We salute the brave men and women of the Russian Armed Forces (many Units of which retain the ‘Hammer and Sickle’ as part of their insignia), and the ‘volunteers of the People’s Militias’ of Donetsk and Lugansk who have chosen to ‘advance’ carrying the Soviet Red Flag into West Ukraine with the clear (moral) and military objective of destroying the ‘Neo-Nazi’ Euro-Maidan Regime which the West funded, armed and brought to power in early 2014! The ‘Leftist’ groups throughout the West (except for the odd few) have remained ‘silent’ whilst the US, UK and EU-supported Neo-Nazi troops have rampaged through the People’s Republic of Odessa! Today, as I write, the brave men and women of Russia and Donbass are fighting yet united together against the ideology of ‘Hitlerism’ and prevailing on every front! Yes – there has been casualties and will continue to be casualties – but the fault for this war lies in the US, UK and EU and not Russia! Although vast swathes of Ukrainian Army soldiers are ‘surrendering’ en masse – a small but determined inner-core of Neo-Nazi military units (trained by the US and UK) are remaining true to the ideology of Hitler as expressed in ‘Mein Kampf’ with many such individuals being ‘Catholic’ and directly related to the previous Neo-Nazi Insurgency in West Ukraine. This ‘insurgency’ was countered and put-down by the NKVD troops of the Soviet Union between 1945-1947! (The work of Alexander Werth covers this episode. When the conquering Red Army entered the territory of West Ukraine in 1943-1944 – they discovered a hardcore of non-surrendered Nazi German Officers leading highly motivated ‘Catholic’ Ukrainians – armed with weapons secured from the US and UK. Joseph Stalin stated that as the USSR was ‘allies’ with these two countries, the Red Army was to ‘ignore’ the implication of this discovering and continue its mission of pursuing the retreating Nazi German Military Forces back to Berlin. Instead, the Special Forces of the NKVD were moved into position to fight what became known as an ‘insurgency.’ The fighting was brutal, debilitating but necessary).
The history of the last one hundred years in the Ukraine is conveniently ‘ignored’ by all political parties – Left and Right – when analysing this situation. President Putin is resolving an incursion into the Russian sphere of influence (encouraged by the West) which has extended the reach of NATO further to the East on at least five separate occasions. When the material history of the situation has been correctly (and dialectically) assessed – there can be no arbitrary ‘equating’ of the current Russian military action with that of the military action of the Western forces of predatory capitalism committed in the region of West Ukraine over the last eight-years – and any tempt to do this must be declared entirely ‘Trotskyite’ in nature, conception and intent! The capitalist West cannot be allowed to generate Neo-Nazi movements as a means to attack Russia – and get away with it! The ‘White’ bourgeoise attitude of the capitalist West lies behind such attitudes and activities – and can also be seen in the continuous anti-China policy emanating from Washington and London which sees Chinese people demonised as being physically, emotionally, intellectually and culturally inferior! It is only the fact that the Communist Party of China currently puts the stability of trade above military resolution that has prevented this bourgeois (racist) policy from being directly dealt with. (For instance, all US influence could be thrown-out of Taiwan and the US colony of South Korea ‘crushed’, etc). As matters stand, the CPC fully supports the Russian action whilst calling for a swift end to the fighting and the resolving of all differences at the UN (despite the UN being controlled by the US).
By way of contrast, however, the Communist Party of Britain (CPB) has managed to issue a statement about the current situation in the Ukraine that whilst calling for peace – omits the term ‘Neo-Nazi’ entirely – but allows for the much less forceful (and ‘ahistorical’) term ‘fascist’. Furthermore, whilst condemning Putin in exactly the same tone as the leaders of the capitalist West – the CPB declares its own (original) position as being that the Ukraine must be ‘demilitarised.’ Interestingly, the Russian news agency TASS has been continuously calling for this objective over the last eight-years – whilst Putin has been declaring this objective for at least the last three-days! Putin has also stated that the ‘de-Nazification’ of the Ukraine is the primary objective of the current Russian military operation (an important contextual point omitted by the CPB statement). This is required, TASS explains, because the Ukrainian Neo-Nazis have been continuously committing War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity against the citizens of the People’s Republic of Donetsk and Lugansk whilst the ‘leftist’ groups in the West have said ‘nothing’ and done even less! There is something distinctly ‘Trotskyite’ about equating the destructive ideology of ‘Neo-Nazism’ with the decisive military ‘action’ designed to combat it. Neo-Nazism must be confronted, stopped and destroyed wherever it manifests – this is the only genuine Marxist-Leninist (Maoist) ideological position to take. The ‘United Front’ against fascism between 1941-1945 is a prime example of this. Do not forget that prior to this, when the British middle and upper-classes were celebrating Hitler’s achievements, the British working-class (led by the USSR), took it upon themselves to ‘fight’ world fascism in Spain – for which they were heavily punished by the British government when they returned to the UK! These brave men and women came from a ‘capitalist’ country but decided to carry-out their ‘Proletariat’ duty regardless of the consequences! Modern Russia is a capitalist country with one-third of its MPs elected from the Communist Party! The brave Russian men and women of the modern Russian Army are from a country that lost 41 million men, women and children during WWII in the battle against Nazi Germany and Japanese Imperialism! How can we not support this action!
The above photograph features the preparation for the ‘Crossing the Dniester River’ (using T-34-85 tanks) to be carried-out of the 44th Guards Tank Brigade. The liberation of Ukraine from the Nazis during the Great Patriotic War took place from January 1943 to October 1944. At that time, the Armed Forces of the USSR carried out 15 offensive operations (11 strategic and 4 front-line) on the territory of the Ukrainian SSR. The most significant of these offensive operations were: Donbass (August 13 – September 22, 1943), Korsun-Shevchenkovskaya (December 24, 1943 – February 17, 1944), Lvov-Sandomierz (July 13 – August 29, 1944) and the East Carpathian, which began on September 8 and ended on October 28 with the expulsion of the last formations of the Nazis from the territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.