WAR HAS begun. With the purpose of protecting and accruing assets for the Russian oligarchs and the oligarchs from Viktor Yanukovych’s group, the Russian authorities have undertaken a military incursion into Ukraine.
This aggression is fraught with catastrophic consequences for the Ukrainian and Russian people, and, most of all, for the population of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the industrial regions of southeast Ukraine.
For Ukraine, this also means an escalation of an international conflict; for Russia, a strengthening of dictatorship, repression and chauvinist hysteria, with the help of which the ruling elite has tried to neutralize social discontent caused by the deepening economic crisis.
We share the anxiety of residents of the southeast about the nationalist tendencies of the new Kiev government. But we are sure that it is not Putin’s tanks, but only self-organization and a struggle of the people for their own civil, political and socio-economic rights that will lead to freedom.
The people of Ukraine, it goes without saying, have the right to self-determination, to any measure of autonomy or independence. But what we are seeing today has nothing in common with the democratic choice of the population. It is a naked and cynical operation of Russian imperialism, directed at the seizure of foreign territory and the return of Ukraine or its regions into its own protectorate.
Today, the struggle for freedom in Russia is a struggle against foreign policy adventures of the ruling regime, which is trying through these actions to postpone its own demise.
The Russian Socialist Movement calls upon all real left and democratic forces to organize antiwar protests with the following demands:
— No to Russo-Ukrainian war!
— No to provocations for bloodshed in Ukraine!
— No to pitting the people of Ukraine and Russia against one another!
— No to the interference of the Russian army or the armies of other countries in Crimea!
— Yes to freedom from ultimatums and peaceful self-determination of people living in the Crimean peninsula!
— Yes to the struggle of the working people of Ukraine against the oligarchs and corrupt bureaucrats!
— No to international conflict!
Central Council of the Revolutionary Socialist Movement
March 1, 2014