INTERVIEW WITH A UKRAINIAN MARXIST AND SOLDIER FIGHTING IN THE DONBAS – RESUME

In this interview, published on the Ukrainian anarchist web site, nihilist.li, a Ukrainian Marxist militant, fighting in the Donbas as a volunteer soldier of the 72nd Separate Guards Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, explains that he is doing the same as the Bolsheviks did when they defended the Kerensky government against the Kornilov Putsch. “In a war between White Guards and Petliuraists,” he says, referring to another historical parallel, “the choice between them is evident for me as a Marxist, in favour of the latter.” Saying Petliuraites he refers to the Ukrainian People’s Republic, a (rather petty) bourgeois state that during the Civil War fought against both Bolsheviks and White Guards. He argues that you cannot stop the Russian imperialist aggression without fighting it with arms in hand. “Many Western leftists are convinced that in the Donbas there is a socialist revolution, that Ukraine is a fascist state, and that this state, taking orders from Washington, is smashing a people’s uprising. It is extremely difficult and most often impossible to make them change their mind. For this reason, in my opinion, it is simpler and more just to live as if there was no Western left.”

http://nihilist.li/2014/12/06/ukrainskij-soldat-dlya-menya-kak-marksista-vy-bor-mezhdu-belogvardejtsami-i-petlyurovtsami-ocheviden/

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