Donetsk’s People’s Republic (DNR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LC) smothered in blood and fire
Statement of the Moscow Committee of the EIF-CPSU Moscow City and Moscow regional committees ROT FRONT
To: President of the Russian Federation VV Putin
Every day brings news of new victims of Nazi atrocities unleashed by the Kiev junta’s fratricidal war on their own people behalf of the U.S. imperialists and ultra-nationalists. Meanwhile, your administration not only continues to make empty diplomatic gestures, but withdrew the permission of the Federation Council on the use of armed forces of the Russian Federation for the salvation of people abroad.
On behalf of the working people of Russia, all internationalists and people of good will, the Moscow branch of the political party Russian United Labor Front and the Moscow organization of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party resolutely demand at this crucial hour for Russia and Ukraine:
1. Immediately recognize the DNR and LC, formed on the basis of legitimate referendums held in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.
2. Conclude with the DNR and LC agreements on economic and military cooperation, involving military assistance in case of military aggression, at the request of the legitimate authorities and victims of armed aggression.
3. Provide the DNR and LC with substantial interest-free to purchase any Russian goods, including weapons, not prohibited by international conventions.
4. Immediately present the Poroshenko administration Poroshenko an ultimatum with two basic requirements:
- within 48 hours, withdraw all military and paramilitary forces from the territories of the DNR and LC and resolve disputed issues by peaceful means;
- immediately stop political terror in Ukraine, aimed against the communists, anti-fascists and other opposition forces.
5. Declare that in case of failure to comply with the ultimatum, the Russian Federation reserves the freedom to take any political, economic and military actions necessary to halt the genocide in the DNR and LC.
6. Clearly state that Russia rejects any territorial annexations in the DNR and LC, as well as other administrative territories of Ukraine, as of June 2014.
To show you, Citizen President, that our demands are shared by a large number of progressive people of Russia, we begin to collect signatures in support of these claims.
If our demands are ignored, we will treat you like a criminal, guilty of inaction and failure to provide assistance to our brothers and sisters, as well as a traitor to the interests of Russians, Ukrainians and citizens of other nationalities suffering today from the NATO-fascist aggression in the DNR and LC, and will do everything in our power to dismiss you from your post.
We do not want and will not tolerate criminal acquiescence to the Bandera fascist evil. Millions of people, not only in Russia and Ukraine, but also in the whole world, will never forgive you for complicity in the destruction of the DNR and LC, which are today the main centers of the Ukrainian resistance to Nazism and the aggressive plans of NATO and, above all, the United States.
Moscow City Committee of the Russian United Labor Front
Moscow Oblast Committee of the Russian United Labor Front
Moscow Committee of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party
Translation by redguard
By Sergei Kirichuk, Union Borotba (Struggle)
The tragedy of the innocent victims of MH17 is being used by the Ukrainian media as a justification for civilian casualties in the Donbass. An atmosphere of hatred swept the country and even many sensible people began to jump to bellicose conclusions. Meanwhile, government troops began a new offensive — with no regard for any loss of life by soldiers of the regular army or among the civilian population.
Málaga, Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain: Rally in memory of the victims of the 1936 fascist military coup in Spain, and the victims of Ukrainian and NATO-backed fascism in the Donbass, July 18, 2014.
The world is shocked and dismayed that in the midst of a civil war in Ukraine, provoked by United States and European Union imperialism, 298 people have died in the crash of a Malaysian airliner on July 18 in the war area.
We at Workers World have no special information at this time — July 19 — about why the plane crashed. We know that Russia has no motive, and it has control of its military. We know that the Ukrainian military is poorly organized and subject to pressure from the murderous fascist forces that have been integrated into the state directed from Kiev; we know that neoconservative elements from the U.S. have strong influence in Washington’s policy in Ukraine and its aggressive hostility toward Russia.
We also believe that the popular resistance forces in southeast Ukraine do not control weapons capable of shooting down a plane flying at that altitude, nor do they have any interest in shooting down a civilian airliner from Malaysia. Only U.S. and EU imperialism can gain and are trying to gain by exploiting the incident and using it against Russia.
President Barack Obama has already blamed Russia, saying that the cause of the shootdown was the war situation in Ukraine and claiming Russia caused that war.
We disagree completely with Obama’s statement that Russian foreign policy is responsible for the war in Ukraine.
On the contrary, it is the aggressive policy of U.S. and EU imperialism that has created a war situation in Ukraine. The U.S. and the EU supported a coup in February that brought to power in Kiev a regime dedicated to bringing Ukraine under the influence of the International Monetary Fund and subjecting the Ukrainian workers to austerity — as has already been done in Greece, Spain and Portugal — and attaching Ukraine to NATO.
To carry out this coup the pro-West Ukrainian oligarchy has leaned on the support of openly pro-fascist forces, such as the Right Sector, who don’t even shy away from identifying with the Nazi occupiers of Ukraine during World War II.
For the people of Ukraine, and especially the workers of the southeast, such a coup in Kiev could only raise resistance — a righteous and heroic, anti-fascist resistance based on the history of resistance to the Nazi occupation. The aggression from Kiev — which now includes the bombing of cities in the southeast, killing civilians and forcing tens of thousands to flee to Russia — makes such a civil war inevitable.
If the plane crash was actually a byproduct of the civil war, it was not Russian foreign policy, but U.S./NATO imperialism — that set up a regime in Kiev filled with fascist sympathizers and forced the people of the southeast Ukraine to resist — that is responsible.
Stop the U.S./EU intervention in Ukraine! Long live the resistance!
Kharkov, Ukraine: Rally protesting the “Collapse of public health services in Ukraine,” July 16, 2014.
People protested against funding the so-called ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] by cutting funding for the various branches of the social sector. The main theme of today’s action was health care.
Doctors in Ukraine today receive ridiculously low salaries. They are forced to take bribes to survive in today’s realities. The medical profession became unpopular because of the complexity and length of training, as well as low compensation. As a result, we have a shortage of doctors, with low qualifications (due in part to cuts in budgets for scientific research in the field).
The lack of supplies in hospitals and clinics means that people have to fend for themselves for many drugs and materials. People with low income simply cannot afford to get “free market health care.” It’s a social disaster present in our country for a long time, and for all that time, no one in power was concerned with returning the industry to its normal state.
To dramatize the situation, a flash mob depicted people coming to the hospital with fractures and leaving with heart attacks caused by the shocking price of “free market health care.”
In the middle of the action, a bunch of goons with Ukrainian flags pushed up against the protesters, shouting “Putin’s fault!” Apparently, Putin is the reason for 23 years of decline in Ukraine’s health care? People responded with perplexity to their shouts of “Glory to heroes!” They wondered who these characters are, who abandon health care, and why they should have “fame” and not the scaffold?
Afterward, people moved closer to the monument to Lenin, and were divided into two groups (with the help of the police, of course). As a result there were two rallies: one under the flag of anti-fascism, the second under the flag of NATO. Symbolic, isn’t it?
Via Union Borotba (Struggle)
Kharkov, Ukraine: Pro-NATO fascists block anti-war rally, July 13, 2014.
"Today, the start of the traditional Sunday rally near the monument to Lenin was thwarted by the EuroMaidan, who came to Freedom Square with yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flags, plus NATO and Right Sector flags. Their rally was not successful, as it looked more like a rally of policemen. All attempts by them to arrange provocations were in vain.
"By late afternoon, Kharkovites were able to break through the cordons of indifferent police and lay flowers in memory of the victims of the bloody regime of Kolomoisky-Poroshenko.”
By Vladimir Suchan
What we see is a strange hybrid of war and appeasement. It is a war of the US, the EU, NATO, and the Ukrainian state against people in east and southern Ukraine on the way to Moscow itself. But it is also appeasement. Oligarchic appeasement. Both Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs are trying to put down the antifascist and anti-oligarchic insurgency. And Russia is an oligarchy, which is evidently more afraid of the spontaneously arisen national-liberation, anti-oligarchic and emancipation struggle than of anything else, including the further unfolding of the plan aimed at the destruction of Russia in part by means of some 40 million Ukrainians recruited and mobilized for this purpose by the fascist dictatorship and NATO.
The tragic irony of the present moment is that the Russian leadership is proving unable to step over its own distinctive class character and interest. Oligarchs have a very poor record in fighting with fascism. They either tend to lose to fascism or to merge with it. For oligarchs do tend to believe that there are worst things for them than fascism.
[Ukrainian President] Poroshenko appointed Valeriy Geletey new Minster of Defense. Upon his appointment, the new Ukrainian defense minister declared that the fascist regime will celebrate its Victory Parade in Sevastopol, Crimea.
On behalf of the Kiev regime, he thus confirmed that the Ukrainian government sees its military actions as part of a much larger war and that what it calls “the zone of the anti-terrorist operation” extends not only over the insurgent Donbass in east Ukraine, but also over Crimea.
Tanks and armored vehicles of the junta entered the town of Nikolaevka just east of Slavyansk.
As Igor Strelkov explained, the junta has received more military planes from Hungary and Romania, two NATO members.
— Vladimir Suchan via Facebook