[Marxism] Against the regime in Kyiv and the junta in the East! AWU-Kyiv statement on the conflict in the Eastern regions (EN, GR) | Автономна спілка трудящих

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Against the regime in Kyiv and the junta in the East! AWU-Kyiv statement 
on the conflict in the Eastern regions (EN, GR)

There is a continuing confrontation on Ukraine’s territory between the 
groups of local and Russian ruling class which play off the working 
people one against another and stir up enmity, bringing the country 
closer to the state of civil war. The events in Mariupol’ are the 
embodiment of this confrontation. Many people, the combatants and 
civilians, contract military staff and conscripts, as well as 
volunteers, have suffered on both sides of the conflict  as a result of 
the “anti-terrorist operation”

This is a critical situation for working people. The government treats 
all protesting Anti-Maidan people alike: soldiers don’t understand who 
they shoot at, and the ones who are being shot at don’t understand what 
they die for. Both sides of the conflict manipulate their “foot 
soldiers” with a particular cynicism, and because of this the working 
people fight for the ideas that do not have anything in common with 
their material, class interests. Ukrainian military units and other 
armed groups fight for the senseless ideals of national-patriotism and 
“unity of a nation”, while separatists fight for the creation of a new 
state and/or joining Russia. In all cases the aim is the borgeois 
national state with its bureaucrats, police, judges, prisons, 
capitalists and paupers.

Even now there are already dozens of victims and deaths as the 
consequence of struggle between those two reactionary movements. Army 
incompetence, on the one side, and the combatants’ depravity, on another 
side, increase the losses significantly.

The highest ranks of Anti-Maidan movement are generally made up of 
military retirees, as well as senior police officials, which are loyal 
to the previous regime. Therefore, the leadership of the “people’s 
republics” in the Eastern regions of Ukraine may indeed be styled as the 
junta – the dictatorship of the law enforcement and armed forces.

Fascist groups and criminals present in this movement make the overall 
character of junta deeply reactionary and radically contrary to the 
class interests of the working people in the Eastern regions.

Pro-Russian propaganda portrays separatist combatants as fighters of 
anti-fascist resistance. According to this propaganda, “anti-terrorist 
operation” started by Ukrainian government is nothing else but the 
attack of Ukrainian fascists from “Right Sector”, whose role in these 
and many other events is disturbingly blown way out of proportion.

“Right Sector” is a poorly coordinated coalition of several far-right 
organizations. Its social structure consists of far-right youth and 
criminal groups. The social structure of “people’s republics” combatants 
is mainly similar: teenagers, gangsters and declassed elements. The 
popular appeal of “Right Sector” in the present moment is very low (even 
lower than that of the totally discredited Communist Party of Ukraine); 
moreover, “Right Sector” is in the state of an undercover war with 
Ukrainian government.

Owing to the constant PR from the pseudo-antifascist international 
community, “Right Sector” acquires the dreadful image of a powerful 
organization which almost rules the Ukrainian state, which is obviously 
not true. But we are not trying to minimize the problem of fascist 
movements in Ukraine. AWU repeatedly emphasized the escalation of 
far-right violence, aimed particularly at leftists, as early as 2012, 
during Yanukovych’s regime. AWU activists were also attacked. One of our 
comrades was almost killed by the neo-nazis who had attacked him with 
knives. Also, the location of this year’s May Day march had to be moved 
due to the threat of clashes with far-right.

Resisting the fascist movements has been one of the primary tasks of 
anarchist movement in Ukraine for a long time. Unlike many 
post-Stalinist “antifascists” in Western countries we know this problem 
firsthand and not from the Internet. And yet, we and our comrades 
managed to organize May Day anarchist marches with social, 
anticapitalist and antinational agenda in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Zhytomyr.

Anarchists do not intend to give ground to the nazis and to the 
right-liberal government. It was AWU that organized the radical left 
protest campaign against the “Bat’kivshyna” ruling party.

We are ready to continue the fight against the state, capital and the 
far-right who protect them. But this fight is a hundred times more 
difficult when the state, the church, police structures and fascist 
movements are united into one force. Such is the situation in Donbass, 
where the “army of Donetsk people’s republic” is headed by Igor 
Strelkov, the Russian undercover man and a great fan of the historical 
Tsarist White Guard movement; where the organizer of the referendum, the 
founder of “Orthodox Donbass” movement, consults with the leader of the 
oldest post-Soviet neo-Nazi movement, legendary Aleksandr Barkashov; 
where activists of Anti-Maidan manifest their solidarity and respects to 
another icon of European fascists – Aleksandr Dugin; where co-chairman 
of the “Donetsk people’s republic government” Denis Pushilin openly 
regrets the revolution of 1917 that put end to tsarism and calls it a 
“bloody disaster”.

Social slogans did not fit into the manifests and official documents of 
separatists, while there are many phrases about the class peace and the 
interests of the “small business”. Criminal and fascist junta on the 
East at present organizes the tortures and abductions of trade union 

Nationalism is the deadly enemy of the working people. This is proved by 
the current events in Ukraine, when fascists on both sides help the 
ruling class to physically fight down the working people. The question 
is – how many victims and destructions are needed before Ukrainian 
proletariat realizes it.

We demand from the Kyiv government to remove the troops from the cities 
immediately, and from the Eastern junta to stop terrorizing peaceful 
working people. Our own goal is to keep up the resistance at all fronts 
and to build revolutionary labour movement against all the odds.

We call on our fellow Ukrainian workers to line up behind our common 
class interests, among which are peace and solidarity, but not the 
senseless fight for keeping the territories or their separation. Class 
struggle does not have anything to do with the fight for redistribution 
of power. Whoever wins in the confrontation between the government and 
separatists, – we will lose, that is why its boycott is our priority. 
Ignoring the government’s decisions, renouncing the militarism, striking 
and building the revolutionary labour movement – such are our weapons 
against the war imposed upon us. We can count only on ourselves and the 
international solidarity from other left-radical organizations. If we 
don’t start to rise now we will face the most difficult times.

No gods, no masters, no nations, no borders!

Workers of the world, unite!

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