ACTION: Call for a Christmas Truce in Ukraine
International Peace Bureau
The International Peace Bureau (IPB) is calling for a ceasefire in Ukraine for Christmas 2022/2023, from the 25 December to the 7 January, as a sign of our shared humanity, reconciliation and peace.
To be a part of our appeal for peace and negotiations, please sign our petition on the Christmas appeal website. The petition reads:
We propose a Christmas truce, hoping that both sides can put down their guns to avoid more deaths and destruction, especially in a moment of celebration as Christmas.
This appeal is made taking into consideration all the tens of thousands of deaths and the more than a hundred thousand casualties that the invasion of Ukraine has caused — the lives of soldiers, families, and civilians that are being destroyed because of this unnecessary war.
International Appeal for a
Christmastime Peace in Ukraine
Let us call for a ceasefire in Ukraine for Christmas 2022/2023, from the 25 December to the 7 January, as a sign of our shared humanity, reconciliation, and peace.
The Christmas Truce of 1914 in the midst of World War I was a symbol of hope and courage, when the people of warring countries organized an armistice on their own authority and joined in spontaneous reconciliation and fraternization. This was proof that even during the most violent conflicts, in the words of Pope Benedict XV, “the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang”.
We turn to the leaders of the warring parties: let the weapons be silent. Give people a moment of peace and, through this moment, open the way to negotiations.
We call on the international community to strongly support and advocate for a Christmas ceasefire and to push for a new start to negotiations between the two sides.
Our vision and goal is a new peace architecture for Europe which includes security for all European countries on the basis of common security.
Peace, reconciliation, a shared sense of humanity can triumph over the hatred, violence and guilt that currently dominate the war. Let us be reminded that we are all humans and that war and destruction against one another is senseless.
A Christmas truce is a much needed opportunity to again recognize our compassion for one another. Together – we are convinced – the cycle of destruction, suffering and death can be overcome.
The Christmas Peace Appeal is available in seven different languages available on the website, where you can also learn about the history of the 1914 Christmas Truce. If your language is not covered by our translations and you would like us to add it to our website, send a translation to: email@example.com.
IPB has put together a collection of proposals and possibilities for a ceasefire and resolution to the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine. The document is available here.
Peace Plans for Ukraine
The war in Ukraine is causing suffering, death and devastation. With each day that passes, more and more people are killed, physically injured or psychologically traumatized.
As the war continues, the risk that it will spread or escalate to other states increases. Among other consequences, the war in Ukraine has worsened the global food crisis by threatening supply chains and driving up the prices for food, fertilizer and fuel.
Here you will find a collection of proposals and possibilities for a ceasefire, as well as ways toward a resolution of the conflicts between Russia and Ukraine.
Ceasefire and Peace for Ukraine
A collection of proposals and possibilities
for a ceasefire and resolution to the conflicts
between Russia and Ukraine
Table of Contents
- Ceasefire and Peace for Ukraine: Introduction
• Minsk 2 Agreements 2015 and Normandie Format
• Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations
• Istanbul Peace Talks March 29-10
• Italy’s 4-point Peace Plan May 20, 2022
• The Vatican: Reaching a Just and Lasting Peace in Ukraine June 6-7 2022
• The NPT Review Conference, August 26 2022
• Mexican Peace Proposal
• Resolution of the IPB Council in Ghent