The Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima pleaded with Russian President Vladimir Putin not to detonate nuclear bombs in his war on Ukraine. Photo/REUTERS
Both cities stated that it was enough for them to feel the suffering of being bombed by the United States (US) atomic bomb during World War II in 1945.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue made the request in a joint letter four days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began February 24.
The two mayors said their townspeople were angry at the threat of using nuclear weapons and pleaded for a peaceful solution.
Their plea came four days before Russian troops attacked Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia.
“We are writing this letter to oppose Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine and its rhetoric implying the use of nuclear weapons,” their letter reads. Huffington Post, Friday (11/3/2022).
“Such behavior is a violation of the strong will of atomic bomb survivors, who have called for the abolition of nuclear weapons, to ‘never allow anyone in the world to suffer the same pain’,” they continued.
The mayors also pointed out that the Russian invasion came shortly after the January joint declaration to the world made by the five nuclear-armed nations – France, Russia, Britain, China and the US – that nuclear war cannot be won and should not be fought.
“We must not allow there to be a third site of a wartime atomic bomb after Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” their letter added.