[Marxism] Maidan or anti-Maidan? The Ukraine situation requires more nuance | Volodymyr Ishchenko | Comment is free

Paul Flewers trusscott.foundation at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue Apr 15 15:38:07 MDT 2014


A good article, pointing to the problems with both the pro- and anti-Maidan
currents, and for the need to cut across the current leading political
agendas.

Ukraine is at a critical point, those in the Eastern and Southern parts of
the country who have justified fears about the Kiev government's economic
austerity policies and the rise of Ukrainian nationalism and the inclusion
of hard-right elements in the government are in danger of being swamped by
and drawn into a very nasty Russian nationalist upsurge, whether or not the
Russian government actually intervenes on the ground. Any armed response by
the Kiev government that leads to casualties will intensify the Russian
nationalists' campaign.

The rival parallel nationalist agendas in Ukraine threaten to force people
in the mixed areas of the country to declare their allegiance: Russian with
Russia or Ukrainian with Ukraine. The spectre of the Yugoslav disaster is
arising in Ukraine, the same dynamics which led to the internecine
slaughter there are appearing in Ukraine. Unless some sort of class
politics which can point to the common interests of workers in the country
as a whole can cut across the growing rival nationalist upsurges, disaster
is inevitable.

Paul F



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