Ukraine: U.S. Out Now! Remains Our Anti-Imperialist
by the UNAC Administrative Committee
[Editor's note: The
statement below was drafted by UNAC Administrative Committee member, Jeff
Mackler and approved following discussion and amendment by the March 17, 2022
meeting of UNAC Administrative Committee.]
Out Now! Hands Off! Self-determination for the World’s Poor and Oppressed! and
$Billions for Human Needs Not War! have sufficed to define UNAC’s ten years as
the nation’s leading antiwar coalition.
what about Ukraine Today? And what of the role of the US? Have we entered a new
era wherein the US imperialist behemoth has instantly transformed itself,
repudiating its bloody past to stand before us as the champion of truth,
justice and freedom? The corporate media and the bi-partisan war parties would
have us believe it. Their full throttle war propaganda ranges from blatant
falsification of history, to daily Orwellian-like media fabrications to jailing
truthtellers like WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange to banning Russian
Television (RT), including its renowned broadcaster Chris Hedges.
We in the United National
Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) offer no free pass to imperialist warmakers, who today
preside over a $trillion dollar-plus war budget that is daily bloated with its
NATO allies begging for additional $billions to make war on whomever the US
elite designate as the “enemy.” War has never been as good for military profits
rooftop fascist snipers
unfolding Ukraine tragedy began in February 2014 when rooftop fascist snipers
opened fire on Maidan protestors assembled to resist the Victor Yanukovych
government’s austerity measures. The fascists murdered 100 in cold blood,
including some of their own for good measure. Yanukovych, the elected
president, was instantly blamed and pilloried by the world’s corporate media,
paving the political road for what followed. He fled for his life.
US backed fascist
It mattered not
that US representative to the European Union, Victoria Nuland, had
inadvertently revealed that the rooftop assassins were of the fascist Svoboda
Party and Right Sector ilk and not Yanukovych’s military. The armed thugs that
had come from across Ukraine and beyond to dominate the Maidan events – replete
with US Senator John McCain sharing the stage with fascist orators and Nuland
handing out US friendship cookies to boot – were led by the fascist Svoboda
Party leader, Andriy Parubiy. They stormed the Ukrainian parliament, the Rada,
banned the two largest and majority parties from entrance, declared themselves
the new government and instantly approved a series of reactionary “laws” while
appointing themselves to head key government ministries.
The March 5, 2014 on-line British
Channel 4 news account told the story well:
“The man facing down Putin’s aggression as secretary of the Ukrainian
National Security and Defence Council is Andriy Parubiy. He oversees national
security for the nation, having previously served as [self-appointed] “security
commandant” during the anti-government protests in Kiev.” Channel 4 identified
Parubiy as a member of fascist Svoboda Party and a founder of its pro-Nazi
predecessor, the Social National Party. The British television station’s
account continued: “Overseeing the armed forces alongside Parubiy as the Deputy
Secretary of National Security is Dmytro Yarosh, the leader of the Right Sector—a group
of hardline nationalist streetfighters, who previously boasted they were ready for armed struggle
to free Ukraine.”
Other Svoboda neo-Nazis leaders
“elected” to the top echelons of the new government were Deputy Prime Minister
Oleksandr Sych, Ecology Minister Andriy Mokhnyk, Agriculture Minister Ihor
Shvaika, and acting Prosecutor General Oleh Makhnitsky. In 2016 Parubiy became
Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament.
The fascists in
power, instantly moved to ban the Russian language from schools and public
institutions and ordered the Ukrainian Army, replete with its now formally
integrated fascist Azov, Aidar, Dnipro and
Tornado battalions, to march on the Donbass in the
east to take control of this largely Russian-speaking population. Now with
“government” approval, they attacked anti-coup demonstrators across the country.
In Odessa, they murdered 48 coup protestors outright, setting a trade union
building where they sought refuge afire and slaughtering survivors who were
compelled to leap off the flaming edifice.
leftwing parties were banned. The bailout agreements negotiated by the
Yanukovych government with Russia, on terms far less onerous than those offered
by the European Union, were revoked, and instead, an economically punishing
Association Agreement with the European Union, that largely subordinated
Ukraine to the US-dominated International Monetary Fund, was approved.
US appoints Ukraine president
question then arose. Who would take Yanukovych’s place?
Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, made that
decision. Again, in her taped remarks, Nuland named Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a
hard right member of Fatherland, the ultra-nationalist, anti-Russian
formation. The Europeans, especially the Germans, wanted a more moderate
figure to head Ukraine. They favored Vitaly Klitschko, a boxer turned
politician with more moderate views than Yatsenyuk. During the hacked
call, Nuland blurted, “F***K the EU,” and, of course, the US pick, Yatsenyuk,
became the Prime Minister of Ukraine, forming a coalition governing majority
with the fascist Svoboda Party. The coup’s finance minister was US citizen and
high-ranking diplomat, Natalie Jeresko, who was granted Ukrainian
citizenship the day after the coup. Joe Biden’s son took a position on the
board of Ukraine’s largest natural gas company earning a monthly salary of
rump government declared itself the leader of the nation. Nuland remarked in
her intercepted phone call, that Vice President Joseph Biden, in charge of the
Ukraine events at that time, would give the ultimate "atta boy" to
the coup leaders.
The US had
previously laid the ground for the coup, pouring $5 billion into Ukraine over
the years to support hundreds of NGOs aimed at moving Ukraine into its orbit,
one way or another.
base established in Ukraine
Shortly after the 2014 coup, in 2015, the coup makers
established the so-called International Peacekeeping and Security Center, a
US-run western Ukraine military base, near the Polish border, that had been,
according to the March 14, 2022 New York
Times, “a hub for Western military troops to train Ukrainian forces since
“Troops from the United States, Britain, Canada, Poland, Sweden and Denmark,
among others, have trained 35,000 Ukrainians there under a project called
‘Operation Unifier.’” This is the “operation” that aimed to forcibly “unite”
western Ukraine, with the Russian-speaking eastern and southern populations
that rejected the fascist coup. US paid troops included the modern-day
descendants of the privatized Blackwater forces of Erik Prince that slaughtered
civilians in Iraq during that “weapons of mass destruction” regime change war
that killed 1.5 million Iraqis. Need we note that with the exception of Sweden,
all the above nations are NATO affiliates, training,
arming and financing non-NATO Ukraine to wage war on behalf of NATO’s US puppet
Here we add that the official Ukrainian armies in the
east and south also rejected the 2014 coup as they did orders from the coup
government to turn their guns on the Russian-speaking populations. Indeed, with
near zero exceptions they deserted the Ukrainian Army and joined the Russian
Army without a shot being fired. The same with the overwhelmingly
Russian-speaking population in Crimea. They voted 97 percent to affiliate with
Russia in a referendum result contested by virtually no one. The turnout was 87
March 14, 2022 Times article
concludes, “But Western nations withdrew their forces ahead of Russia’s
invasion of Ukraine. Since then, the base has been used by Ukraine to train and
organize the thousands of foreigners [from 28 nations] who have arrived in the
country and volunteered to help defend it.” This single paragraph comes close
to defying rational explanation, unless, of course, it is The Times’ explanation of the instant transformation of a secret
US/NATO military base operating on Ukrainian territory into a solely Ukrainian-run
base aimed at training the Ukrainian version of Middle East jihadist
terrorists. No doubt these instantly-discovered “foreign fighters” suddenly
flocking to defend “Ukraine’s freedom” are akin to those jihadists murderers
armed, trained, financed and deployed by the US/NATO/Gulf State monarchies to
take down the Syrian government in that ten-year failed US regime change war.
500,000 Syrians died in that US horror. By all accounts, today’s Ukrainian
“freedom fighters” were drawn from the ranks of Europe’s growing fascist and
far right fanatics. Ukraine has become their central focus.
2015 to just before the Russian invasion, that is, for seven years, the US and
NATO forces have been arming, training and financing, inside Ukraine, the coup government’s war against the Russian
speaking population. That war has killed some 14,000 people in the Donbass,
mostly civilians. That the victims are pilloried for defending their lives and
for seeking Russian aid, constitutes yet another travesty of fundamental human
and democratic rights, not to mention the right of an oppressed people to self-determination,
that is, to be free from annihilation at the hands of the US-installed fascist
the past eight years, prior to the Russian invasion, a state of perpetual war
has prevailed in the Donbass region, with the U.S. government backing the
reconstituted and ever-reinforced Ukrainian Army’s unrelenting attacks –
spearheaded by fascist troops that have been formally incorporated into the
early post-coup years were punctuated by a series of negotiations referred to
as the Minsk Protocols. Signed on Sept. 5, 2014 and Feb. 12, 2015, after
negotiations between the Ukrainian coup government, Russia, Germany and France,
they were purportedly aimed at stopping the bloodshed via a ceasefire, withdrawal
of heavy weapons from the front lines, release of prisoners of war, and a
Ukrainian constitutional reform granting self-government to specified areas of
Donbass. In practice, none of these Minsk Protocols were implemented, as the
Ukrainian Army’s ceaseless incursions into the Donbass region aimed at
subjugation and conquest as opposed to pursuit of a negotiated settlement. Some
100 “ceasefire” agreements were repeatedly violated. The Ukrainian government
refused to implement the Minsk-projected elections in Luhansk and
Donetsk. Endorsed by a UN
Security Council resolution, the gist of the Minsk accords was to preserve the
territorial integrity of Ukraine via a federalization process that would return
the breakaway republics in exchange for their local autonomy. The latter
implied that the resources of a federated Donbass, especially the vast fossil
fuel reserves, and access to pipelines, would be under the control of
local/regional governments – as they had previously been – a proposition that
US imperialism outright rejected.
refugees flee to Russia
we hear no mention of the fact that 800,00 Russian-speaking Ukrainians had fled
to Russia during the coup government’s death squad reign and another 70,000 in
recent weeks. We do hear reports of Ukrainians fleeing west in the face of the
Russian intervention, but not of the coup government’s segregating out
Ukrainians of African and Middle East origin, who have been shunted to the end
of the line in the face of NATO ally’s racist, white supremacist policies
refusing to accept immigrants “who don’t look like us.”
Welcome to the embrace of
the imperialist war machine
admission to the good graces of the US imperialist establishment requires both
denunciation of the Vladimir Putin Russian government and hailing the
“democratic” US-led NATO imperial war pact. We in UNAC decline the invitation.
Whatever our varying assessments of the Putin government, and there are many,
we decline to condemn the Donbass people for asking for Russian aid. We decline
to condemn Russia’s and the Russian-speaking Donbass population’s opposition to
the US-engineered fascist coup and its US/NATO perpetuation. We decline to
condone NATO’s expansion into Ukraine and its perspective of establishing
nuclear weapons along Russia’s 1500-mile border. That 27 million Russians died
in fighting Hitler’s fascist WWII invasion has not been obliterated from
Russian popular consciousness.
we decline to join the near-deafening bi-partisan war cries, echoed daily by
virtually every US corporation, every military contractor, every oil behemoth,
every major media outlet and every politician to pursue war in Ukraine without
hesitation. If there is any US debate over the war among the corporate parties
it is over whether to risk nuclear war via the US embarking on a “no-fly zone”
wherein US planes and missiles will be assigned to challenge Russia’s, a
doomsday scenario if there ever was one.
of US oil wars
same US oil monopolies on whose behalf the US government wages war today
against Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Libya, Bolivia, and beyond, were critical
players in the monstrous wars that killed millions and raped the planet in
years and decades past. Four-plus
million were slaughtered by the US war machine in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia;
400,000 in Guatemala by US-trained death squads; 50,000 slaughtered by Batista’s
US-backed dictatorship in Cuba; 80,000 murdered by Somoza’s Nicaragua
dictatorship; 60,000 by Pinochet’s Chilean death squads and tens of thousands
more in Argentina Panama, Haiti Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Brazil – all by
US-backed and/or installed dictatorships.
The modern era lists of US atrocities never ends; 1.5 million were
murdered in Iraq; two million more in the US-orchestrated 1980-88 Iraq/Iran War
aimed at obliterating both nation’s competitive oil resources; tens of
thousands in the US-backed al Sisi Egyptian coup; one million in Afghanistan
and today millions perishing in the US-backed Saudi Arabian genocide in Yemen.
the US plunderers have scaled unprecedented heights in a scheme to monopolize
the world’s largest fossil fuel markets – Western Europe and beyond – by
eliminating cheap Russian oil and gas that was to be sent directly through the
undersea Nord Steam 2 pipeline. The US scheme, forced upon reluctant German and
French officials, contemplates closing existing Russian pipelines and Nord
Stream 2 and substituting high cost US-fracked Liquid National Gas. The coup
government’s US-backed military conquest of eastern and southern Ukraine was
seen as a prerequisite to completing this barely disguised and latest US fossil
fuel war – a first magnitude confrontation at a time when the continued, if not
expanded use of this deadly resource, spells doom for all humankind.
We reject the imperial propagandists’ disgusting transformation of a US-backed
fascist coup into a popular rebellion.
We reject the corporate media-created fantasy of a US imperialism driven by
Out Now! Hands off Ukraine!
to US/NATO nuclear war-threatening “no-fly zones” over Ukraine!
to US punishing sanction wars against Russia and 39 other nations!
for the people of Donbass!
to US-backed fascist coups!
to US oil wars everywhere!
for human needs; not one penny for war!
a rapid transition to a safe, clean, fossil fuel world free energy system that
guarantees quality jobs and security for all!
all military bases the world over beginning with the 1,100 US bases in 110
countries, followed by Russia’s seven bases and China’s single base in