Statement: "Stop the Russo-Ukraine war"

Submitted by AWL on 6 September, 2014 - 8:17

This statement has been issued by the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, which the AWL supports. We do not necessarily agree with every point, every detail and every expression, but agree with its general stance of supporting Ukrainian self-determination against Russia while backing workers and the left against all nationalists. This is an important statement. Please circulate widely.



Statement by the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (UK)

Pro-Russian para-militaries are surrounded in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk but peace in Ukraine is far from certain, the remaining inhabitants are in a perilous position. Since April more than 1,543 military and civilians have been killed, some 4,396 confirmed wounded, across Ukraine there are up to 400,000 internally displaced persons.

The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign (USC) declares its solidarity with the Ukrainian labour movement that stands for unity and all efforts to reinstate peace. USC supports the anti-war movement in Russia and demands the release of all political prisoners and an end to the repression in Russia.

To stop the war USC campaigns for the following as path for independence, peace and democracy:

• for the self-determination Ukraine as a whole, free from the intrigues and corporate business-interests of Russia and the western powers
• for an immediate ceasefire by all opposing armed forces, including irregular forces
• for the deployment of neutral observers to monitor ceasefire lines, and the opening of humanitarian corridors supervised by bodies such as the International Red Cross
• for the immediate withdrawal of Russian and pro-Russian para-military forces from Ukraine
• all military personnel and civilians detained as a result of the hostilities to be either exchanged or released under the supervision of the International Red Cross
• the creation of a wide demilitarised zone around Ukraine’s borders.
• the return to barracks of the Ukrainian armed forces, disbandment and of removal of ultra-right nationalist organisations from positions in the Government of Ukraine, the Armed Forces and the interior ministry organs.
• the restoration of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea with a fully democratic referendum on the status of Crimea
• a leading role for trade unions and community organisations independent of oligarchs and ultra-right nationalists, in sustaining peace in Donbas
• for an independent inquiry into the violence and killings at the Kyiv and the Odessa trade union buildings, all those responsible for war crimes and extra-judicial killings to be brought to justice.
• the creation of an all-Ukraine system of autonomous, local self-government and abolition of regional governors
• for a neutral Ukraine, cessation of NATO involvement in Ukraine, repeal Yanukovych’s agreement to the program of cooperation with NATO
• the restoration of the Budapest Treaty and recognition of Ukraine as a united, nuclear free, neutral state.
• For the cancellation of all IMF and EU debt and payment of reparations by Russia for the reconstruction of Donbas

USC calls for full solidarity with the Ukrainian labour movement, and not those who would seek to divide workers to serve the vested interests of rival powers.

We oppose the attempt of Russian imperialism to dominate Ukraine, just as we oppose the efforts of Western and American imperialism to do the same thing.


Submitted by Liam Conway on Sat, 06/09/2014 - 09:20

Sorry to be Mr Picky, but which bits of this statement do we not support?

Submitted by AWL on Sun, 07/09/2014 - 12:51

Hi Liam,

For instance, while I think it tries to deal with a real issue - that we should not support the Ukrainian government's "anti-terrorist operation" - I'm not sure saying "Ukrainian troops back to barracks" is the right way of posing it when Russian and pro-Russian forces are rampaging around.

Similarly, I don't think equating what Russia and the US are trying to do to Ukraine, as the last line of the statement seems to, is right.

However, the general thrust of the statement is clearly good. Rather than arguing extensively during the drafting process, which involved all sorts of different people, we decided to publish the statement with the intro note.

Sacha Ismail

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