to the occupation of this Europe’s largest nuclear facility by Russian troops during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Along with the satellite city of Energodar, the plant came under the control of the Russian military during their operation on March 3-4, 2022.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, the actions of the Russian armed forces, comprised of seizing the largest nuclear facility in Europe, destroying the infrastructure of the station, and damaging all the power lines, constitute the most difficult situation of this kind in history.

According to a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, “the situation in Ukraine is unprecedented. It is the first time a military conflict has
occurred amid the facilities of a large, established nuclear power programme.”

Russia took control of the nuclear plant, turning it into a military base, deploying combatants, weapons and mines there, as well as shelling the neighboring cities of Nikopol and Marganets from its territory. To protect themselves from return fire, the Russian military placed heavy weapons and ammunition in close proximity to the reactor buildings and spent nuclear fuel storage.

The Russian corporation Rosatom announced its appropriation of the ZNPP, trying to organize electricity supply from it to the occupied territories. The Ukrainian personnel of the station work under conditions of constant stress, being subjected to interrogations, torture and inhuman treatment, which increases the risk of nuclear incidents and accidents. At the moment, three deaths of ZNPP employees are known of.
The Russian military also restricts IAEA employees’ access to facilities on the territory of the, making it impossible to monitor the state of the plant.

The explosion of the Kakhovskaya HPP on the Dnipro river on June 6, 2023 is an additional threat to the Zaporizhzhya NPP, as it may lead to problems with its cooling.
According to intelligence data and satellite images, some power units and elements of the cooling system may have been mined. According to the Ukrainian side, the Russian side may deliberately seek to knock out the station in the event of the de-occupation of the region by the Ukrainian army.

The above information justifies the conclusion that the actions of the Russian authorities at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant are an unprecedented act of nuclear terrorism.

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Why Russian Nuclear Weapon Should Not be Placed in Belarus

Increasing Nuclear Escalation Risks:

The deployment of nuclear weapons in Belarus could heighten tensions and lead to a new arms race, destabilizing the global security environment and increasing the risk of nuclear confrontation.

Preservation of Belarusian Sovereignty:

The placement of foreign nuclear weapons on Belarusian soil is seen as an infringement on the country’s sovereignty and self-determination. It undermines the right of the Belarusian people to determine their own defense and foreign policies.

Humanitarian and Environmental Concerns:

Accidents involving nuclear weapons can have devastating humanitarian and environmental consequences. The Chernobyl disaster is a poignant reminder of the potential risks associated with nuclear technologies.

Violation of Non-Proliferation Norms:

The deployment of nuclear weapons in non-nuclear weapon states goes against the spirit of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which is the cornerstone of the global nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime.

Participate in the event of the nearest city!

Country, City Date & time Organizer Event link Location
Argentina, Buenos Aires July 7, 2:00 pm freerussia.arg TBD Plaza de Mayo
Finland, Helsinki July 8, 1:00 pm Venäjän demokratian puolesta Embassy of Russia in Helsinki
Finland, Loimaa July 24, 5:00 pm Loimaa sotaa vastaan Aleksis Kiven Katu 5
Germany, Berlin End of July (TBD) Demokrati-JA
Italy, Milan July 15, 4:00 pm Comunità dei Russi Liberi Manifestazione contro la minaccia nucleare russa Piazza Mercanti
Italy, Rome July 7, 10:00 am Group of activists TBD Embassy of the Russian Federation in Rome
Lithuania, Vilnius July 3 Dapamoga , Free Belarusians TBD Kudirkos
Moldova, Bender July 19, 11:30 am Group of activists TBD Gorky Cinema
New Zealand, Wellington July 12, 1:00 pm Russian Speaking Integrity Alliance NZ Embassy of the Russian Federation
Poland, Warsaw July 8, 2:00 pm Voice of Free Russia Warsaw TBD Sigismund’s Column
Portugal, Lisbon July 8, 2:30 pm Associação de russos livres Embassy of the Russian Federation, Rua Visconde de Santarem 69
Portugal, Lisbon July 15, 2:30 pm Associação de russos livres Embassy of the Russian Federation, Rua Visconde de Santarem 69
Russia, Perm July 7, 3:00 pm Gilin Victor Fedorovich Single picket Gilin V.F. At the entrance to the administration building of the Governor of the Perm Territory
Spain, Malaga July 8, 6:00 pm La Asociacion de Rusos Libres (Spain) Telegram announcement Monument to Marquis Larios
USA, New York July 7, 5:00 pm For Freedom in Russia
MNY – Митинги в Нью-Йорке
Telegram announcement 1535 Broadway
USA, Chicago July 8, 12:00 pm Voice of Free Russia Chicago Stop nuclear terorrism Daley Plaza

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