As the war in Ukraine reaches the end of its second week, the Connolly Youth Movement reiterates its opposition to both Russian aggression, and NATO antagonism and exacerbation of the conflict. As we write, thousands of refugees flee their homes, while thousands more, workers all, engage in futile and bloody battle at the behest and for the enrichment of imperialist capitalists.
The bloodshed will not cease by the flooding of arms into Ukraine from the West, it will not cease by the march of young men from Ireland and the rest of Europe into foreign legions, a march which takes them not to a fight for democracy and freedom, but into the maw of conflict, trauma and death. The only thing that will stop this war without a catastrophic loss of life is diplomacy.
“The acceleration towards membership of NATO could have been prevented, and with it the violence today, through diplomacy.
The partition of Luhank and Donetsk by Ukrainian neo-nazis far out of control from their western-backed puppet government could have been prevented, and with it, violence today, through diplomacy.
The Minsk protocols could have been implemented, giving the Russian language speaking minority in Ukraine protection and recognition, through diplomacy and legislation.”
In line with this, the Connolly Youth Movement has signed, and republished below, a statement on behalf of communist and workers parties and youth movements the world over, condemning imperialist aggression from all sides, and demanding peace. Only by resisting the machinations of the imperialist capitalist war machine can the Ukrainian and Russian people, and indeed the peoples of the world, know peace.
The following letter was originally published in English by In Defence of Communism: The Marxist-Leninist Blog. Find the original copy here: http://www.idcommunism.com/2022/02/ukraine-war-joint-statement-of-communist-and-workers-parties-no-to-imperialist-war.html
UKRAINE WAR: Joint Statement of Communist and Workers’ Parties — No to the imperialist war!
No to the imperialist war in Ukraine!
An independent struggle is needed against monopolies and bourgeois classes, for the overthrow of capitalism, for the strengthening of the class struggle against imperialist war, for socialism!
- The Communist and Workers’ Parties signing this Joint Statement are opposed to the imperialist conflict in Ukraine, which constitutes one of the consequences of the tragic situation for the peoples shaped after the overthrow of socialism and the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Both the bourgeois and the opportunist forces, which for years have fought against the USSR and recently celebrated the 30thanniversary of its dissolution, silencing the fact that the restoration of capitalism meant the dismantling of historic workers’ and people’s achievements and brought the peoples of the USSR back to the era of class exploitation and imperialist wars, are completely exposed.
- The developments in Ukraine, which are taking place in the framework of monopoly capitalism, are linked to the US, NATO, and EU plans and their intervention in the region in the context of their fierce competition with capitalist Russia for the control of the markets, raw materials, and transport networks of the country. These pursuits are concealed by imperialist powers, which are in conflict promoting their own pretexts such as “defending democracy”, “self-defence”, and one’s right to “choose their alliances”, the compliance with the UN or OSCE principles, or supposedly “fascism”, while deliberately detaching fascism from the capitalist system that gives rise to and utilizes it.
- We denounce the activity of fascist and nationalist forces in Ukraine, anti-communism and the persecution of communists, the discrimination against the Russian-speaking population, the armed attacks of the Ukrainian government against the people in Donbas. We condemn the utilization of reactionary political forces of Ukraine, including fascist groups, by the Euro-Atlantic powers for the implementation of their plans. In addition, the anti-communist rhetoric against Lenin, the Bolsheviks, and the Soviet Union to which the Russian leadership resorts to justify its own strategic plans in the region, is unacceptable. However, nothing can tarnish the enormous contribution of socialism in the Soviet Union, which was a multinational union of equal Socialist Republics.
- The decision of the Russian Federation to initially recognize the “independence” of the so-called “Peoples’ Republics” in Donbass and then to proceed to a Russian military intervention, which is taking place under the pretext of Russia’s “self-defence”, the “demilitarization” and “defascistization” of Ukraine, was not made to protect the people of the region or peace but to promote the interests of Russian monopolies in Ukrainian territory and their fierce competition with Western monopolies. We express our solidarity with the communists and the peoples of Russia and Ukraine and we stand on their side to strengthen the struggle against nationalism, which is fostered by each bourgeoisie. The peoples of both countries, who lived in peace and jointly thrived in the framework of the USSR, as well as all other peoples have no interest in siding with one or another imperialist or alliance that serves the interests of the monopolies.
- We highlight that the illusions fostered by bourgeois forces claiming that there could be a “better security architecture” in Europe by EU intervention, NATO “without military plans and aggressive weapon systems in its territory”, a “pro-peace EU”, or a “peaceful multi-polar world”, etc are highly dangerous. All these assumptions have nothing to do with reality and are misleading for the anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist struggle, seeking to cultivate the perception that “peaceful imperialism” may exist. However, the truth is that NATO and the EU, like any capitalist transnational union, are predatory alliances with a deeply reactionary nature that cannot become pro-people and will continue to act against workers’ and people’s rights and the peoples; that capitalism goes hand in hand with imperialist wars.
- We call on the peoples of the countries whose governments are involved in the developments, especially through NATO and the EU but also Russia, to struggle against the propaganda of the bourgeois forces that lure the people to the meat grinder of imperialist war using various spurious pretexts. To demand the closure of military bases, the return home of troops from missions abroad, to strengthen the struggle for the disengagement of the countries from imperialist plans and alliances such as NATO and the EU.
- The interest of the working class and the popular strata requires us to strengthen the class criterion for analyzing the developments, to chart our own independent path against monopolies and bourgeois classes, for the overthrow of capitalism, for the strengthening of the class struggle against imperialist war, for socialism, which remains as timely and necessary as ever.
Communist and Workers Parties signing the Joint Statement
Algerian Party for Democracy and Socialism
Communist Party of Azerbaijan
Party of Labour of Austria
Communist Party of Bangladesh
Communist Party of Belgium
Movement “Che Guevara” (Union of Communists in Bulgaria)
Communist Party of Canada
Communist Party in Denmark
Communist Party of El Salvador
Communist Party of Finland
Communist Revolutionary Party of France (PCRF)
Communist Party of Greece
Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq
Workers Party of Ireland
Communist Front (Italy)
Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
Socialist Party of Latvia
Communist Party of Malta
Communist Party of Mexico
New Communist Party of the Netherlands
Communist Party of Norway
Palestinian Communist Party
Communist Party of Pakistan
Paraguayan Communist Party
Peruvian Communist Party
Philippines Communist Party [PKP 1930]
Communist Party of Poland
Romanian Socialist Party
South African Communist Party
Communist Party of the Workers of Spain
Sudanese Communist Party
Communist Party of Swaziland
Communist Party of Sweden
Swiss Communist Party
Syrian Communist Party
Communist Party of Turkey
Union of Communists of Ukraine
Communist Youth Organisations signing the Joint Statement
Youth Section of the Party of Labour of Austria
Young Communists of Belgium
Communist Youth of Bolivia
Communist Youth Union, Czech Republic
Communist Youth of Denmark
Communist Youth of the Communist Workers’ Party, Finland
Union of Communist Youth, France
Communist Youth of Greece
Communist Youth of Guatemala
Connolly Youth Movement, Ireland
Workers Party Youth, Ireland
Front of the Communist Youth, Italy
Front of the Communist Youth, Mexico
Communist Youth Movement, Netherlands
Democratic Students Federation, Pakistan
Democratic Youth Front, Pakistan
Paraguayan Communist Youth
Union of Socialist Youth, Romania
Revolutionary Communist Youth League (Bolsheviks), Russia
Collectives of Young Communists, Spain
Socialist Youth Union, Sri Lanka
Communist Youth of Sweden
Leninist Communist Youth Union of Tajikistan
Communist Youth of Turkey
League of Young Communists USA
Communist Youth of Venezuela