Resist Statement on the Ukraine Conflict

NATO and its proxies are more than equally culpable for the appalling carnage taking place in Ukraine. If the slide into a wider European war is to be stopped, now more than ever, it is time to walk a mile in Russian shoes.

Russia, albeit led by an authoritarian capitalist and imperialist leader, is fighting a defensive war, with Ukraine being used as a pawn in an aggressive NATO initiated expansionist war.

WE IN RESIST SUPPORT DIALOGUE FOR A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT THAT BRINGS PEACE TO UKRAINE, SECURITY AND  AUTONOMY FOR  THE PEOPLE OF DONETSK, LUHANSK AND CRIMEA, AS WELL AS SECURITY FOR RUSSIA AND EASTERN EUROPE. WE WELCOME THE TALKS BETWEEN RUSSIA AND UKRAINE BASED ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE NEED FOR UKRAINIAN NEUTRALITY.

WE CALL ON PEOPLE TO

  • RESIST THE HEAD-LONG RUSH TO WAR 
  • RESIST NATO’S EXPANSIONIST WARMONGERING 
  • RESIST THE DEMONISATION OF RUSSIA AS A COUNTRY
  • RESIST THE DEMONISATION OF THOSE WHO SEEK A JUST PEACE
  • RESIST THE CORPORATE MEDIA’S BOGUS FIGHT FOR “DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM” IN UKRAINE, A FIGHT WHICH SHOULD INSTEAD BE WAGED AGAINST OUR OWN IMPERIALIST WAR-MONGERS AT HOME.
  • RESIST THE MARCH TOWARDS FASCISM

Some history

Any study of the history of Russia and Eastern Europe, whether that be the history of Tsarist Russia, Soviet Russia, post-Soviet Mafia-run Russia, or Putin’s national chauvinist Russia, will demonstrate irrefutably, that any incursion by western powers into Eastern Europe has always, and will always, inevitably lead to a robust reaction and defensive push. This is particularly true of today’s Russia, given the history of the last century.

Following the 1914 to 1917 Workers’ Revolution, imperialist armies invaded Russia, in an attempt, to quote Churchill, “to strangle this baby in its cradle”. Subsequently the Soviet Union was to lose over 30 million of its citizens, including no less than one third of its entire male population, on the road to its victory over European Fascism. It was a battle not just fought against German fascists, but also Italian, Romanian, Bulgarian and Hungarian fascist troops, (all present at the crucial battle of Stalingrad), in addition to Ukrainian fascists whose brutality against their fellow ethnic minority Soviet citizens, (trade unionists, socialists and Communists), was so barbaric, it embarrassed the Nazis.

Despite that history, it is worth noting that Stephan Bandera the WW2 Ukrainian fascist leader was rehabilitated in the “democratic Ukraine“ led by the US/NATO favoured 2014 Yatsenyuk government, which at the same time also set about banning all Ukraine’s communist parties, and proscribing the use of the Russian, Romanian and Hungarian languages.

Putin as the bogeyman

It is pure 1984 double-speak to characterise Putin as a modern day ‘Hitler’, rising to power on the wreckage of the Soviet Union. In reality Putin’s Russian nationalism ended the Western sponsored ‘mafia free for all’ which had resulted in the pillaging of Russian natural resources by western sponsored corporations. Similarly after 8 years of racist war by the Ukrainian government against the Russian speaking minority in Donbass and Luhansk, resulting in the loss of over 15,000 lives, Putin has acted with a great deal of Russian public support, and intervened to end a conflict that the Minsk Accords were actually designed to end, but which the Ukrainian government did nothing to implement

NATO’S expansion eastward

The relentless expansion of NATO to include 15 eastern and southern European states since the collapse of the Soviet Union has been ringing alarm bells in the Kremlin for years. It is the aggressive encirclement of its eastern and southern borders by the West, which has inevitably led to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The constant interference in Ukraine in recent years by the US and other NATO members is well documented. For a balanced unbiased view of this interference and how recent events have brought us to the current conflict, see Oliver Stone’s documentary “Ukraine on Fire”. The documentary has been removed from Silicon Valley media platforms as supposedly nothing but a heretical treacherous apology for Putin, – it is however available, to their great credit, from Vimeo who clearly understand the meaning of free speech.

It’s ordinary people who suffer

Sadly and most poignantly it is the Ukrainian people who are being cynically betrayed, simply being hung out to dry by NATO, and otherwise used by the West in its’ imperialist but deadly game with Russia. Zelensky’s increasingly desperate, but relentlessly ignored appeals for direct Western intervention have testified to this fact. What has become increasingly obvious is that NATO doesn’t care how much destruction and death takes place, providing it is kept on Ukrainian soil and only involves Ukrainians and Russians. President Zelensky can perhaps take some comfort from the fact that the West is determined to defend it’s’ freedom and “rules based International order” until the last drop of Ukrainian blood.

The hypocritical narrative 

Underpinning this cynical abuse of the Ukrainian people is the Western establishment’s diabolical media circus, banging the war drums louder by the day, with their manufactured sanctimonious concern for the men, women and children in war ravaged Ukraine.

Notably the main-stream oligarch owned media, and those currently wrapping themselves in the Ukrainian flag, and otherwise virtue signalling their concern on social media, showed little, or no pity for the men women and children of the Balkans, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and have been less than vociferous about the ordinary men women and children of Yemen currently being bombed and starved.

Such people supported these wars directly, or at best just got on, did their paymaster’s bidding and turned a blind eye to NATO and the West’s murderous slaughter.

This level of rank hypocrisy by the establishment and media, crying crocodile tears over the deaths and displacement of civilians in Ukraine in order to whip up fever pitch war hysteria throughout Britain, has not been seen since WW1.

To quote George Orwell, “in the time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act”.