Monday, August 25, 2014

Ukraine : We have replaced a Thief with a Murderer - Viktoria Shilova - Stop the War on the People of Donbass

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Democracy and Class Struggle says Viktoria Shilova who was a member of pro European Radical Party of Ukraine but has been expelled.
She is a member of the the Dnipropetrovsk City Council, and demands Poroshenko govt to stop civil war. 
Leaks actual number of war casualties.

So, do Ukrainian people want war?
Please ask yourself this question first. Do you want war? Do you want innocent people to die? Do you want your relatives, family members, kids, husband or wife, your grandmother or grandfather to be killed? I’m one hundred per cent sure that your answer is NO.
Then what, for the past 4 months, has happened in Ukraine? I call it a civil war, definitely not any anti-terror operation. In my eyes, only swat teams or anti-terror units could perform an anti-terror operation. How could be possible living over eight million terrorist in Donbass?
Eight million terrorists, on its (own Ukrainian) soil, that is what Poroshenko is calling. Including infants and elderly people. What do you think, can a disabled person fire an anti-air defence system? Or may be it is an infant, like Egor Aleksandrov, who got killed in his mother’s arms. Simply killed near Kramatorsk city, was he holding a gun? Of course not.
Today the murderers are in our government.
We, the Ukranian People, replaced Yanukovich-the-thief (the former president) with Poroshenko the killer! And today, our government think that the majority of Ukrainian people are brainwashed by the propaganda of the national television. I would like to disappoint them: the latest independent social poll [show that] 75% of the Ukrainian people are against the war.
Most of them are afraid to say their opinion in public, because they could be imprisoned, interrogated, kidnapped or even killed Anything can happen in Ukraine today, because we replaced thieves with killers!
So, what happens in Donbass? 8 million people are under fire; they call me a terrorist, but what they will say of what the Ukranian soldiers from the 72nd, 79th and 24th brigades are doing, when they come back? What does Nadezhda Savchenko say? Right, she says that in Donbass do live the same Ukrainians, our brothers, same people that live in Lviv, in Ivano-Frankovsk and in Kiev, and they are definitely not terrorists!
They are rebels, miners, and our citizens. But of course this is not shown on our national TV. Just because all these TV channels are owned by oligarchs! All of our national TV is owned by our biggest enemy-oligarchs.
And the oligarchs?
They are bloodsuckers. Like vampires, they suck our blood, the blood of Ukraine’s people.
For 23 years they have sucked our soul, but it is not enough for them. And now from virtual bloodsucking they have come tosuck real blood, the blood of our children in Donbass, the blood of our mothers and sisters, of our sons, husbands and wives.
On the real number of casualties in the Ukraine war:
Do you know what are the real numbers of killed civilians? I will tell you. And it is the truth. There are about 6,000 civilians killed. Everyday about 170 to 200 people are being killed. The Ukrainian army is killing them with 122mm multiple rocket launchers, just because they are being told they are fighting Russian terrorists. Just because so were told by Porosenko and the national TV.
But as time passes our army realizes what it is really happening in Donbass. And everybody who has experienced the bloody war is now starting to tell the truth; against Poroshenko. They say that in Donbass they confront Ukranian people. They say that we should start negotiations. We should stop this bloody civil war.
And now. Let’s talk about casualties in the Ukrainian army:
It is about 11,000 lost soldiers. It can be proved by hacked e-mail of the Ukrainian ministry of defence. And about 19,000 if we count lost and injured soldiers.
Injured that are in hospital; but what about injured that were left behind?
And what about others, who say the truth, and being sent to mental hospitals?
Ukrainians, Ukrainian people around the world: I beg you to break the Ukrainian propaganda.
My heart suffers for people from Lviv, Drobovoche, Lugansk and Donetsk.
But today my heart hurts for people of Donetsk and Lugansk. Because children are being killed there.
And now mothers, I ask you, what would you say to this new president if your house is ruined, or worse, if your children were killed?
Would you support him? Of course not. That’s why his support is falling down, and it will continue to fall, because he is covered in blood.
And when deaths of innocent people are higher than 22,000 – including the army’s – it is impossible to hide the truth. The truth is coming out by itself and that is why we start to see a different point of view. Not only in Russia, but as well in Europe and USA. German journalists, British, Italian, and French are protesting against the war in Donbass, againts Poroshenko – who kills his own people. So what did we do, and what I, Viktoria Shilova, did? We prepared document and gave it to the best independent lawyers in Ukraine, for them to address this matter upon our courts. And do you know what is written there?
We demand to be ruled that it is unconstitutional to perform the so-called anti-terror operation in Donbass. We demand to prosecute the people who are involved in breaking our constitution; the members of the Ukrainian Parliament who unlawfully voted in congress. They, unlawfully, approved the petitions signed by Poroshenko on the so called anti-terror operation. This constitutes unlawfully use of the Ukrainian Army against the civilian population of Ukraine.
We don’t have war. We have not officially declared martial war. Since the Martial law is not officially in effect, how could you use Ukrainian army on the territory of Donbass? Unlawful use of military reserve. And by the constitution, any Ukrainian citizen can defend himself against any aggression, protect his life.
An army cannot harm its own citizens on its soil. And it is written in our constitution. Please open this golden book, the constitution book, and see for yourself. But unfortunately we replaced the government of thieves with the government of murderers. And now blood spills all over in our country, Ukraine.
I’m addressing to all people of Ukraine.
To all who respect Bogdan Hmelnickiy, Taras Shevchenko, and to all who remember the Yellow-Blue flag created by Grushevskiy. I’m addressing to all the 75 per cent of Ukrainians who are against the war, who are for peace:
We should unite and demand the new elected government to respect the law and the constitution.
Stop the so-called anti-terror operation, the bloody civil war. And start negotiating. Do provide humanitarian aid; do help people survive the catastrophe.
To those fighting along with Poroshenko:
Why are you fighting along with Poroshenko against children of Donbass?
You can’t do it, for you will be prosecuted. People pay the price for these inhuman errors. Hague tribunal is waiting for you. That’s why our army wouldn’t listen to you anymore. And that’s why military mobilization doesn’t help you anymore. Day by day, people realize and find the truth, they don’t want to be part of your murders.
[I have changed syntaxes in the whole following paragraph, following Viktoria Shilova’s direct addressing in section above].
To the oligarchs:
You, who accumulate your capital everyday, started this war. You are the one who need this war, because then you can blame war for the economic crisis, for all what really started the war. Ukraine is in bloodshed now, thanks to you.
But Ukrainian people are against the war. Ukrainians don’t want the war.
But we want peace.


Please, let’s unite.

Let’s protest against this war. Let us be heard, just like during the Vietnam War.

How long will you be bombing us? How long will you be shooting at us?
How long?
We are being bombed for months.
Please stop this! I cannot believe that you don’t have any kindness in you.
Are you not human?
What are you doing? Shooting, bombing on us?

Ukraine: Lugansk Workers Strike Of 1916 - Solidarity with Lugansk Workers Front in 2014

A general strike of the workers of Lugansk; one of the largest economic strikes in Russia during World War I (1914-18). 

It was organized (from April 1916) by a strike committee (headed by T. F. Rudenko, chairman of the trade union of the Gartman Locomotive Works) that included representatives of the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks. 

On May 26, 3,000 workers at the Gartman plant stopped work. 

By July 5, 5,000 workers at that plant and about 7,000 workers at the Ammunition Factory were striking. 

The strikers demanded higher wages, a nine-hour work day, the protection of labor, and improved medical care.

On July 9-10, workers of the railroad shops and other enterprises 

(as many as 15,000 in all) went out on strike, and the Lugansk strike became general. 

On July 22, it was suppressed; some of the strike leaders were arrested,trade unions were proscribed, and many workers were sent to the army at the front.


Kir’ianov, lu. I. Rabochie luga Rossii: 1914—fevr. 1917 g. Moscow, 1971. Pages 258-62.

Democracy and Class Struggle has just heard that the Lugansk Workers Front Builiding has been destroyed by Kiev Junta rockets.

This reminded us of the heroic struggle of Lugansk workers during the First World War has we are now remembering its 100 Anniversary.

Solidarity with the working class of Lugansk.

The Oligarchs are the Warmongers not the Peace makers

Make Class Struggle the principal struggle 

Long Live Marxism Leninism Maoism 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Michael Ratner: A recent release by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange shows brutal depths of Israeli policy towards GazA

The Powers Behind the Islamic State by Nafeez Ahmed

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Donetsk 2014 and Moscow 1944 : Captured Ukrainian Soliders and Far Right Volunteers paraded before the People :

And now in Donetsk - the parade of captive Ukrainian soldiers and far-right volunteers. The crowd is chanting "Fascists". The symbolism is like that of the 1944 parade of captured Nazis - the streets should be washed and cleaned after Nazis walked there

Democracy and Class Struggle supports the call of  Communist Militiamen

"If we raise the red banner, we will win this war." 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Ukraine: Red militia fighter 'Artem': 'We did not go to war, the war came to us!'

A militiaman with the call sign "Artem" is my old comrade from Union Borotba (Struggle). 
Before the war, he organized working-class youth of Donbass in the struggle against fascism and capitalism, and built a local cell organization. 
When the war started, he could not stand aside and joined the ranks of the militia. Now "Artem" is wounded in the hospital and I was able to talk to him. 

Comrade, tell me how you got into the militia? 

When the events began on Maidan Square, I had a feeling that this time the rightist opposition had reached a more dangerous stage. Compared with the "Orange" revolution in 2004, in 2014 there were already many organized, prepared nationalist youth with good financing. 
Ultra-nationalist groups had grown and matured. Therefore, it was a feeling brewing that this time things would reach the brink of civil war. The split in society existed before, but it was, so to speak, a moral civil war, and now the nationalists had a real opportunity to beat, maim and kill dissident people, and do it under the guise of the state. 

When I saw the death of innocent civilians, and the approving mood of a few local "pro-Ukrainian" patriots, I realized that we all had to choose. 

We were stuck with only one solution to deal with the situation. 

In this situation, I just went out and started helping the militia. 

In which militia formation do you fight? 

Joint Army of the South-East.

What kind of combat tasks have you performed?
Let it remain a military secret for now. 

Was it difficult to move from being a left activist in peaceful conditions to the life of a fighter? 

It was hard to understand what was happening and to build a system that explains the essence of the war. It became very easy when immediately in Lugansk I met communists who refused to obey the decisions of the Communist Party of Ukraine and boldly embarked on the path of struggle. 

And among some of the soldiers I felt the spirit of Donbass, which has always gravitated to the fight against the rich, toward socialism. 

In the Lugansk People’s Republic (LC) it is very noticeable. 
And the peaceful life was in fact not entirely peaceful. I have painful memories of the nationalists who roamed the streets of Donetsk and Lugansk (for example, football ultras) – how we struggled to open people's eyes to the looming threat of the establishment of the nationalist regime. 

The war was already going on, the prologue to the war, if you like. 

The people badly want to get back to a peaceful life, to create a new young country with their own hands. 

How were you injured? 

During the shelling of the hero-city of Lugansk by heavy artillery. The militia not only fight on the front lines, they also have a responsibility to protect the civilian population as much as possible during the shelling, even at the cost of their own lives. People are already largely used to it, but there is still confusion, disorganization. Previously, we did not think that punitive volleys in residential areas were random, and now there is no doubt. Therefore people in Lugansk have become more disciplined. 

How do you assess the prospects of military operations in the Donbass? 

If you look at the chronology of the conflict from the very beginning, you’ll see how the militias grew and got stronger. However, the forces are unequal so far. But we have one more ally, no less important and dangerous to the enemy. Bolsheviks understand the importance of this. This ally is agitation against the war among Ukrainian soldiers. 
The Bolsheviks campaigned this way against the imperialist war exactly 100 years ago. 
If more and more Ukrainians, who are fighting for the interests of the Ukrainian and Western capitalists, refuse to fight or organize their soldiers' committees against the war, the case will be decided. 
And this trend is already apparent.
There are two possibilities. Either Ukrainian troops will completely raze Donbass to the ground and spill its blood, or a radical change will happen, and we will overthrow the executioners outside the young republics. 
You see, peace is no longer possible in Donbass under the rule of the junta. If the militia is defeated, a period of reaction will begin, with direct genocide and terror against the population. 
And the local "snitches" help with this. 
Can you imagine a single state of Yugoslavia, after an all-out war? It's impossible. Only in comparison with the Yugoslav carnage, we have no hatred in relation to any particular nationality. 
If the executioners controlled Donbass, they would have to constantly keep military units here and sleep with their guns.
Because this is not a war of the Russians against the Ukrainians. 
This is civil war, where the junta is fighting against anti-fascists. 

The Ukrainian army is no longer as weak as at the beginning of the war. How do you see the morale "from the inside" -- whether the militia can do it? Will it be possible for the People’s Republics to resist? 

The militia can handle it, because now the militia is not only the fighters, but also the rest of the nation. Subconsciously, almost everyone has mobilized themselves to fight. Any little thing can be an invaluable help, every detail is a common struggle of the people. Without people’s support, nothing would have happened. People no longer want to live in the old way. People really want peace and tranquility, but all of them are starting to realize that the Ukrainian government will offer nothing but terror and poverty. 

Is it possible to go on the offensive?

There will be a counterattack, but not as soon as everyone wants it. We also want it. The defensive tactic angers many. We need more time. 

You were an active participant in the AntiMaidan movement, a member of the leftist organization Borotba, which is de facto outlawed by the Ukrainian authorities. Now the city where you lived with your family is occupied by the troops of the Kiev junta. Is there any danger to your relatives and friends? Have they stayed there or left? 

Naturally, I moved my relative earlier. My uncle stayed and helps the common struggle. Some comrades left, but many remained. 

In the media there are quite a few stories about how the locals in Donbass think badly of the militia and do not support it. Allegedly, most of the militias are foreign fighters from Russia, Chechens, Ossetians, etc. What do you think, is there any truth to these claims? 

On this subject, I would like to give a more detailed response. For residents of Donbass it’s different. It's a civil war. 

The vast majority, of course, offer all possible help, or passively support us. 

An example is the reaction of the population to the appearance of LC columns in a particular city. 

People wave their hands and shout words of gratitude to the militia, and so on. 

Many grandmother baptize passing militias. In general, there is a sense of unity with the people. It’s all for one and one for all. But there is a small number of "protsentik", those who are waiting for their chance to pass their neighbors into the hands of the Ukrainian secret police, as they do in Mariupol.

There are also "protsentik" who simply do not care, as long as someone has already opened an ATM in the village. 
Generally, the mood of people in Donbass is radicalized. People are eager to punish informers. But the militia, of course, attempts to thwart any vigilante justice. 

About international's in the militia. Yes, there are different people. Ossetians, Chechens, Russians and Ukrainians. 
We are all internationalists and we are very proud of it. Because if, god forbid, one of the brothers was in trouble at home, the same Russians, Ukrainians, Serbs and Ossetians, for example, would come to help him. This is the essence of internationalism. 
The backbone of the militia are local youths and men. 
Even my grandfather, a veteran of the war, wanted to join. We have always been very peaceful people in the Donbass. In the course of this war, many have become warriors, who know how to defend their land and their ideas. 

Therefore the Donbass people will not surrender, even in the capitals are taken. 

The fight will not end until the Donbass wins its independence. 

Yes, there are internationalists, not mercenaries. They are at home. ‘How is this?’ you ask. Simple. Donbass is a cradle of nations. There are many nationalities here. 

For the Serbs, there are only a few areas historically inhabited by them. 

Whoever comes from anywhere in the world will find a home here. 

After that, they would never be able to forget the Donbass. 

We are all donbassovtsy. As we sometimes say -- we are all different, but we are all red. [smiles]

What prevents residents of Donbass from joining the militia en masse and protecting their land? 

In my opinion, it is the lack of a clear ideological line that people would understand. This and fear of losing a mug of beer in the evenings or perishing under the fire of "Grad" artillery. 

But there is a clear idea of how the Bolsheviks, for example, would be different. Well, people used to live from election to election, to choose between the Eastern and Western oligarchs. 
Nobody expected the war, and there were no organizations that have the type of combat committees in each village that would be ready for such an eventuality.
 We are not living at the beginning of the 20th century, but at the beginning of the 21st century. Therefore, to meet the challenges of the time, we need another way. It is important to find this answer, to be sure it is correct.  

The recent “Communist militiamen” statement fully responds to many questions and, I think, reflects the opinions of the majority of the militia fighters.
Yes, from the very beginning we were fighting against the raging "Ukrainian nationalists” and neo-Nazism. 

Moreover, I understand it is the ideology of a notorious group, which is led by puppeteers, and not by ordinary Ukrainians -- our brothers and sisters. Ukrainians who oppose the junta are many, but they are afraid and they do not have self-organization. 

The frightening event in Odessa on May 2 that killed my comrades temporarily helped the junta smother protests outside the Donbass. 

My answer is the closing words of the “Communist militiamen”: "If we raise the red banner, we will win this war." 

And, I might add, help our Ukrainian brothers strangle the fascist vermin, by giving them inspiration to build a Ukraine without fascism. I

f they now feel that they can fight the war machine, we now understand not only what we are fighting against, but also what we are fighting for. 

This is the key that will open the minds of many of our countrymen, who will rise to fight, I'm sure. 

How do you see the future of Ukraine if Donbass wins? 

I believe that Ukraine must come to socialism without Donbass. We can be strong allies. But Ukrainians will only be able to eradicate Bandera ideology and find a way to socialism when they stop scapegoating Donbass as a "Soviet monster" which "occupied the whole country." 

Banderaist hysteria is always a heated incitement to hatred between East and West. 

Without Donbass, the Banderaists will quickly eat themselves, because they cannot do anything for the "prosperity of the nation," and they will not be able to point at “outsiders” to blame. 

Then in Western Ukraine may arise a “Lviv movement," then the Banderaists will die. 

The right to self-determination -- this is a common right of the people, the same as the right to choose one or another city to live in. 

Many people say that the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and LC is a "white project," led by monarchists, Russian nationalists and similar forces. You, as a communist and internationalist, stayed in the People’s Republic. Do you think there is any reason for the left to support Novorossya? Does the left have a strong position in the leadership of the republic? Are there many leftists in the militia among the rank-and-file fighters and commanders? 

This is probably the central question. At the beginning, the men went to defend their homes and families, without thinking seriously about ideology. Moreover, then it was virtually impossible to raise the struggle for power to the Soviets with people.
Even though almost all are, internally, at least, socialists. I mean as an "ideal" of Donbass residents, which they would like to bring to everyday life. 
Even at the level of conversation at the bar. 

In the LC, there are many militia fighters who consider themselves communists and internationalists. 
I also note the role of the Workers' Front of Lugansk (formerly the regional committee of the Communist Party), whose members refused to obey the “official leadership” of the Party and openly supported the Republic.
Therefore, they were renamed. There are anarcho-communists who were upset that their "brothers" in Kiev colluded with neo-Nazi and excitedly began to help them kill our compatriots. Many are not in organizations, but simply position themselves as communists and internationalists. Here in the cauldron, no one even thinks of what each person’s organization is – you are a Communist and that’s it. 
There’s no nationalism in the LC. Don Cossacks are collaborating with Communists. 
Most of the Cossacks I have met are more like those who fought for the Don Soviet Republic. 
Some who call themselves Antifa can only remember the presence of the Russian tricolor. This episode explains a lot. 

People rose up against the threat of Ukrainian nationalism, and sought allies against armed radicals. Russia has always been a "mother" here, like it or not. 
Therefore, the Russian flag was raised. But the anti-fascist label symbolizes a second side, the inner essence of the peoples of Donbass -- not any form of nationalism but internationalism and anti-fascism. 

Among the commanders, none has openly stated “I am a Communist.” But they often talk about their internationalist convictions and anti-fascist views. For example, Alexander Mozgovoi, the "Ghost" battalion commander who has repeatedly spoken openly about the struggle against the oligarchs for the interests of the people, proved his words with deeds. 
There is no "white project" because it would be totally disastrous for Donbass. 
Historically the workers fought against the whites and fully supported the Soviet power. Mentally, all are "red" and not "white.” 

War brings the people together, awakens their historical memory, and then class interests. 

In conclusion I would like to say that it is not sectarianism, but the dialectic, that helps internationalists understand the essence of the situation, to see beyond bizarre forms to the true content, and to make the right choice, even if it’s tough. 
And I might add: Comrades, compatriots -- Remember that your ancestors shed blood on this earth for the victory of the proletariat, remember that modern Donbass was built by incredible efforts of the working class, remember the victory over the Nazis. 

Donbass is a real monument to socialist construction. Remember who you are. 
Stay true to yourselves Glory to the Donbass and international solidarity of the workers!

Interview by Victor Shapinov