Leader of the Popular Democratic Movement, McHenry Venaani, has issued a statement condemning the actions of President Vladimir Putin and calling on Russia to “not only cease all military action against Ukraine”, but to “return to the negotiating table and seek an amicable and diplomatic route out for both countries”. Venaani, calling himself a “staunch advocate for peace”, urged the two nations to “learn from the past and remember that the cost of war is human life which must never be paid, particularly where the leaders of the five nuclear-weapon states … are involved”.