Russian Communist Workers Party (Bolshevik) and Communist Party of Greece Statements on Ukraine Events

Editor Team’s notes: This statement is from the RWCP(b) and was translated from Russian. The League of Young Communists USA follows the Party of Communists USA statements and decisions.

On the armed phase of the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine

Statement of the Political Council of the Central Committee of the RKRP-CPSU

In our analysis and conclusions in these specific historical conditions, we rely on the analysis already made in the course of the development of the situation, incl. at a conference with the communists of Donbass, Ukraine, Russia in November 2019 in Lugansk. 

Once again, returning to the fact of recognition of the republics of Donbass, we note that although it happened late, much later than it should have, but better late than never. The RCWP not only supported this step from the very beginning of the proclamation of these republics, but also demanded that the bourgeois authorities of the Russian Federation take this step as help in confronting the people’s republics of Donbass against fascist aggression by the Kiev Nazis.  

Of course, the goals of the military intervention of the Russian Federation by the authorities and Putin are only declared as humanitarian – saving people from the reprisals of the Nazis. In fact, the source of the conflict is the inter-imperialist contradictions between the US, the EU and Russia, in which Ukraine is drawn. The goal of the most powerful US imperialism in the world is to weaken the Russian competitor and expand its influence in the European market space. Why did they purposefully work to pit not only the authorities, but also the peoples of Russia and Ukraine. To this end, imperialism even went so far as to encourage the revival and use for punitive purposes of ordinary fascism of the Bandera model of 1941-45. The imperialists are fulfilling their tasks – the conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine has entered a hot phase, and this suits them perfectly. No wonder the heads of the United States and England have already stated that they are not going to participate in the war with their armed forces. Let parts of the once united Soviet people fight among themselves.       

By and large, i.e. from class positions, the Russian authorities, as well as the rulers of the US and the EU, do not care deeply about the working people – and Donbass, and Russia, and Ukraine. We have no doubts that the true aims of the Russian state in this war are quite imperialistic – to strengthen the position of imperialist Russia in world market competition. But, since this struggle today to some extent helps the people of Donbass to repulse Bandera fascism, the communists in this part of it do not deny, but allow and support as much as it is waged against fascism in the Donbass and Ukraine. And they categorically oppose the actions of their government, when, under the cover of the fight against fascism, the issues of expansion and strengthening of Russian imperialism and its allies will be resolved.

As long as Russia’s armed intervention helps save people in the Donbass from reprisals by punishers, we will not oppose this goal. In particular, we consider it acceptable if, due to circumstances, it is necessary to use force against the fascist Kiev regime, insofar as this will be in the interests of the working people.

At the same time, of course, the possibility of the military campaign of assistance to the Donbass from Russia, led by the anti-Soviet Putin, developing into a truly completely predatory war, when, under the pretext of helping the Donbass, the Russian authorities begin to resolve their issues, and the troops simply begin to occupy other regions of Ukraine, is not ruled out. We will regard this as a war of conquest, imperialism, and we will not support either one or the other imperialist. In any case, it will not be the masters who die on both sides, but the workers. To die for brothers in the class is worthy. And to die and kill for the interests of the masters is stupid, criminal and unacceptable.

In any case, we firmly reaffirm our common position with the communists of Donbass and Ukraine: to put an end to fratricidal conflicts, to the relapses of fascism, to the threat of a local war escalating into a full-scale world war, is possible only on the path of socialism. The common struggle of the working people against the bourgeoisie of all countries is the main strategic line of our parties.

Proletarians of all countries – unite!   

 February 24, 2022

Statement on Russian invasion of Ukraine

The press service of the Central Committee of the KKE issued the following statement regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

“Thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the overthrow of socialism, over which many triumphed, claiming that it would make the world more “peaceful” and “safer”, another imperialist war broke out on European soil after the war in Yugoslavia and in other parts of the world. .

The formal start of the war is an unacceptable Russian military intervention and invasion of Ukraine, but explosive material has long been gradually accumulating in the region.

Regardless of the pretexts used by both sides, the war in Ukraine is the result of an exacerbation of contradictions between the two fighting camps, at the epicenter of which are primarily spheres of influence, market shares, raw materials, energy projects and transport routes, contradictions that can no longer be resolved by diplomatic and political means and fragile compromises.

On the one hand, there are the USA, NATO, the EU, which support the reactionary government of Kyiv, paramilitary mechanisms and fascist groups of Ukraine and have long been advancing their positions (NATO expansion through the countries of Eastern Europe, anti-missile shield, etc.) with the aim of economic, political and military encirclement of Russia .

On the other side is capitalist Russia, which is promoting its own plans for the capitalist unification of the countries of the former USSR, which went a few years ago to annex Crimea to the Russian Federation, and recently to recognize the “independence” of the so-called Donetsk, Luhansk “people’s republics”.

This is a confirmation that war is the continuation of the same policy by other violent means. This is proof that the imperialist war and the death and destruction it leads to become inevitable as a result of capitalist competition.

A military clash is going on between two countries, Russia and Ukraine, whose peoples have lived peacefully for decades, like brothers, under socialism. Both sides are trying to erase this historical memory of the two peoples, resorting to anti-communism and anti-Sovietism. However, history cannot be erased, on the contrary, it shows that the way out of the situation is in the struggle against the capitalist system that breeds poverty and war. Today, these peoples, all peoples must take this path.

Today’s military confrontation is already leading to a war of unpredictable proportions, which is increasingly associated with a common confrontation (USA-EU-China-Russia, etc.) for primacy in the imperialist system. Once again, the peoples of the countries involved in the war, as well as other countries, are the victims, as the economic and geopolitical consequences of this clash affect the peoples of the whole world.

Greece is actively participating in this imperialist competition in order to increase the geostrategic role of the Greek bourgeoisie, which is nothing but its participation in the plundering of other countries and the division of the “pie” that occurs by committing new crimes against peoples.

The Greek governments of ND, PASOK, SYRIZA supported all NATO decisions and plans to expand this criminal organization and encircle Russia. They have begun to deploy new US-NATO military bases in the country, such as, for example, the base in Alexandroupolis, which has become a hub for the transfer and advancement of military forces to Eastern Europe. Thus, our country becomes the “executioner” of other peoples, but at the same time it can also become a “victim”, as it automatically becomes the target of possible retaliatory strikes, which Russia has already warned about, referring to the base in Alexandroupolis and other military bases. At the same time, it is already paying a heavy price for the high cost, rising fuel prices, energy poverty, and weapons. In addition, the appetites of the Turkish bourgeoisie are inflamed,

It is in the interests of our people that our people and country do not make a choice in favor of this or that imperialist pole. There should not be a dilemma – the US or Russia, NATO or Russia. The workers’ people’s struggle must draw an independent line away from all bourgeois and imperialist plans.

In the face of a new crime, there can be only one answer: no to imperialist war. Only the peoples can condemn the bourgeoisie and the governments of their countries, who are leading them to slaughter, both in the Ukraine and in Russia, everywhere. Immediately stop the participation and involvement of Greece in the war. Immediately close the US-NATO military bases in our country. To intensify the struggle for withdrawal from the imperialist alliances – NATO and the EU, so that the people become the masters of their country.