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TUC silence on Russian aggression is nothing new

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Eric Lee

In an otherwise excellent piece on the TUC’s passing of an idiotic resolution on Ukraine, Dale Street writes that “for the first time since the Second World War the territory of a European country has been seized by that of a neighbouring big power.”

That doesn’t sound right — and it isn’t.

In fact there have been several occasions since 1945 when European countries have been the victims of aggression by neighbouring big powers.

As post-Soviet Russia reverts to the traditional forms of imperialist expansion in eastern Ukraine, you would think that the left would have no hesitation about condemning that aggression.

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The flood of Putin's lies

The following is an extract from an interview by the Russian Socialist Movement with Dmitry Kozhnev, a former engineer and trade union activist in Kaluga (Russia) and member of the Workers’ Platform of the RSM.


The conditions under which trade union activity takes place (in Russia) have changed in recent months. Anybody who wants to now tries to cover up their dirty little games with “patriotic” rhetoric.

An interview with Russian socialist and trade union activist Dmitry Kozhnev.

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Putin keeps his options open

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Dale Street

Battered by superior Russian firepower, the Ukrainian government signed a ceasefire with the pro-Russian separatists on 5 September.

Only a fortnight before the Ukrainian military hemmed separatists into three small enclaves, albeit at the cost of thousands of fatalities.

But then Russia jacked up the military backing it had given to the separatists from day one. Three offensives were launched from Russian territory, Russian troops took part in those offensives, and yet more Russian military hardware was handed over to the separatists.

Russian president Putin and Ukrainian president Poroshenko are both under pressure from pro-war factions.

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Russia: hands off Ukraine!

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Dale Street

As from late August, what amounts to a straightforward Russian invasion of Ukraine is underway.

Alexander Zakharchenko, self-styled “Prime Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic”, has said that there are 3,000 to 4,000 Russian troops fighting in Ukraine. But, he claims, they are soldiers on leave who prefer fighting to going to the beach!

What amounts to a straightforward Russian invasion of Ukraine is underway.

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The Russians Withdraw from Afghanistan (1988)

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Sean Matgamna

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

They argued that Afghanistan was a different case from Vietnam or other battles against imperialism. The USSR claims to be socialist; and even if we reject this claim we can point to the frankly reactionary prograrnme of the Afghan rebels and the support for them from the United States. In comparison the Afghan government and its Russian backers are , if no more, 'progressive'.

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The Russians Withdraw from Afghanistan

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Sean Matgamna

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

They argued that Afghanistan was a different case from Vietnam or other battles against imperialism. The USSR claims to be socialist; and even if we reject this claim we can point to the frankly reactionary prograrnme of the Afghan rebels and the support for them from the United States. In comparison the Afghan government and its Russian backers are , if no more, 'progressive'.

The withdrawal of Russian troops from Afghanistan must be perplexing for those on the left who supported their invasion or did not oppose their presence.

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