Monday, March 21, 2022

Statement on the war in Ukraine

 Written by: KSRD Ukraine on 22 March 2022

(Our comrades in the Koordinazionnyj Sowjet Rabotschewo Dvizhenija (Coordination Council of the Workers Class Movement), Ukraine  released this statement on March 19.) 

Statement on the war in Ukraine
KSRD Ukraine, March 19, 2022

Putin's pro-fascist regime continues its aggression against Ukraine. Thousands of civilians, including more than 200 children, have been killed since the invasion began. High-rise buildings, hospitals, schools are burning, aviation and artillery are doing their bloody work.

Back at the very beginning of our organization, in the 1990s, we warned about the true nature of Russian great-power chauvinism, which at the time was often disguised under slogans of "revival of the USSR". Even today, the aggression of the Putin clique is covered up by slogans of "anti-fascism" and references to the Soviet past. The truth is that Russian imperialism is the heir to Soviet social-imperialism in terms of greedy aspirations and cynical disregard for the real interests of working people. Like the reborn USSR, the bosses of today's Russia regard the ordinary people of their country as a mere resource for the realization of their vested interests.

In turn, Western imperialism is interested in defeating the Putin clique at the hands of the Ukrainian people. And, as a consequence, to gain access to the rich resources of Russia. Western countries pretend that they are "not directly involved in the war" and expect that Putin's army will be ground up in Ukraine by the Ukrainians, with the help of Western weapons.

This all falls on the shoulders of the people with grief and blood. Already about 10 million people in our country are forced to leave their homes, including almost 4 million refugees to Europe. The interventionists
are destroying housing, civil infrastructure, robbing and terrorizing ordinary citizens. A number of large cities are under constant attack by Putin's fascists - these are Kiev, Chernigov, Sumy and Kharkov. And in surrounded Mariupol, there is a humanitarian disaster: there is no food, no water, and the bodies of the dead remain right on the streets. It is quite comparable to the events in besieged Leningrad during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45, when German troops surrounded the city and tried to beat it.

From the very first days we began to help the workers, together with them formed the Civil Initiative of mutual aid, which in critical conditions helps to get food and other basic necessities. Some stores and drugstores are working, but under the conditions of shelling and fighting many simply can't get to them. In addition, many different businesses and organizations have stopped working, and workers are sitting without means of livelihood. These are the people we help first and foremost.

Many peaceful people are taking revenge on the aggressors, forming partisan detachments and attacking Putin's troops and equipment behind the lines, in the best traditions of the Red partisans of the Great Patriotic War. But the essence of the war remains the same: it is a struggle between Putin's new-imperialist regime and Western imperialism, fought on the territory of Ukraine and at the expense of the lives of ordinary people. We resolutely declare: down with all imperialism! Imperialist wars bring only sorrow, suffering and death to the people of the world.

Down with the bourgeois war!

Death to the war criminals!

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