Ukraine: Defeat the neo-fascist attack of the Kiev Regime on the anti-Kiev resistance!
The Liaison Committee of Communists stands alongside Borotba and its call for an International Day of Solidarity against Fascism on 8 May (elsewhere on May 9
). At the same time we have no confidence in Borotba’s program for self-defence against neo-fascism as independent of extreme pro-Russian forces. Proletarian anti-fascists must march and fight separately from petty bourgeois and bourgeois nationalists even while striking at neo-fascist forces.
We oppose those on the left who see Russia as a degenerated workers state, a capitalist semi-colony, or a 'lesser evil' great power to the U.S. and EU, and therefore as a progressive force against Western imperialism and fascism. We have pointed out before that Russia is imperialist and is therefore driven in crisis to resort to fascism to smash the Russian working class. We also oppose self-proclaimed Trotskyists who say that because there are neo-fascist elements on both sides in Ukraine we should support neither side in the war that is breaking out. Instead therefore projecting a picture of an idealised proletariat that does not exist in the real world, rather than the actual proletariat being subjected to bloody terror and one capable of choosing sides. Because the two sides are not equal! It is clear that the ultra-right U.S./EU stooge bourgeoisie is in control in Kiev, and that the Maidan workers make no effort to stop its neo-fascist attacks on Eastern workers, while in the East the anti-regime workers are for unity with all Ukraine workers against the illegitimate Kiev regime and are not subordinated to the Russian xenophobes! While Russian imperialism has a clear interest in the outcome of this struggle in Ukraine, its main interest is to prevent a war on its border that would jeopardise its economic investments in Ukraine. Therefore it collaborates with the NATO powers to prevent a proletarian revolution breaking out on its border that would spread quickly into Russia. Its annexation of Crimea was an exception given its strategic position in Russia's defence against the encroachments of NATO. The key factor at the moment is that the Maidan forces are being led by the radical right/neo-fascists. The proletarian elements in the West are supporting this illegitimate regime as it attacks the anti-Maidan forces as 'terrorists'. They look for excuses to blame the anti-Maidan forces for the killings in Odessa and towns under occupation. But they cannot hide the fact of deliberately planned provocations and open killings of unarmed protesters initiated by neo-fascist thugs of the Right Sector. In the East while the anti-regime leadership includes extreme pro-Russian elements, there is a popular majority to stay in Ukraine but against the Kiev regime. This is a clear proletarian class position that fights to defend a united Ukraine working class against a U.S./EU backed ultra-right regime with open fascists in top positions. We support the demands for a referendum on self-determination taking the form of federalism aimed at protecting the national and cultural rights of those in the East from anti-Russian chauvinism and neo-fascist attacks. They take into account the rights of other minorities, and unlike the Crimea, do not force any minority into a secession or annexation by Russia.
In this situation of a neo-fascist Kiev regime attacking a mainly proletarian South East as 'terrorists' we are for a workers united anti-fascist front with NO political support to any ultra nationalist petty bourgeois or bourgeois forces siding with either imperialist bloc.
At this point it seems that the big majority in the East are still for autonomy, or federalism, and not secession. They are for the unity of the Ukraine workers against the Kiev regime. Only a small minority