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Why US Should Join Global Efforts to End Ukraine War

The United States is being urged to join the worldwide cry for peace in light of growing international efforts to put an end to the bloodshed in Ukraine. With officials from numerous countries stepping forward to intervene and encourage dialogue, the need for US engagement in ending the conflict has been more evident. In addition to impeding peace efforts, a protracted conflict jeopardises European stability.

Recent events, such as the G7 summit held in Hiroshima, Japan, have highlighted the gap between the Western G7 nations supporting Ukraine and the emerging economic powers from the Global South. The leaders of the Global South were unhappy to see their hosts announce intentions to increase sanctions against Russia and exacerbate the crisis by sending US-built F-16 warplanes to Ukraine, despite high expectations that the summit could promote conversations about promoting peace in Ukraine.

Several other countries have shown their commitment to settling the dispute, in contrast to the G7 leaders' actions. NATO member Denmark has offered to host peace talks, possibly indicating a change in European opinion on how to proceed in Ukraine. Additionally, leaders from NATO members Poland, Czechia, Hungary, and the three Baltic states have had discussions with Ukrainian President Zelensky, highlighting the necessity of putting an end to the war and rebuilding Ukraine in order to make it easier for the millions of refugees who are currently living in their countries to return.

With its special representative for Eurasian issues holding discussions with the presidents of both Russia and Ukraine, China has also made a substantial contribution to fostering peace. Given that China is the leading trading partner for both countries, its participation has the potential to promote fruitful discussions.

A "peace club" of nations from all over the world has also been established by Brazil's President Lula da Silva to cooperate in the effort to end the violence in Ukraine. Celso Amorim's selection as Brazil's peace envoy underscores that country's dedication to mediating disputes. African politicians, such as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, have also urged for a ceasefire to be followed by genuine peace discussions in light of the war's effects on the world economy.

Religious organisations have been instrumental in advancing peace initiatives, including the Vatican under Pope Francis. The Vatican has been sought after to help with the reunion of families divided by the conflict and has aided in successful prisoner exchanges between Russia and Ukraine. Furthermore, grassroots movements within the US have been organising to demand a shift in US policy and call on the government to act as a force for peace.

The need for US involvement is becoming more and more important as the international community steps up efforts to put a stop to the crisis in Ukraine. A gap between diplomatic solutions and protracted conflicts is shown by the US's rejection or repudiation of peace offers. The pressure on US lawmakers to change their resistance to discussions is building as a result of the growing public sentiment against the war and backing from numerous organisations, including faith-based leaders, environmental campaigners, and mayors across the nation.

The potential for catastrophic events, such as a nuclear war or explosion at a nuclear power plant, as well as the loss of countless lives make US intervention urgent. Instead of waiting for more destruction or the outbreak of World War III, calls for a diplomatic settlement are resonating.


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