Internationalists issue declaration against war in Ukraine

Russian troops in Ukraine

Internationalists and anarchists from Russia and elsewhere have issued a declaration condemning both the Russian and Ukrainian governments, arguing that the working class in both countries should reject nationalism and fight for their own interests.

Here is the declaration in its entirety:

Declaration of Internationalists against the war in Ukraine

War on war! Not a single drop a blood for the "nation”!

The power struggle between oligarchic clans in Ukraine threatens to escalate into an international armed conflict. Russian capitalism intends to use redistribution of Ukrainian state power in order to implement their long-standing imperial and expansionist aspirations in the Crimea and eastern Ukraine where it has strong economic, financial and political interests.

On the background of the next round of the impending economic crisis in Russia, the regime is trying to stoking Russian nationalism to divert attention from the growing workers' socio-economic problems: poverty wages and pensions, dismantling of available health care, education and other social services. In the thunder of the nationalist and militant rhetoric it is easier to complete the formation of a corporate, authoritarian state based on reactionary conservative values and repressive policies.

In Ukraine, the acute economic and political crisis has led to increased confrontation between "old" and "new" oligarchic clans, and the first used including ultra-rightist and ultra-nationalist formations for making a state coup in Kiev. The political elite of Crimea and eastern Ukraine does not intend to share their power and property with the next in turn Kiev rulers and trying to rely on help from the Russian government. Both sides resorted to rampant nationalist hysteria: respectively, Ukrainian and Russian. There are armed clashes, bloodshed. The Western powers have their own interests and aspirations, and their intervention in the conflict could lead to World War III.

Warring cliques of bosses force, as usual, force to fight for their interests us, ordinary people: wage workers, unemployed, students, pensioners... Making us drunkards of nationalist drug, they set us against each other, causing us forget about our real needs and interests: we don`t and can`t care about their "nations" where we are now concerned more vital and pressing problems – how to make ends meet in the system which they found to enslave and oppress us.

We will not succumb to nationalist intoxication. To hell with their state and “nations”, their flags and offices! This is not our war, and we should not go on it, paying with our blood their palaces, bank accounts and the pleasure to sit in soft chairs of authorities. And if the bosses in Moscow, Kiev, Lviv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Simferopol start this war, our duty is to resist it by all available means!

No war between "nations"-no peace between classes!

KRAS, Russian section of the International Workers Association
Internationalists of Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Israel, Lithuania
Anarchist Federation of Moldova
Fraction of the Revolutionary Socialists (Ukraine)

Declaration was supported by:

Workers Solidarity Alliance (North America)
An Internationalist from USA
Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative of Romania
Libertarians of Barcelona
Left Communists and Internacionalists from Ecuador, Peru, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela
Workers-Communist Iniciative (France)
Leicester group of Anarchist Federation (Britain)
An Internationalist from Ireland
French-speaking Anarchist Federation (FAF)
International of Anarchist Federations (IFA)
Union workers and precarious of Clermont-Ferrand CNT-AIT (France)
"World Revolution" (Croatia)
A Libertarian Socialist (Egypt)
libcom.org group
World in Common network

The statement is open for signature

From http://www.aitrus.info/node/3608
Individuals or organisations wanting to cosign the statement should send their name/organisation name to KRAS by e-mail at comanar30@gmail.com

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Steven.
Mar 2 2014 15:39

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confusionboats
Mar 5 2014 23:11

petition for a mirrored declaration denouncing US or EU intervention

Foristaruso
Mar 6 2014 12:02

Of course, we in KRAS are a-national / antinational. It was meant in the text. It is directed against all side and participants of this conflict - Russian and Ukraininan bourgeosie and nationalists. We don`t prefer any side and we don`t look for lesser evil. The word "internationalism" is may be not fully correct but it use is a tradition even in a antinational sense (like International Workers Association)

WithDefiance
Mar 6 2014 15:10

We talked about this statement with our anarchist group yesterday and one thing we thought odd is that in the whole statement nothing is mentioned of the (historical) military strategic importance of the Crimea in the region. For the rest in my opinion a great text and actually its going to be the startingpoint of our next info-/discussionevening.

PS: I also translated this text into Dutch: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/21678
PS2: I added Washington and Brussels to the list of places where powerforces are situated which influence this event.

no1
Mar 6 2014 22:02

Wtf is this?? I dont know anything about military stuff buy this sounds bloody dangerous!

Quote:
F-15 fighter jets from RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk have been deployed to the Baltic region to monitor the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said six jets would be deployed to Lithuania, with support staff being transferred to Poland.

Four Lakenheath jets are already based in the area, having been part of a Nato mission for the past 10 years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26466250

Khawaga
Mar 6 2014 22:16

Yeah,and the US has sent some warships towards Crimea. It's concerning. A game of chicken with WW3 as the possible worst outcome.

Foristaruso
Mar 8 2014 08:02
WithDefiance wrote:
We talked about this statement with our anarchist group yesterday and one thing we thought odd is that in the whole statement nothing is mentioned of the (historical) military strategic importance of the Crimea in the region. For the rest in my opinion a great text and actually its going to be the startingpoint of our next info-/discussionevening.

PS: I also translated this text into Dutch: https://www.indymedia.nl/node/21678
PS2: I added Washington and Brussels to the list of places where powerforces are situated which influence this event.

We added the mention about Washington in Brussels to declaration. Your group signed the text or we must mention you only as translators?

Steven.
Mar 8 2014 12:43

Sorry, we meant to say libcom.org would like to co-sign this statement as well

also, don't worry about the person being pedantic, above, the word "internationalist" is fine

Iskra
Mar 9 2014 00:00
Makhnovtchina
Mar 9 2014 00:18

STATEMENT from the MAKHNOVTCHINA INSURGENT ARMY on the SITUATION across the UKRAINE and the WORLD:

We proletarians and peasants of Gulyai-Polye have once again risen up against all oppressors in the Ukraine, Crimea and beyond! Once more we strap on our rifles and sabres, to muster on our horses and tachankas under the black skull and crossbone flags of libertarian communism!

Death to the Svoboda rapists and anti-abortionists!

Death to the Praviy Sektor Jew-hating fascists!

Death to the Putinist invaders of Crimea!

Down with the robed priests who bless Putinists and Maidanists alike! Down with all the oligarchs and corrupt apparatchik robbers of the poor! Down with the austerity scheming neo-liberals from Europe and the coup plotter neo-cons from the USA! Down with the distractors who divide people not on politics or class but on language, 'race', gender, sexuality and culture!

This time there will be no stopping us - we will drive all these oppressors into the sea and carry on driving! On to the heart of Putinist Russia! On to the heart of austerity Europe! On across the arctic ice, into Canada and imperialist USA! The 1% with their polluters and energy corporations will be scattered in the wake of out tachankas! The corrupt elites of China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and India shall not escape our wrath! Neither will the zionist pogromists in Palestine! And listen well, consumers of bourgeois commodity fetishes, for you will soon hear the furious hoofbeats of vengeance echoing down your corporate office hallways and shopping malls!

Long live libertarian communism! Awake! Let the slumbering lions of peasants and workers arise! Long live the new baktos who will lead us to victory! Arise! Arise!

Black Badger
Mar 9 2014 01:38

How many modern-day libertarian communists does it take to be a Makhnovshchina? Sorry to be so cynical. Get back to me when there are more than three of you guys.
PS, get some more up to date slogans please.

Iskra
Mar 9 2014 03:54

Makhnovtchina lol

I hope this guy is trolling, because otherwise this is really sad.

WithDefiance
Mar 9 2014 09:41

For now only as a translator sadly enough...

rooieravotr
Mar 9 2014 13:28

I am delighted to sign this statement wholeheartedly. Internationalist from the Netherlands.

Foristaruso
Mar 9 2014 15:06

Thank you, we added the signature of libcom. Tomorrow we will make it with the signature of comrade from Netherlands

no1
Mar 18 2014 10:10

What could possibly go wrong?

Quote:
Crimea crisis: Britain offers jets to patrol Russia border as tensions grow
Britain offered to send Typhoon aircraft to police Russian borders with the Baltic States on Monday as tensions over Ukraine grew.
Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, made the offer to supply RAF jets to Nato amid warnings that Europe could face a new Cold War with Russia.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10704567/Crimea...

s.nappalos
Mar 18 2014 14:21

The international solidarity commission of the IWW signed onto it too.