The tension in and around the Ukraine is not relieving. While in politics
and media it is suggested that in this complex political transformation of
a society one can only be “pro West” or “pro East” the Left seems divided:
many have nothing to say whilst others fall for this false polarisation.
Others in the Left have created their own versions; in one, a flashback
to a nostalgic cold-war, Putin is seen as an antifascist saviour fighting
the Maidan-protesters – who are nothing but Nazis. In another Putin is
the aggressive imperialist, inventing reasons to start a war and to expand his territory
– some even compare him to Hitler. Finally, we see some arguing that the
real enemy we need to be wary of is the American imperialists who must be
behind this somewhere and for some reason.
The fact is that every uprising contains many political, social, economic
and cultural positions and perspectives.The situation in the Ukraine
is multi-layered and dynamic. Even though it is hard to access any
information on what is actually happening we know for sure that as
anti-authoritarians we are in solidarity with the undogmatic, autonomous
unionists, anti-authoritarians and antifascists of all kinds in
the Ukraine, who have been oppressed by the old as well as the new,
temporary regime and the strong right-wing element within it.
We want to spread their perspectives on the occurrences in the Ukraine and
call for their support.
Interview with activists from the “Autonomous Workers’ Union” (
Declaration of Internationalists against War in the Ukraine (English)
Call for financial help for criminalized antifascists by German “Rote Hilfe” (Red Aid) (German)
Statement by Autonomous Workers Union on a possible military intervention