United National Antiwar Coalition Statement
The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) remains steadfast in its
opposition to the United States/NATO imperialist project. The people of Ukraine
are now suffering in a war zone because of the actions of the United States,
beginning with the 2014 coup which violently ousted an elected president. The
goal then as now was to use Ukraine as a weapon to target Russia militarily. We
point out that the current conflict is not the first for Ukraine. More than
14,000 people living in the eastern Donbas region have died in an eight-year
long war because they refused to accept the coup government imposed by the U.S.
There have been many opportunities to peacefully resolve this conflict. The
US could have announced that Ukraine would not be admitted into NATO, but it
would not. The MinskII Agreement signed in 2015 by Ukraine, Russia, Germany and
France was unanimously approved by the United Nations Security Council. MinskII
called for the end of hostilities between Ukraine and the Donetsk and Luhansk
People’s Republics in Donbas. Ukraine was required to engage in negotiations
and provide constitutional recognition for this region. But far right forces
prevented implementation and three American presidents saw an advantage in not
implementing the agreement.
The result was a continuation of bloodshed and the strengthening of right
wing and neo-Nazi forces. Ukraine is now a haven for white supremacist groups
and has invited mercenaries from across Europe, the United States, and other
nations. This capture by the right wing is by design and is yet another means
of maintaining a dangerous status quo. It is both naive and dangerous to deny
the existence of these far-right forces and to ignore the hold they have on
Ukrainian politics. They will not only unleash violence in Ukraine, but they
will inevitably bring racist violence back to their home countries.
The Biden administration sends weapons and prolongs the conflict. The U.S.
further enriches the military industrial complex with its actions with money
that should be used for the good of the people. The promised Build Back Better
bill is in limbo and the monies promised for renewing the Child Tax Credit and
providing covid relief instead are used to stoke the conflict in Ukraine.
UNAC calls on the antiwar community to join in opposing NATO plans to
expand further eastward. Not only should NATO cease integrating new members,
but it should be dismantled altogether. It is not the defensive force that it
claims to be and has wrought destruction from Ukraine to Libya to Afghanistan.
NATO is the expression of U.S. global dominance and can only do great harm
around the world.
Congress and the Biden administration approved $15 billion to fund
militarism in Ukraine in the same week that providers of free covid testing,
vaccination, and treatment for the uninsured were informed their services would
no longer be reimbursed. The military industrial complex gets billions of
dollars while the people’s needs go unmet. The uninsured and unhoused go
without help while the neo-Nazi Azov Battalion gets money with the blessings of
The calls for a so-called “no-fly zone” would in fact create an air war
that would heighten the risk of nuclear conflict. Sanctions are war by other
means and should be universally condemned by all in the antiwar movement.
The displacement of millions of people in Ukraine is a repeat of what the
US and NATO have wrought elsewhere. UNAC appeals to antiwar forces in this
country to join in making consistent demands for peace in Ukraine, an end to
the NATO imperialist structure, and a system which meets public needs and not
those of defense contractors.
hands off Ukraine: No weapons, No military “advisors,” No Mercenaries, No
aid to Ukraine and resettlement of all refugees and displaced persons
Ukraine out of NATO
of all foreign white supremacist and neo-Nazi forces from Ukraine
to civilians in Ukraine and the Donbas independent regions
NATO and establish a military neutral zone from Western Russia through Ukraine
and Baltic states
government renounce doctrine of Full Spectrum Dominance
For a more comprehensive
background statement from UNAC, please click here