Mothers of Russia movement to urge UN chief to help end war in Ukraine

The Mothers of Russia movement started collecting signatures in Rostov-on-Don on Thursday under an appeal to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, urging an end to the armed conflict in Ukraine.

The Mothers of Russia movement started collecting signatures in Rostov-on-Don on Thursday under an appeal to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, urging an end to the armed conflict in Ukraine.

"Our appeal to Mr. Ban Ki-moon deals with the situation in southeastern Ukraine and with the necessity to end combat operations, to create humanitarian corridors and to protect civilians. We started from the Rostov region, given that it was the first to take in citizens of Ukraine," Mothers of Russia leader, Senator Valentina Petrenko told the press.

She said the signature collection campaign will continue all across Russia.

"The Rostov region was the first to deal with the humanitarian disaster in Ukraine and help the displaced persons. All residents of the region volunteered to help these people and to accommodate them in their homes. It is our common pain," Petrenko said.

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