Ukraine: Rivalry between Imperialist Powers escalates after Right-Wing Coup: Stop the Imperialist Saber-Rattling!
1. On the background of the February 22 right-wing coup in the Ukraine, the rivalry between the imperialist powers has dangerously escalated. Now in power is a right-wing coalition – the so-called “Euro-Maidan” movement – composed of pro-Western conservative parties and fascist forces. This coalition overthrew the former government of Viktor Yanukovych who acted as a lackey of most Ukraine oligarchs as well as of Russian imperialism, and who ruled with increasingly authoritarian methods.
2. The new government of Oleksandr Turchynov is similarly playing the marionette on a string for an important sector of the Ukraine oligarchs, as well as for US and EU imperialism. Turchynov’s government abolished Russian as an official language in the Crimea and the eastern parts of the country, and has banned the Communist party (KPU) in several regions or the Ukraine.
3. We in the RCIT and MAS reaffirm the positions which we have elaborated in past statements. The conflict between the right-wing “Euro-Maidan” coalition and the former government of Viktor Yanukovych was and is a conflict between two reactionary camps. Class conscious workers cannot support either of these camps. The right-wing coup represents a victory for US and EU imperialism and a setback for their Russian rival.
4. Following the right-wing coup, the main tasks of socialists in the Ukraine are to:
i) Defend the Russian-speaking minority against discrimination.
ii) Oppose the repression of the KPU and other political forces.
iii) Prepare and organize the working class to fight against the massive social attacks that lay ahead, attacks being planned by the new government in the service of the imperialist banks and monopolies.
To achieve these tasks, socialists must take a leading role in convening mass assemblies and coordinating actions, as well as organizing workers’ militias against any attacks by fascists or the police forces of the new government.
5. At the same time, the RCIT and the MAS denounce the saber-rattling by the Putin regime. The Russian president has been granted the authority to use the country’s armed forces in the Ukraine as pro-Russian militias continue their seizure of state buildings in the country’s southeastern region of Crimea. The Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, voted overwhelmingly to back a proposal to use "the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country." According to Ukrainian sources, Russia has already deployed 6,000 troops in the Crimea. These latest developments are nothing but the implementation of an aggressive, imperialist policy by Russia under the pretext of defending the Russian-speaking majority in Crimea. The present military maneuvers and the deployment of Russian forces in Crimea is the continuation of the Russia’s imperialist policies of the past by other means. They by no means constitute “fraternal aid for their Russian brother and sisters.”
6. Equally, we denounce the reactionary saber-rattling by the Western imperialist powers. Under present conditions, the new Ukrainian regime is not an independent actor, but only the marionette of Obama, Merkel, and Hollande. In any military conflict between the Ukraine and Russia, the Ukrainian state would represent the Western imperialist powers. Hence, socialists in the Ukraine, Russia, and internationally should not support either of these two imperialist camps.
7. In addition, while we resolutely defend the rights of the Russian-speaking minority, we no less equally defend the rights of the Crimean Tatars who were brutally displaced by Stalin’s regime in 1944. The Tatars constitute a minority in Crimea only due to their displacement by the reactionary Stalinist bureaucracy 70 years ago. We uncompromisingly defend their rights to return to their homeland, use their national language, and fully exercise their cultural rights without facing discrimination.
8. The most urgent task before us is to rally advanced sectors of the working class in the Ukraine, Russia, and the Western imperialist countries and unite them behind an internationalist, class struggle and anti-imperialist program. To organize the struggle for working class power, true socialists must build a revolutionary party in the tradition of Lenin and Trotsky. The RCIT and MAS call for revolutionaries in the Ukraine to unite in a Bolshevik organization based on an internationalist and communist program.
* Down with the right-wing government of Turchynov! Organize the working class against the social attacks ahead!
* For workers militias to defeat the fascists! Defend the rights of the Russian-speaking minorities! Defend the KPU and other forces against the fascists and state repression!
* Defend the rights of the Crimea Tatars!
* Down with the military provocations and threats of Russian imperialism! Down with the imperialist interference of US and EU imperialism!
* For a workers’ government based on working class councils and militias! Neither Brussels nor Moscow – for an independent, red Ukraine!
International Secretariat of the RCIT and Editors of the Bulletin "Movement to Socialism” (MAS)
For a more detailed analysis of the situation in the Ukraine we refer readers to:
RCIT and MAS: Right-Wing Forces Take Power in the Ukraine: Mobilize the Working Class against the New Government! 25.2.2014, http://www.thecommunists.net/worldwide/europe/right-wing-coup-in-ukraine/
MAS: No to the Terror of the Bandera-Fascists! Stop the Repression against the Communists of Ukraine!, 22.2.2014
RCIT: “Ukraine: Neither Brussels nor Moscow! For an independent Workers’ Republic!” 18.12.2013 which has been published in several languages: