An anti-imperialist position on the crisis in Ukraine

The Odessa Solidarity Campaign has initiated the below statement on the war in Ukraine. We invite other organizations and individuals to endorse it. To do so, please send the following information to DefendersFJE@hotmail.com:

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  • Is this endorsement by your organization or you as an individual?

An anti-Imperialist position on the crisis in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is raging on with no end in sight. People are suffering, and fears are rising that the conflict could widen and even involve nuclear weapons. Many well-meaning people are calling for a ceasefire and negotiations. 

We all want peace, but it does no good to promote solutions that don’t take into account what led up to the war in the first place:

  • Back in 1991, as the Soviet Union was collapsing, the U.S. government promised that NATO would not expand “one inch” eastward. But since then, all 14 new NATO members have been former Soviet states or allies. Sweden and Finland are expected to join soon. Both Georgia and Ukraine, which border Russia, have asked to join. That would complete the encirclement of Russia’s western flank. It would be as if Russia were building an anti-U.S. military alliance of all South and Central American countries and was about to admit Mexico. Obviously,  the U.S. would see that as an existential threat.
  • When Ukraine first became an independent state in 1991, Ukraine and Russia were at peace. But in 2014, the U.S. backed a violent, right-wing coup that brought to power an anti-Russian government that openly embraced neo-Nazi, paramilitary militias hostile to Ukraine’s Russian minority.
  • This new situation, which included the massacre on May 2, 2014, of at least 42 anti-coup protesters in Odessa by a fascist-led mob, was seen as gravely threatening by the heavily ethnic-Russian areas of eastern and southern Ukraine. The result was Crimea voting to rejoin Russia, which it had been part of until 1954, and Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbass region declaring themselves independent.
  • Then Ukraine, Russia, Donetsk and Luhansk agreed to allow those two entities to become autonomous areas within a united Ukraine. But Ukraine never implemented the terms of those Minsk Agreements, and instead carried out a military campaign to retake the separatitst region, with the loss of some 15,000 lives.
  • Meanwhile, since at least 2014, the U.S. and other NATO countries have carried out regular, massive joint military exercises with Ukraine – land, sea and air – right up to Russia’s borders. 
  • In late 2021 and early 2022, President Putin of the Russian Federation offered to hold negotiations with the U.S. and NATO to discuss Russia’s security concerns, but the offer was ignored. This was before Russia recognized the independent republics in the Donbass. Subsequent Russian offers to negotiate also were rejected.
  • By February 2022, Ukraine was intensifying its war in the Donbass, leading Russia to intervene, with the stated purpose of defending the people of the Donbass and “demilitarizing” and “de-Nazifying” Ukraine. Whether people agree with that action or not, it was anything but “unprovoked.”

Since then, as of Sept. 18, the U.S. Department of Defense admits to providing $16.1 billion in military aid to Ukraine. Other estimates have it as high as $40 billion – not counting aid the U.S. says is coming from 50 other allied countries – ensuring that the war will continue indefinitely. What began as a conflict between Russia and Ukraine has become a proxy war by the U.S. and NATO against Russia, with Ukrainians as cannon fodder. 

It isn’t necessary to endorse the Russian intervention in order to see that the real provocations for the war were the relentless eastward expansion of NATO; the U.S. support for the right-wing, anti-Russian coup of 2014; and the continuing and expanding war by Ukraine to retake the Donbass.

This being the case, we call on all peace and antiwar activists around the world to demand:

  • No to all U.S./NATO support for Ukraine!
  • No to all U.S./NATO military actions in Ukraine!
  • No to all U.S./NATO sanctions against Russia!
  • No to NATO and all U.S. wars and occupations everywhere in the world!

INITIATED BY:

Odessa Solidarity Campaign – https://odessasolidaritycampaign.org – Oct. 14, 2022

ENDORSED BY as of Nov. 29, 2022:

Eduardo Artés – First Secretary & former presidential candidate, Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action), Santiago de Chile, Chile

Bahman Azad – President, U.S. Peace Council, USA

Ajamu Baraka – National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace, USA

Sinia Benigassan – Bureau d’information Alba Granada North Africa, Tunis, Tunisia

Matyas Benyik – President, ATTAC Hungary Association, Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Dr. Horst Bischoff – Deputy Chairman, ISOR e.V., Berlin, Germany

Carl Boggs – Los Angeles, California, USA

Joachim Bonatz – Deputy Chairman, ISOR e.V.; Vice President, OKV e.V., Berlin, Germany

Heinrich Buecker – Coop Anti-War Cafe; Member, German Peace Council & World Beyond War, Berlin, Germany

Melinda Butterfield – Co-Editor, Struggle-La Lucha newspaper, USA

Jose Capitan – Opcion Obrera (Workers Option), Venezuela

Dr. Dieter Dehm – Ex-Member, German Parliament; Former Member, German Bundestag; DIE LINKE, Germany

Rudolf Denner – Spokesman, Presidium, OKV e.V., Berlin, Germany

Communist Party of Australia

Georg Ehmke – Lt. Colonel aD, Werder, Germany

Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos – Maine House of Representatives, Friendship, Maine, USA

Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice, Canada

Sara Flounders – Co-Director, International  Action Center, USA

Frente Unido América Latina – Berlin, Germany

Leo Gabriel – Anthropologist, Journalist & Filmmaker, Austria 

Bruce Gagnon – Anti-imperialist Activist, Maine, USA

Leonid Ilderkin – Coordinating Council, Union of Political Emigrants & Political Prisoners of Ukraine, Russia

International Ukraine Anti-Fascist Solidarity – UK

Major General Manfred Jonischkies, Retired – Member, Board of ISOR e.V., Berlin, Germany

Dr. Sabine Kebir – Publicist, Lecturer, Berlin, Germany

Ulla Klötzer & Lea Launokari – Coordinators, Women for Peace, Finland

Gregory Laxer – Author, “Take This War and Shove It! A most unwilling soldier 1967-1971,” Connecticut, USA

Jeff Mackler – National Secretary, Socialist Action, USA

Stephen Martin – Author at Counterpunch, Edinburgh, Scotland

Savvas Matsas – Ergatiko Epanastatiko Komma (EEK – Workers Revolutionary Party), Greece

Dimitris Mizaras – Chairman, Marxist Workers’ League of Finland

Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO), Canada

New Communist Party of Britain

Agneta Norberg – Former Chair, Swedish Peace Council; Women for Peace, Sweden

Helmut Ortgies – Member, Association of Those Persecuted by the Nazi Regime, VVN/BDA, Groß Zimmern, Germany

Manuel Pardo – Frente Antiimperialista Internacionalista (Internationalist Anti-Imperialist Front), Madrid, Spain

Stephen Phiri – Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute, Zimbabwe/South Africa

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza – Editor, Orinoco Tribune, Caracas, Venezuela

Sungur Savran – Devrimci İşçi Partisi, (DIP – Revolutionist Workers’ Party), Turkey

Jochen Scholz – Lt. Col, Ret., GEAF, Berlin, Germany

SOS Ukraine Resistent, Italy

SOS Donbass, Italy

Prof. Nako Stefanov – Chairman, Bulgarian National Peace Council, Bulgaria

John Steinbach – Coordinator, Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area, USA

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) – USA

Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, USA

Phil Wilayto – Editor, The Virginia Defender

Laura v. Wimmersperg – Berlin, Germany

Workers Voice Socialist Movement – Louisiana, USA

Muzaffer Ege Alper – Member, Revolutionary Workers Party (Turkey) & Marxist Workers League (Finland)

Aufstehen Ortsgruppe (Stand Up Local Group) – Schwerin, Germany

Thomas Bauer – Initiative “No More Military!”; Westphalian Peace Initiative, Hanover, Germany

Tobias Baumann – Translator & Historian; Member, VVN-BdA (League of Anti-Fascists), Berlin, Germany

Iris Berndt – Historian, Potsdam, Germany

Alison Bodine – Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO), Vancouver, Canada. 

Bärbel Brede – Artist, Teltow, Germany    

Christel Buchinger – Member, Freethunker, Gersheim, Germany

Walter Busch-Hübenbecker – Member, Verdi/ DGB District Board; member Linke/Verdi /DGB /VVN, Pfungstadt, Germany

Jens Carstensen – Member, Die Linke, Oberhausen, Germany

Harry T. Cason – Adjunct Professor, City University of New York, USA

Roswitha Clüver – Peace Alliance Neubrandenburg, Wulkenzin, Germany

Osvaldo Coggiola – Professor, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Maren Cronsnest – Anti-Nato Gruppe Berlin, Germany

Sebald Daum – Member, Association for Maintaining the Traditions of the National People’s Army, Mansfeld, Germany

Renate Döhr – Ireland Group Omega, Berlin, Germany

Frank Dorrel – Publisher, Addicted to War, Culver City, California, USA

Hartmut Drewes – Retired Pastor; Spokesman, Bremen Peace Forum, Germany

Bruno Drwęski – Professor of Political Science, the Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Karl-Heinz Eichenberg – i.R. Traditional Association, Mühlhausen, Germany

Wolfram Elsner – Professor, Bremen, Germany

Dr. Peter Fellenberg – Historian, Leipzig, Germany

Dr. Helmut Flügel – Cardiologist, Kirchentellinsfurt, Germany

Reinhard Frohberg – Member, ISOR e.V., Geithain, Germany

Dieter Galm – Member, u.a. BUND, SDW, DGB, DAGA, Freidenker/innen-Verband, Alzenau, Germany

Harald Gampig – Member, Society of Legal & Humanitarian Support (GRH e.V.), Berlin, Germany

Dr. Edgar Göll – Future Researcher. Berlin. Germany

Ewa Groszewska – Social Justice Activist, Wroclaw, Poland

Klaus Helms, Retired – Member, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), Schwerin/Meckl, Germany

Martha Hennessy – Kings Bay Plowshares; NY Catholic Worker, New York, New York, USA

Guy Hesser – Revolutionary Proletarian Renaissance – ROR, France

Reinhold Hinzmann – Member, Freethinker, communist platform of the LINKE, Niederselters, Germany

Thomas Hohnerlein – Linguist, Gersheim-Medelsheim, Germany

Jan-Florian Holst – Educational Scientist, Berlin, Germany

Klaus-Dieter Höppner – Member, Peace Alliance Neubrandenburg, Germany

Rodney Hunter – Pastor, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Dietmar Hut – Member, Rotfuchs, Thüringen, Germany

Jutta Jesko – RotFuchs, Südliches Anhalt, Germany

Reinhard John – Member, German Freethinkers Association, Schwetzingen, Germany

Manfred Jonischkies – Peace Alliance, Schwerin, Germany

Claudia Karas – AG Palestine; Member, German Freethinkers Association, Frankfurt, Germany

Cornelia Keita – Nurse, Hackenheim, Germany

Heinz Klein, Dipl. Ing. – Member, Attac and Freethinker, Waldalgesheim, Germany

Dr. Michael Koellisch – Member, IPPNW and Peace Alliance & Peace Center, Braunschweig, Germany

Sabine Knödler – Participation in the Darmstadt Peace Council, Germany

Ingrid Koschmieder – Freidenkermitglied (Freethinker), Berlin, Germany

Monika Krotter-Hartmann – Social worker; German Freethinkers Association, Offenbach (Main), Germany

Wolfgang Kunze – Member, Schwerin Peace Alliance, Schwerin, Germany

Michael Lang – NachDenkSeiten-Gesprächskreis (discussion group), Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Anton Latzo – Political Scientist & Historian, Michendorf, Germany

Heinz Leipold – Member, Freethinkers Association, Erlensee, Germany

Ulrich Lenz – Member, District Council Rhein-Lahn (Die Linke); NachDenkseiten discussion group, Katzenelnbogen, Germany

Uta Mader – Freidenkermitglied, Bernau b. Berlin, Germany

Al Markowitz – Partisan Press, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Anja Mewes – Member, Peace Bell Society Berlin e.V., Germany

Dr. Nancy Larenas Ojeda – Frente Unido América Latina, Berlin, Germany

Rosalie Paul – Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks, Brunswick, Maine, USA 

Daniela Penkova – Documentarian, Bulgaria

Gina Pietsch – Singer, Berlin, Germany

Cornelia Praetorius – Member, Mothers Against the War Berlin, Brandenburg, Germany

Harald Puff – KPD; RotFuchs, Traditional Assoc. z. Care d. Traditions d. NVA and Border Troops, Southern Anhalt, Germany

Doris & George Pumphrey – Peace Activists, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gregor Putensen – Greifswald, Germany

Brigitte Queck – Dipl. Retired General Manager; Mothers Against the War, Biederitz, Germany

Andrei Dr. Reder – Former Counselor, VVN-BdA, Berlin, Germany

Karl Rehbaum – Member, Board of GRH eV, Bernau (Berlin), Germany

Arno Reinhold – Schwerin Peace Alliance, Schwerin, Germany

Horst Remest – Peace Alliance, Neubrandenburg, Germany

Coleen Rowley – Member, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), Minnesota, USA

Lisa Savage – Maine Natural Guard, Solon, Maine, USA

Irina Schiel – Physical Education Teacher; Immortal Regiment Saarland, Homburg, Germany

Aribert Schilling – Member, Paratroopers Traditional Association East eV, Berlin, Germany

Rita Schilling – Member, Peace Bell Society, Berlin eV, Germany

Gue Schmidt – Director, Projectroom, Antifascist, Vienna, Austria

Helmut Schmidt – Teacher; member, Freethinker, RLP/S, Bolanden, Germany

Heinz Schmidt – Schwerin Peace Alliance, Schwerin, Germany

Renate Schönfeld – Retired Pastor; member, German Communist Party (DKP), Berlin, Germany

Iliyan Stanchev – Documentarian, Bulgaria

Herbert Steffes – Member, Freethinker, Eschborn, Germany

Jürgen Suttner – Action Alliance Peace Movement South Westphalia-ABFS, Siegen, Germany

Mary Beth Sullivan – Social Worker, Brunswick, Maine, USA 

Sally-Alice Thompson – Member Veterans For Peace, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Jörg Tiedjen – Journalist, Berlin, Germany

Kaspar Trümpy – Member, Freethinker, Solothurn, Switzerland

Alexander Tschö – Employee; Member, Freethinker, Friedrichsdorf, Germany

Mauro Valderrama – PC Peru, Frente Unido America Latina, Berlin, Germany

Enrico Vigna – Belgrade Forum for a World of Equal; Initiatives Center for Truth & Justice; Initiative for a Multipolar World

Ana Barbara von Keitz – Berlin Working Group on Uranium Ammunition, Germany

Wolfgang Weigelt – Member, Fallschirmjäger-Traditionsverband Ost eV, Berlin, Germany

Andrea Wendisch – Member, Darmstadt Peace Council, Darmstadt, Germany

Dr. Hartmut Wihstutz – Pediatrician, Hohen Neuendorf, Germany

Jane Zahn – Singer, Rheinsberg, Germany

Elke Zwinge-Makamizile – Member, Freidenker, Berlin, Germany

Rita Abert – Berlin, Germany

Francesco Andreini – Siena, Italy

Mark Baer – Nieder-Olm, Germany

Tanja Banavas – Bonn, Germany

Dieter Becker – Bernau OT Schönow, Germany

Werner Becker – Potsdam, Germany

Judy Bello – Rochester, New York, USA

Erika Beltz – Gießen , Germany

Willi Bischoff – Brensbach, Germany

Klaus Boehme – Halle/Saale, Germany

Klaus Böhme – Halle/Saale, Germany

Dr. Adam Broinowski – Canberra, Australia

Arianna Carciofo – Berlin/Bologna, Germany

Marie-Françoise Cordemans – Brussels, Belgium

Dennis DuVall – Radeberg, Germany

Heinz Eckel – Berlin, Germany

Gunter Emmaus – Neubrandenburg, Germany

Tunia Erler – Berlin, Germany

Patrick Flynn – Artist, Belin, Germany

Andreas Franz – Am Mellensee, Germany

Walter Friedmann – Bühl, Germany

Hans-Joachim Fritz – Rangsdorf, Germany

Katja Geggel – Barnim, Germany

Thomas Geggel – Barnim, Germany

Dan Glover – Peace Activist, Westbrook, Maine, USA

Wolf Goehring – Bonn, Germany

Karin Gottlieb – Idar-Oberstein , Germany

Rainer Grathwohl – Neuwied, Germany

Claude Grégoire – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg

Groß-Zimmern – Germany

Jürgen Günther – Berlin, Germany

Andreas Haltinner – Pritzwalk, Germany

Astrid Hohlbein – Ortenberg/Hessen, Germany

Kerstin Jung – Darmstadt, Germany

Manfred Kamprad – Halle (Saale), Germany

Dagmar Kaufmann – Weilburg, Germany

Helmut Kohlmann – Agrarian, Hagenow, Germany

Georg Klemp – Bad Nauheim, Germany

Kurt Landau – Frankfurt, Germany

Ralf Leopold – Schönaich, Germany

Emma Lugo – Peace Activist. Oregon City, Oregon, USA

Chris McKinnon – Peace Activist, Augusta, Maine, USA

Polly Milner – Salisbury, United Kingdom

Cathy Mink – Peace & Justice Activist, Belfast, Maine, USA

Christian Momberger – Gießen, Germany

Luíz Fernando Moser – Bonn, Germany

Niki Müller – Friedrichstadt, Germany

Diane Nahas – Peace Activist, Village of Sands Point, New York, USA

Gottfried Neis – Ahlbeck, Germany

Jon Olsen – Jefferson, Maine, USA

Gabriele Parakeninks – Berlin, Germany

Dagmar Pfeiffer – Lübeck, Germany

Bodo Quart – Railway Engineer, Berlin, Germany

Kathleen Rodgers-Kirk – Culpeper, Virginia, USA

Harald Roemer – Alsfeld, Germany

Karin Rother – Berlin, Germany

Phil Runkel – Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA

Ortwin Schäfer – Marburg, Germany

Natalia Schmidt – Sankt Augustin, Germany

Thomas Schmidt – Peace activist, Königs Wusterhausen, Germany

Heinz Schneider – Erkner, Germany

Christa Senberg – Peace Activist, Zossen, Germany

Dieter Spobert – Dresden, Germany

Karen Stansbery – Ellensburg, Washington, USA

David Stewart – Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom

Alfons Szidzek – Obernburg, Germany

Robert Weber – Michelstadt, Germany

Christine Weigelt – Peace activist, Berlin, Germany

Stephania Weigmann – Berlin, Germany

Carsten Wölk – Berlin, Germany

Murat Yilmaz – Berlin, Germany

Erika and Klaus Zeun – Cranzahl, Germany

The OSC statement has been translated into German, Hungarian and Italian. It is posted on the websites of the Coop Antiwar Cafe in Berlin, Germany, and the Hungarian website Balmix:

GERMAN

HUNGARIAN

https://balmix.hu/hu/transform/77696-antiimperialista-allasfoglalas-az-ukrajnai-valsagrol?screen_width=1536

ITALIAN

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTnN4gXle64fOa63E5df_hX8u4bi0hkbCTyNlJcNQU1xOvUbTyBfpXCzrj2_nxW1Q/pub

The statement also has been posted on the website of Environmentalists Against War in Berkeley, California, USA:

http://www.envirosagainstwar.org/2022/11/09/action-alert-an-anti-imperialist-position-on-the-crisis-in-ukraine/

One thought on “An anti-imperialist position on the crisis in Ukraine

  1. When the USSR fell, the MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX had lost their enemy that justified its bloated war budget . To replace that loss, now a FALSE WAR ON TERROR, FEAR OF THE MUSLIM WORLD, and FEAR IN GENERAL are all being used to justify the world’s largest War Industry abd its vast intelligence budget every year.
    Indeed the USofA spends more on war, intelligence and influencing the media than ALL THE REST OF THE WORLD COMBINED!
    If the abuses of the Pentagon and its “brother in arms “ , the Israeli Defense Forces becomes exposed , a more peaceful world becomes far more possible .

    FORE PLANNED FOR YEARS 9/11/01 ( CONTROLLED DEMOLITIONS);
    USA/NATO AFGHANISTAN WAR;

    ORIGINAL CRIME; 1945; USA BOMBINGS HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI;
    9/11/01 PLANNED TO TAKE OUT 7 MIDDLE EASTERN NATIONS WITH OIL ON THEIR LANDS.

    I communicate daily since 9/11/91 when NWO order Coup began with various religious groups violating biblical laws ( Corporations plus state equals fascism ) meeting with profit seeking corporations and military investors began .

    First casualty being Desert Storm war; and G. Bush telling Russia NATO would not expand .

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