8 March 2022
Harriett Baldwin calls on the women of Russia to call their soldiers home

On International Women’s Day Harriett Baldwin MP makes a plea to the women of Russia to urge their soldiers to leave Ukraine.

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

On International Women’s Day, does the Foreign Secretary agree that one way to amplify the message we are sending to Russia through sanctions would be to call on every woman in Russia—the mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts and friends of those in the Russian army who are attacking a neighbouring state and causing such misery and suffering—to send a message to those soldiers to stop it and return home?

Elizabeth Truss (The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs)

My hon. Friend is right that; as well as the huge humanitarian crisis for the people of Ukraine, we are seeing the death of many Russian soldiers, many of whom have been sent to Ukraine under false pretences such as the claim that the Ukrainian people want liberation, which simply is not true. As we warned in advance of this invasion, President Putin has sent thousands of young Russian men and women to their death. That message is being received in Russia.