AWU Statement on Russian Intervention in Crimea

Keeping up with the situation in Ukraine is, as with all volatile events, a full time job best handled by people at the heart of the matter. We’re not in Ukraine, but we do know people who are– the Autonomous Worker Union. Here is there is statement about the violent “pacification” of Crimea, and their plea for western leftists to cut ties with the so-called “anti-imperialism” which comes down to the support of the Putin’s regime against the US.

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On February 27, 2014, pro-Russian chauvinists of Crimea, supported by Berkut riot police and Russian Black Sea Fleet committed military coup in Crimea. Right now it’s already obvious that the government of “Russian Unity” movement headed by Aksionov is no more than a puppet of the Kremlin regime.
We don’t regard Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability of its borders as a value, we are against violent “pacification” of Crimea, but we think that the status of Crimea should be defined with due regard to the opinion of the Crimean Tatar minority.
The latest events show that Putin is not going to limit himself with the annexation of Crimea. The aim of the imperialist Kremlin regime is to expand the Russian practices on all territory of Ukraine.
Thereby the Russian regime proved to be the main threat to the interests of the proletariat at the post-Soviet area.
We are opponents of war and militarism. But we think that in this situation conscious proletarians can rely on nobody but themselves.
There’s no point in waiting for “rescue” from Nato. Ukrainian nationalist politicians can only organize defense of a part of territory at best. The war can be averted only if proletarians of all countries, first and foremost Ukrainian and Russian, together make a stand against the criminal regime of Putin.
Joint action by the Ukrainian and Russian proletariat and all progressive democratic forces which will put an end to Putin’s regime, will also mean an end to the current neoliberal-oriented nationalist regime in Ukraine.
While for the leftists and anarchists of the West it’s high time to cut ties with the so-called “anti-imperialism” which comes down to the support of the Putin’s regime against the US.
No war between nations, no peace between classes!

We agree!

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