The Statement from Scottish CND is as follows: “Scottish CND unequivocally condemns Russia’s military actions in Ukraine and the threat to use nuclear weapons. The international community must stand united in ensuring that we protect and support civilians, and Scotland must strongly reject the violations of international law by Russia and the disregard for Ukraine’s sovereignty as an independent state. For the UK to apply the use of force, individually or through NATO, would escalate conflict and increase the likelihood of nuclear misadventure through weapons use or involving the 15 nuclear power stations in Ukraine. We urge respect for international humanitarian and human rights law and accession, and compliance with international treaties to reduce nuclear weapons risks, including the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear weapons do not deter conflict but make the world more dangerous, elevating the risk of a massive humanitarian catastrophe. We ask people in Scotland to help find ways of providing humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine and of enhancing dialogue with people in the Ukraine and Russia.”

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)’s official statement of condemnation can be accessed here:

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament UK (CND)’s statement can be accessed here:

UN House Scotland and UN Association Scotland‘s joint statement can be accessed here:

The Church of Scotland‘s statement can be accessed here:

MEDACT‘s statement can be accessed here:

XR Peace‘s statement reads as follows: “Without action, we face the terrifying possibility of a nuclear war devastating our planet, as the superpowers continue to play war games that will always escalate until they reach the destruction of humanity. The opportunities for peace and real security that arose when Gorbachev dismantled the Warsaw Pact have been squandered with the disastrous and provocative advancement of NATO right up to the borders of Russia. For Putin to invade Ukraine was an illegal and aggressive act of war. It provoked a show of NATO strength which has led to a serious and credible nuclear threat. Russian troops must be withdrawn immediately, and the UK and other Governments must work for a UN ceasefire, including a call for US and NATO troops also to be withdrawn from the Ukrainian border. Commitment to stopping the sale of weapons and reducing the military carbon bootprint are critical to halting this stoking of the war machine. In addition to the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, we are at the brink of irremediable damage to the climate, even without the nuclear war that could end all life. Diplomacy is the only answer to the prevention of more bloodshed and huge numbers of refugees. Security must be for everyone, negotiated fairly and will never be achieved through military means. Compassionate human beings can choose to work together, reject warfare and respect international law. This would enable all Governments to focus their undivided attention on solving the climate and biodiversity crisis that is destroying our life support system on this fragile planet.”