Ukraine

5 key questions to understand how far the war will go in Ukraine

27 April, 2022 · Ukraine · Germany · Russia · USA

Ruins of Novotoshkivske in Lugansk after the latest fighting.
Ruins of Novotoshkivske in Lugansk after the latest fighting.

The war in Ukraine is at a standstill. Not so the count of deaths and atrocities committed by both sides. And yet, the US bet, according to its leaders, is to prolong the war until Russia collapses and the whole South and East of Ukraine become nothing more than a gigantic wreck. But the war and its consequences are not confined to the Ukrainian borders. A great snowball of contradictory imperialist interests is underway. And only we workers have a real interest in stopping it.

The “railroad war”: workers from both blocs wage war against the war

19 April, 2022 · Europe · Belarus · Greece · Italy · Russia · Ukraine

Railroad war. US tank stranded in Greece due to railwaymen's action.
Railroad war. US tank stranded in Greece due to railwaymen's action.

The so-called “railroad war” is not limited to actions of workers in the Russian bloc or even railroad workers: trains and planes loaded with tanks and arms shipments have been stopped by workers in the US bloc…. Although naturally the European press has reported only marginally about it.

The “John Deere brigade” war meme: from romanticism to class reality

13 March, 2022 · Ukraine · Critique of ideology

John Deere, a symbol of war propaganda
John Deere, a symbol of war propaganda

The media continue to broadcast patriotic scenes of the war in Ukraine. One of the latest is the “John Deere Brigade”, a supposedly heartwarming scene where Ukrainian farmers are resisting the invasion by towing abandoned Russian armored vehicles towards Ukrainian forces. All of this while turning the brand new green John Deere tractors into a patriotic “symbol” garnished with light blue-yellow backgrounds and flags. But the war does not mean the same thing to the different social classes.

The false “internationalism” of the ruling classes and their media

4 March, 2022 · Ukraine · Russia

Russian soldiers captured by a Ukrainian paramilitary group.
Russian soldiers captured by a Ukrainian paramilitary group.

The invisibilization of resistance against war and militarism on both sides of the front, as well as the media support for the Ukrainian “international legion”, clearly shows what the “internationalism” of the ruling classes and their spokesmen all over the world is all about.

War, a circular industry

3 March, 2022 · Ukraine · Russia

The capitalist war is, on the ground, an industrial competition whose primary product is the mass production of corpses from the same workers it employs. A “circular industry” indeed.

Saving private Biden

17 February, 2022 · Russia · Ukraine · USA

Russian Tanks in Belarus
Russian Tanks in Belarus

The Russian army announced the staggered end of the ongoing maneuvers from the Mediterranean to Belarus. But according to the American press, the invasion of Ukraine is still imminent while tension keeps growing, in fact there would be 7,000 more Russian troops on the ground and therefore the NATO deployment would have to be reinforced and extended. But France and Germany are already doing something else, openly contradicting this discourse, incorporating China and placing themselves at the antipodes of US propaganda whose real objectives seem to be to “save Private Biden” within the US and to forcefully change the European energy matrix.

U.S. rings alarm bells for war with Russia as its ranks become more fragile

12 February, 2022 · Global situation · European Union · Ukraine · USA

Joseph Biden
Joseph Biden

Last week, Macron took the lead in talks with Russia to the chagrin of Putin as much as Biden; Scholz went in person to Washington to stage his resistance to the closure of NordStream 2 at the White House itself; and on his return, both co-opted and negotiated the Polish position, finally allowing the EU to break NATO’s monolithic stance. Biden, plummeting in the US polls, responded by raising the tone and asserting the imminence of a Russian invasion. But a glance at the world press makes it clear that outside AUKUS, the US is encountering increasing resistance from its former allies around the world, from South Africa to Argentina.

Are we days away from an invasion of Ukraine?

19 January, 2022 · Global situation · Ukraine

Russian soldiers arrive in Belarus yesterday.
Russian soldiers arrive in Belarus yesterday.

Russia is tdeploying troops, fighter planes and S-400 missiles to Belarus and bringing amphibious units to the Baltic. The German press is pushing its government to organize conscription if war breaks out. And while a new meeting of US and Russian foreign ministers is being prepared for Friday in Geneva, US discourse insists on presenting the invasion of Ukraine as imminent. Are we just a few days away from a new imperialist war in Europe?

Strikes in the Donbass on both sides of the front point to an alternative to war

19 April, 2021 · Ukraine

Russia mobilizes its troops on the Ukrainian border and launches with the US and EU a new exchange of armed threats. Meanwhile, strikes break out in the Donbass on both sides of the front. The only real alternative to a new slaughter will not come from a Putin-Biden deal to share out plunder, but from extending and uniting struggles across borders and armed fronts. Strikes in the Donbass lead the the way.