New Communist Party of Britain


An anti-imperialist position on the crisis in Ukraine

Odessa Solidarity Campaign Joint Statement - December, 2022

The war in Ukraine is raging on with no end in sight. People are suffering, and fears are rising that the conflict could widen and even involve nuclear weapons. Many well-meaning people are calling for a ceasefire and negotiations.

We all want peace, but it does no good to promote solutions that don’t take into account what led up to the war in the first place.

Back in 1991, as the Soviet Union was collapsing, the U.S. government promised that NATO would not expand “one inch” eastward. But since then, all 14 new NATO members have been former Soviet states or allies. Sweden and Finland are expected to join soon. Both Georgia and Ukraine, which border Russia, have asked to join. That would complete the encirclement of Russia’s western flank. It would be as if Russia were building an anti-U.S. military alliance of all South and Central American countries and was about to admit Mexico. Obviously, the U.S. would see that as an existential threat.

When Ukraine first became an independent state in 1991, Ukraine and Russia were at peace. But in 2014, the U.S. backed a violent, right-wing coup that brought to power an anti-Russian government that openly embraced neo-Nazi, paramilitary militias hostile to Ukraine’s Russian minority.

This new situation, which included the massacre on May 2, 2014, of at least 42 anti-coup protesters in Odessa by a fascist-led mob, was seen as gravely threatening by the heavily ethnic-Russian areas of eastern and southern Ukraine. The result was Crimea voting to rejoin Russia, which it had been part of until 1954, and Donetsk and Luhansk in the Donbass region declaring themselves independent.

Then Ukraine, Russia, Donetsk and Luhansk agreed to allow those two entities to become autonomous areas within a united Ukraine. But Ukraine never implemented the terms of those Minsk Agreements, and instead carried out a military campaign to retake the separatitst region, with the loss of some 15,000 lives.

Meanwhile, since at least 2014, the U.S. and other NATO countries have carried out regular, massive joint military exercises with Ukraine – land, sea and air – right up to Russia’s borders.

In late 2021 and early 2022, President Putin of the Russian Federation offered to hold negotiations with the U.S. and NATO to discuss Russia’s security concerns, but the offer was ignored. This was before Russia recognized the independent republics in the Donbass. Subsequent Russian offers to negotiate also were rejected.

By February 2022, Ukraine was intensifying its war in the Donbass, leading Russia to intervene, with the stated purpose of defending the people of the Donbass and “demilitarizing” and “de-Nazifying” Ukraine. Whether people agree with that action or not, it was anything but “unprovoked.”

Since then, as of Sept. 18, the U.S. Department of Defense admits to providing $16.1 billion in military aid to Ukraine. Other estimates have it as high as $40 billion – not counting aid the U.S. says is coming from 50 other allied countries – ensuring that the war will continue indefinitely. What began as a conflict between Russia and Ukraine has become a proxy war by the U.S. and NATO against Russia, with Ukrainians as cannon fodder.

It isn’t necessary to endorse the Russian intervention in order to see that the real provocations for the war were the relentless eastward expansion of NATO; the U.S. support for the right-wing, anti-Russian coup of 2014; and the continuing and expanding war by Ukraine to retake the Donbass.

This being the case, we call on all peace and antiwar activists around the world to demand:

No to all U.S./NATO support for Ukraine! No to all U.S./NATO military actions in Ukraine! No to all U.S./NATO sanctions against Russia! No to NATO and all U.S. wars and occupations everywhere in the world!

Eduardo Artés – First Secretary & former presidential candidate, Chilean Communist Party (Proletarian Action), Santiago de Chile, Chile

Bahman Azad – President, U.S. Peace Council, USA

Ajamu Baraka – National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace, USA

Sinia Benigassan – Bureau d’information Alba Granada North Africa, Tunis, Tunisia

Matyas Benyik – President, ATTAC Hungary Association, Budapest, Hungary

Prof. Dr. Horst Bischoff – Deputy Chairman, ISOR e.V., Berlin, Germany

Carl Boggs – Los Angeles, California, USA

Joachim Bonatz – Deputy Chairman, ISOR e.V.; Vice President, OKV e.V., Berlin, Germany

Heinrich Buecker – Coop Anti-War Cafe; Member, German Peace Council & World Beyond War, Berlin, Germany

Melinda Butterfield – Co-Editor, Struggle-La Lucha newspaper, USA

Jose Capitan – Opcion Obrera (Workers Option), Venezuela

Dr. Dieter Dehm – Ex-Member, German Parliament; Former Member, German Bundestag; DIE LINKE, Germany

Rudolf Denner – Spokesman, Presidium, OKV e.V., Berlin, Germany

Communist Party of Australia

Georg Ehmke – Lt. Colonel aD, Werder, Germany

Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos – Maine House of Representatives, Friendship, Maine, USA

Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice, Canada

Sara Flounders – Co-Director, International Action Center, USA

Frente Unido América Latina – Berlin, Germany

Leo Gabriel – Anthropologist, Journalist & Filmmaker, Austria

Bruce Gagnon – Anti-imperialist Activist, Maine, USA

Leonid Ilderkin – Coordinating Council, Union of Political Emigrants & Political Prisoners of Ukraine, Russia

International Ukraine Anti-Fascist Solidarity – UK

Major General Manfred Jonischkies, Retired – Member, Board of ISOR e.V., Berlin, Germany

Dr. Sabine Kebir – Publicist, Lecturer, Berlin, Germany

Ulla Klötzer & Lea Launokari – Coordinators, Women for Peace, Finland

Gregory Laxer – Author, “Take This War and Shove It! A most unwilling soldier 1967-1971,” Connecticut, USA

League of Young Communists USA

Jeff Mackler – National Secretary, Socialist Action, USA

Stephen Martin – Author at Counterpunch, Edinburgh, Scotland

Savvas Matsas – Ergatiko Epanastatiko Komma (EEK – Workers Revolutionary Party), Greece

Dimitris Mizaras – Chairman, Marxist Workers’ League of Finland

Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO), Canada

New Communist Party of Britain

Agneta Norberg – Former Chair, Swedish Peace Council; Women for Peace, Sweden

Helmut Ortgies – Member, Association of Those Persecuted by the Nazi Regime, VVN/BDA, Gß Zimmern, Germany

Manuel Pardo – Frente Antiimperialista Internacionalista (Internationalist Anti-Imperialist Front), Madrid, Spain

Party of Communists USA

Stephen Phiri – Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute, Zimbabwe/South Africa

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza – Editor, Orinoco Tribune, Caracas, Venezuela

Sungur Savran – Devrimci İşçi Partisi, (DIP – Revolutionist Workers’ Party), TurkeyJochen Scholz – Lt. Col, Ret., GEAF, Berlin, Germany

SOS Ukraine Resistent, Italy

SOS Donbass, Italy

Prof. Nako Stefanov – Chairman, Bulgarian National Peace Council, Bulgaria

John Steinbach – Coordinator, Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area, USA

United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) – USA

U.S. Friends of the Soviet People

Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, USA

Phil Wilayto – Editor, The Virginia Defender

Workers Voice Socialist Movement – Louisiana, USA

plus 420 individual endorsements from peace campaigners from all over the world