Convention Discussion: Solidarity with the people of Ukraine

 
BY: Greg Rose| May 4, 2014

Submitted by Greg Rose, Oregon District CPUSA

Solidarity with the people of Ukraine should be a top priority of our party.  What is going on today in Ukraine is not the triumph of peaceful demonstrators.  It is a fight amongst oligarchs in which fascist forces are pitted against the popular interests of the Ukrainian people and in which those popular interests can only be plundered by the I.M.F, the E.U., and N.AT.O.  A front of fascists from the Svoboda Party and the Praviy Sektor — literal neo-Nazis in the tradition of Stepan Bandera — have joined with rightists from the Fatherland Party and the CDU-oriented UDAR Party to impose an interim regime on Ukraine and begin implementing austerity policies sought by the European Union and N.A.T.O.

The refusal of Crimea was but a first signal that the regime in Kiev, which drove a democratically elected government from power, would not be accepted by the Russophone population of southern and eastern Ukraine.  The Crimean referendum, which was accepted without demurral by international observers, including those from the E.U., as free and democratic bound Crimea to the Russian Federation.  We must be clear that Vladimir Putin is not Lenin, and the Russian federation is not the U.S.S.R.  But the Russian Federation is today in the forefront of international opposition to American and European imperialism, and it must be supported so long as it plays this vital role. This underlies the unanimous support of the B.R.I.C.S. nations for Crimean adherence to the Russian Federation.

The call by the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine, Petro Symonenko, for binding referenda on regional autonomy and closer relations with the Russian Federation rather than N.A.T.O. and the E.U. has been heard by the southern and eastern Ukraine. Public buildings, police facilities, and military bases have been seized by the common people of eastern Ukraine.  They hold sites in Luhansk, in Donetsk, in Slovyansk, and elsewhere to demand autonomy referenda and protection by Russian forces.  This cannot be resolved in Geneva by negotiations between the Kiev interim government, the E.U., the Russian Federation, and N.A.TO.  It is not Russian aggression; it is the resistance of the eastern and southern Ukraine to domination by fascists and the looting of their country by the forces of austerity: the I.M.F and the E.U.  At a minimum their demand for autonomy referenda must be met.

This is not the first time American aggression has been targeted against a sovereign people.  We saw this in Cuba in the 1960s, in Chile in 1973, in Yugoslavia in the 1990s.  If Kosovo could be “freed” to follow N.A.T.O.’s lead, why cannot Crimea join the Russian Federation? Why cannot Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, and Odessa be autonomous?  These are the children and grandchildren of the men and women who liberated Europe from fascism in 1945.  Why must they now wait?

N.A.T.O’s surge eastward must be turned back and returned to its old borders.  It remains the world’s principal threat to peace and must not be allowed to join the E.U. in predating on Ukraine.  The E.U., which has become finance capital’s refuge of choice for brutal austerity, must be blocked from this outrage.

Autonomy from fascists and people before banks must become bywords of our solidarity with Ukraine.


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Comments (11)

Sereniama Walkins | November 20, 2015 at 12:05 AM

Okay, so support the Donetsk nazis lead by Putler.

You are not true communists if you support them.

HenryCT | June 07, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Good, brief summary. An important missed point, however, that is being pursued by the U.S. peace movement and international forces: NATO must be abolished. It’s purpose from inception in 1949 has been the expansion of the reach of U.S. imperialism. A major international conference and march in Chicago in 2012 called for NATO’s abolition. The U.S. is currently trying to relieve the pressure of its own economic crisis and exorbitant military budget by demanding that EU member states increase their military budgets. From this point of view, the crisis that U.S. foreign policy created in Ukraine serves several purposes including scaring European nations with the false specter of Russian expansionism, opening Europe up to the sale of redundant U.S. natural gas while squelching the sale of Russian gas, encouraging fracking in Ukraine led by Halliburton and the other global fossil fuel thieves. There are splits in NATO over these efforts.

E.E.W. Clay | May 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Thanks Greg Rose, this is very helpful to understanding current Ukraine.
The present writer commented on this as it appeared, it seems in PA or PW.
The Obama administration’s posture on this points up the dire need for the methodologies and ideologies of the Communists, the Marxist-Leninists.
As our Du Bois pointed out, capitalism is objectively and subjectively self-destructive.

Emile Schepers | May 07, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Thanks to Greg for this. The Ukraine situation is one of greatest urgency and requires our full attention and action right now!

Emile Schepers | May 07, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Thanks to Greg for this. The Ukraine situation is one of greatest urgency and requires our full attention and action right now!

Emile Schepers | May 07, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Thanks to Greg for this. The Ukraine situation is one of greatest urgency and requires our full attention and action right now!

Emile Schepers | May 07, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Thanks to Greg for this. The Ukraine situation is one of greatest urgency and requires our full attention and action right now!

Emile Schepers | May 07, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Thanks to Greg for this. The Ukraine situation is one of greatest urgency and requires our full attention and action right now!

Emile Schepers | May 07, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Thanks to Greg for this. The Ukraine situation is one of greatest urgency and requires our full attention and action right now!

Emile Schepers | May 07, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Thanks to Greg for this. The Ukraine situation is one of greatest urgency and requires our full attention and action right now!

E.E.W. Clay | May 05, 2014 at 11:32 AM

This is an excellent piece which simplifies without vulgarizing what would be a positive position of class struggle on Ukraine and its internationalist connections.
We want unity with the people struggling against fascism and money democracy.
We want unity against imperialist austerity.
We want unity for peace.
We want unity against anti-Semitism.
We want unity against racism and war.
We want to support the international people’s movements for progress.

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