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The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain


by our Eastern European Affairs correspondent

RUSSIAN missiles have rocked Ukraine this week to avenge the bombing of the Crimea Bridge that killed three people and caused a partial collapse of the main road and rail link between Crimea and the Russian mainland. Eight saboteurs have been arrested over the explosion last Saturday that the Russians say was organised by Ukrainian intelligence.

Two days after the terrorist attack Vladimir Putin told the Russian Security Council that Ukrainian energy, military command, and communications facilities in different parts of the country had been hit with precision-guided weapons. He said the crimes committed by the Kiev regime against Russia’s civilian infrastructure. like the attack on the Crimean bridge, the attempts to blow up one of the sections of the TurkStream gas pipeline, and the efforts by Ukraine’s security services to target Russia’s Kursk nuclear plant, could not be left unanswered.

Hundreds of Russian cruise missiles and drones have hit targets in Ukraine including military and energy infrastructure facilities, as well as decision making centres in the capital, Kiev.

Wave after wave struck Kiev and the western “capital” of Lvov as well as many other cities across Ukraine cutting off power supplies and plunging many cities into darkness. Military and railway facilities in the Ukrainian rear were singled out in order to disrupt the supply to Ukrainian troops on the front line and at least one high-ranking Ukrainian official involved in operations against Russia and the persecution of pro-Russian citizens was killed in the air raids.

Thermal power plants and substations were damaged. So far, some regions of the country remain cut off from the electricity supply. But not a single blow was inflicted on high voltage strategic facilities or Ukraine’s nuclear and hydro power plants. The attack was not aimed at the destruction of the Ukrainian energy system but at causing limited damage to it. And it did forcing Ukraine to stop exporting electricity to Western Europe in order to stabilize its own energy system.

In Moscow Russian communist leader Gennady Zyugnov says “Everything for the front, everything for victory!” in a call to the people to mobilise in these difficult times and to the Putin government to set up Soviet-style Supreme Command and State Defence committees. The leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) is also calling for the nationalisation of key industries and strategic enterprises and the introduction of a progressive tax on incomes.

Nationalisation and a progressive income tax would put significant additional funds into the hands of the state. Nationalisation will also allow for much more centralised management of the economy, which is crucial in the current situation. In addition, these measures will have an extremely positive effect on the mood of society, will contribute to its consolidation.

This was stressed on Russian TV by one of Zyuganov’s deputies this week. Yuri Afonin, a member of the Russian parliament, said that while some oligarchs are supporting the war effort most are continuing to move their assets to the West and some are even directing their money to the Kiev regime. That’s why progressive income tax was needed to make them pay for the defence of the country.

The values of social justice, collectivism and mutual assistance remain strong in Russian society. “We need to rely on them, we need to leave in the past everything that prevented us from developing,”he said. “Today we are passing the most important point in the history of our country. It gives us a chance to move forward in the economy, in social policy, to strengthen our defence capability!”