”This war has been mercilessly murdering an innocent population for 8 years while everyone .. looked the other way. Your ‘No to War’ signs cruelly arrive too late and at the indirect service of NATO interests”.
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by Ramiro Gómez at La Haine. rough translation by theFreeonline 02/26/2022
Article by a member of the Rubén Ruiz Ibarruri Brigade and participant in the Banda Bassotti Antifascist Caravan (la Caravana Antifascista)
I am writing this trying to contain the anger and indignation that the reactions of the western left and society in general produce in me about the Russian counterattack against Ukraine.
Honestly, I’m not expecting much from this. I have more than proven that there is no one more blind than the one who does not want to see, and that no matter how much you all repeat a thousand times that the TV manipulates, you continue dancing to the rhythm set by the Western mass media.
Since yesterday I have seen social networks full of NO TO WAR signs from which you have removed the almost 20 years of cobwebs since the Iraq war.
I could say that those same posters have been forgotten at the bottom of the drawer of infamy, while Israel massacred Palestine. While the US devastated Afghanistan, or Libya, in massive bombings that have caused the death of more than 150,000 people, including thousands of children.
Deaths that the US has refused to investigate. But saying all this would be too easy. I could say that when the media told you again, that as with Libya you had to intervene in Syria, you have kept quiet while the US attacked a sovereign country and plundered its oil reserves.
I could also say that so far in February 2022, there have been deaths in Palestine, in Damascus due to Israeli bombing, as well as in Yemen or Somalia. And your anti war placards were still forgotten.
I could also say that Western policies have caused a constant genocide in Mediterranean waters, but it would be … demagoguery. It is obvious that there are deaths that matter, and others that do not.
As Malcolm X said, be careful with the media because if you don’t you will end up defending the oppressors.
But I want to focus on the war that broke out in Ukraine in 2014, to which your bland posters are 8 years late. Everyone can get confused, we can all make mistakes, but it is also possible that there is something more perverse than just”carelessness”.
Having memory is something very important, and more so in a society that manufactures throwaway conflicts for which most people only act by putting a fashionable avatar on their profile picture, which days later with the appearance of any news of the pink press, soccer or any bullshit expires on infertile soil.
First of all, it must be understood that a war today does not appear out of nowhere and that many of us understand that the global war began a long time ago. Another thing is that the media from which we feed, decides what the weather is like, or what conflicts exist or do not exist, but there are many corners of the world that have been at war for years and are made invisible because economic interests favor the US-NATO Western alliance.
For years, NATO-USA has been failing in its commitment and building military bases, establishing its troops there along the Russian border, with the intention of weakening and besieging the Eurasian countries that could compete with the dollar and the euro.
It’s as easy as looking for NATO bases around the world on a map and you’ll see how military harassment movements have been going on for years.
The Ukraine War is just one more chapter in a much longer series and it is essential to keep it in mind when analyzing the events of the last few days.
First of all, and to prevent the rat children from appearing, I will say that Putin disgusts me, and that Russia is not the USSR and its policies have nothing to do with its Soviet past, but I refuse to focus on Russia, because I consider that it is putting the axis of the balance in the wrong place and that it can only give rise to manipulated positions.
I am going to focus on my beloved Donbass people.
When the Maidan movement emerged in 2013 as a supposed social response to political corruption, the workers and miners of the Donbass viewed it with sympathy, despite the fact that they were involved in a coal strike, in cities long abandoned by the administrations, which was very far from the life of the capital.
From here we also saw the images of the massive demonstrations in Kiev and how they faced a lot of violence against the police.
So far, everything was going well. The red and black flags gave it a nice touch so that for a society of entertainment like ours, we would start applauding the symbols and supporting those movements.
Things started to go wrong when the protesters attacking the police were in paramilitary uniforms and Nazi symbols began to appear on their shields. Something was beginning to smell bad.
The red and black flag turned out to be the symbol of the Ukrainian insurgent army of the Nazi Stepan Bandera, who allied himself with the German Nazis in World War II, carrying out massacres of his Jewish Ukrainian compatriots, which even scandalized the Germans themselves.
It is curious to see how if someone throws a stone at the police in the Basque Country, Catalonia or Madrid, they are little less than a terrorist, and when someone burns a police officer alive in Venezuela or Ukraine, they are an activist for freedom.
The fact is that the events that followed were known to all. President Yanukovych (another corrupt one, like any other) left Ukraine and the coup installed a recognized fascist like Poroshenko.
The Nazis took to the streets. Little by little it would be discovered that such protests were supported by briefcases of American dollars that they inflated to raise that monster of war.
The violence since then has been savage and daily. The first thing they did was go to the communist and anti-fascist headquarters and destroy them. The armed Nazi groups came to all the assemblies, and said, either with us or we will kill you. Many fled and moved away, other so-called comrades joined the Nazi ranks in pursuit of the Unity of Ukraine. Horrible, but that’s how it was.
The population of Ukraine is very heterogeneous, with 20% of people of Russian descent, mainly settled in the east of the country, in the Donbass mining area. There are also Tatars, Belarusians, Romanians, Moldovans, Poles, Hungarians, Gypsies, Jews etc.
In eastern Ukraine, when Stalin sent thousands of Russian workers to populate the abandoned area of Donbass, rich in coal, to exploit the mines, Russian and Ukrainian families merged, creating a healthy coexistence with more brotherly love than hate. Families with a Russian father and a Ukrainian mother and vice versa were quite normal there.
But ominously, years ago, something was brewing.
In the first place, education began to wash the face of the insurgent army of Stepan Bandera, who had been considered anti-patriotic outlaws, and began to sell them in schools as “heroes for the country” (today it is easy to find elementary books with children drawn with the red and black emblems of these savage killers).
On the other hand, from the main political talk shows on Ukrainian television, a well-designed and well-cooked breeding ground for ethnic hatred began to be created, in which the Russian population was sold as the culprit of all the economic ills suffered by the Ukrainian people. All this convoluted by Yanukovych’s local policy that had opted for commercial relations with Russia, instead of towards “prosperous Europe”.
In these gatherings they began to sell the population of Donbass almost like subhuman monkeys that were only good for digging coal mines, in contrast to the Ukrainian population of Kiev with its university and its modern world. That was a constant barrage of ethnic hatred.
There is a video on the internet in which a very famous Ukrainian commentator is seen saying “It is a hard truth to accept, but these people are a burden, they impoverish us, and they occupy a space that true Ukrainians need. It’s hard to say, but there are people in Donbass who must die.” For years, while in parallel, the Pravy Sektor and Svoboda, the main Nazi parties in Ukraine, paramilitarily trained their militants in war and combat techniques with Western money.
Returning to the Maidan, the effect of all this strategy paid off as expected. Nazi and racist hatred resulted in lynchings in Kiev of people of color, homosexuals, leftists, or those nostalgic for the Soviet past.
The murders happened every day.
At that moment in 2014 paramilitary groups of the extreme right, are formed as official military battalions, paid with a good salary directly from the portfolios of local oligarchs like Kolomoski among others. These battalions are headed for the Donbass.
While these formations march emulating the symbols and uniforms of the German Nazi groups, the civilians of Kiev applaud them while chanting “death to the Russians”, “Glory to the Ukraine, glory to the heroes”. The tragedy was inevitable.
As the Nazi units headed to raze the people of Donbass, the ultra-nationalist hotheaded civilians began to lay down their law in every city. The first thing they did was to tear down all the statues of Lenin (in the east there is one in every town) and lynch all those they considered enemies of the fatherland.
Without going any further, there are many images of different events, in which groups of young and not so young mercilessly kick the heads of old people who bring flowers to the statues of Lenin.
Most of these uncontrolled beatings end in death.
People from the east, of Russian origin, are forced to react Seeing what is coming their way, they begin to gather around the squares and statues of Lenin to demonstrate his position and organize their self-protection.
The fateful day arrives that changed the lives of thousands of people from many countries. On May 2, 2014.
The soccer league, “coincidentally” in the middle of that breeding ground, organizes a friendly match “for the country” between two soccer teams with big fascist fans. Before the match everyone joins in a demonstration for the unity of the Ukrainian motherland.
Near the route of that demonstration, a camp of anti-Maidan demonstrators, of Russian descent, had been established at the gate of the House of Trade Unions.
In Russia, its “holy week” is marked by Soviet history, and from May 1, Working Class Day, to May 9, commemorating the Victory Day against the Third German Reich, are holidays, and people take the opportunity to visit relatives and go on excursions. So the anti-Maidan camp only has several hundred people, mostly retirees and kids.
At a certain point in the fascist march, they deviate from the route and head en masse towards the House of Trade Unions. There would be a lot to talk about how it all happened and what agents were involved, but if I get into it now, I’m never done.
We all know the result. The people of the camp seeing that angry mass of Nazis with Ukrainian flags, had to take refuge inside the building.
The Nazis surrounded the building and set it on fire with everyone inside. More than 50 victims, including 16-year-olds, were burned to death. There are images available to anyone of a pregnant woman strangled by the Nazis with a telephone cable while the rest of the protesters shouted “death to the Russians”.
People who tried to flee the flames and jumped from a third floor into the street were greeted with steel bars and beaten to death by the mob of “innocent civilians”.
The real data is that in addition to those 50 people who were burned, there are another 150 who disappeared without us ever knowing where they had ended up.
The infamy would not end there, because the authorities, who were present at that attack without doing anything, even collaborating. The only people who were arrested for these events were precisely some of those attacked. Meanwhile, Ukrainian politicians publicly applauded the events that took place on networks. The images of the bodies of the burned comrades are terrible.
Also terrible are the images of many Ukrainian girls and boys in their early twenties, filling Molotov cocktails with which they would burn their companions alive.
Or the images of a leader of FEMEN in Ukraine celebrating the massacre with the burning building behind her (it’s as easy as Googling “Femen, Odessa”) (note> that famous photo is at the burning of the anti-fascist camp, perhaps before the actual massacre. )
Here, in our country, the same media that are telling you how bad the Russians are and that you should take to the streets to protest against this war today, are the same ones that after those events published the following headlines: “MORE THAN 50 KILLED IN Clashes With Pro-Russian Separatists”
You have to be deeply despicable and criminal to publish that, selling the victims of executioners, nothing new under the sun.
The events that followed this were to be expected.
The Nazis lynching, hanging, burying Russian civilians alive, raping women, crucifying people who they would later set on fire. It would be very easy for me to attach the photos of all this, but I do not want to fall into the tabloid morbidity, and out of respect for the friends and colleagues of the victims, who will have enough to have those images engraved in their heads to continually put them in front of their eyes.
But as I say, these images are public and available to anyone who bothers to look for them. To those who refuse and only prefer to swallow what the media shits in their mouths, I don’t intend to change their minds either.
Faced with the Ukrainian speech calling for taking Donbass and exterminating that 20% of its population in the east, much to their regret (because the Russians in Donbass did not want any war) they are forced to react to defend their families, and their houses.
Two separate referendums were held in which it was decided to become independent from Ukraine and ask for help from Russia. In Crimea, without going any further, 97% of the population is Russian, and the results of these referendums were to be expected. No one wants to stay in a house where they want to kill you.
A series of independent People’s Republics of Ukraine are declared.
The Ukrainian army declares war and led by Nazi battalions (Azov, Aidar, etc.) begin to surround and bomb the most representative pro-Russian cities.
It must be said that in all this civil and ethnic war, what was hidden were the plans of NATO to seize a major enclave in its covert (and not-so-covert) economic cold war against Russia.
They stage a coup, set up a Westernist puppet and set up military bases at the gates of Russia. For that, a very important strategic piece was the Crimean peninsula with its naval bases and control of the Black Sea.
Russia is not stupid, and it sees it coming, and immediately backs the Crimea referendum by annexing it.
Both Kramatorsk and Kharkov are not prepared to withstand the military siege of the artillery and succumb very soon. The scenes of Nazi violence that took place in those days are overwhelming.
But Lugansk and Donetsk become strong. The workers, miners, civilians, and also some policemen and soldiers of Russian descent, organize themselves, take over barracks and arm themselves, forming popular self-defense militias. They are not willing to be killed.
The Nazi battalions and the Ukrainian army surround them, creating a fence that cuts off these cities and begin to mercilessly bomb the civilian population, skipping all conventions and human rights agreements.
The first thing they do is bomb water, electricity and power plants. Leaving the population without water, without electricity, without communications, radio, telephone and television. Then they destroy the main communication routes to prevent them from being able to stock up on food.
Your ‘No to War’ signs slept peacefully in the dusty closet of your conscience. The international community is silent.
For months these cities are hit in the cruelest way. Thousands of people, old people, children, etc., die dismembered, jumping through the air in a bloody carnage.
Hospitals, schools, nurseries, are not spared from the bombs. The surrounding cities and towns are destroyed. An exodus of hundreds of thousands of people is generated, who are received in Russia, to protect themselves from the bombings.
The sadism of the fascists emulates Franco’s Spain with the bombing of La Desbandá. (A refugees train after the fascist victory). On the last untaken road from Luhansk to Russia, something terrible happens. The Ukrainian army communicated to the civilians of Donbass that they would hold fire for 24 hours so that all civilians who wanted to flee to Russia would do so immediately.
Bus caravans begin the journey along this road.
The Ukrainian army opens fire and massacres the road, reducing it to rubble of smoking iron twisted between charred bodies. That same army that is now being punished by Russia.”Who kills with iron, dies with iron”.
I have said that the event of May 2 marked many of us forever, and between tears of rage and desire for justice, many people decided to leave everything and go to put their bodies as a shield and their hands as tools to defend the people of Donbass from the fascist carnage.
I was one of the people who left everything and took a plane alone, between tears of fear, to cross thousands of kilometers, to cross the siege of the Ukrainian army and plant myself in Lugansk to help a people forgotten by all of you.
What I saw there many call Russian propaganda. It will cost me a lot of time and many more psychologist sessions to make me overcome the terrible images and experiences that I lived there.
I had to make an effort with all my strength, and all my physical and mental agility not to die on countless occasions. Around me, without so much luck, I could see the mutilated bodies, and the scattered viscera of children, old people, innocent men and women.
That smell, that blood, those images will never be forgotten in my life.
Eight years have passed in which the Ukrainian army has mercilessly and without interruption massacred the people of Donbass.
8 fucking years in which you have all kept a cruel and complicit silence. From the media, to those of you who now take out your offensive No to War placards.
The “official”count of civilian victims, which are infinitely less than the real ones, recognize 14,000 people killed.
The Nazi battalions, in turn, took over entire villages, raped all the women and girls at will, looted the houses, tortured the men and even held orgies in which they raped babies in front of their mothers. You can check who the “Tornado” Battalion was.
During the time I lived with the people I was able to see how they suffered in 40º heat, without a drop of water, unable to eat or wash, sleeping in corners, basements and even sewers to avoid the continuous crushing of Ukrainian bombs.
President Poroshenko was applauded by all Ukrainians when he said “our children will be able to go to school while the children of the Donbass will have to hide in cellars like rats”. All his people applauded him. The same town that granted the Ministry of Defense portfolio in times of war to the Nazi leaders of the Pravy Sektor.
Being an innocent civilian does not exempt you from empowering real psychopaths to torture, kill and rape without mercy.
Now, Russia, which has long warned that it would not allow itself to be harassed and endangered, has decided to act. Obviously, they do it to protect their interests and prevent NATO from continuing to arm itself and surround it with missiles and troops.
I will not be the one who sympathizes with Putin or with today’s Russia. Nothing is further from reality.
But I refuse to participate in this infamy by putting the spotlight on Russia. I would seem to be completely blind. In the first place, because these consequences of the geostrategic confrontation of large blocs have many people in charge who have been bombing other lands for years and moving tokens to continue extending their domain, and I see it as completely legitimate for other countries that see what is coming on them to also move their tokens.
On the other hand, because as I already said, this war that suddenly worries everyone because the news is dictating it, has not started on February 23, 2022.
This war has been mercilessly murdering an innocent population for 8 years while everyone you stood in profile or looked the other way. Your ‘No to War’ signs cruelly arrive too late and at the indirect service of NATO interests.
They want to turn you into more manipulated accomplices of the barbarism that a people has been suffering for 8 endless years, in which Ukraine has gone through all the points of the Minsk agreements.
I would like you to make an effort for a moment to understand the anger and indignation that I feel when you see that you are all jumping now.
Regardless of the real intentions of Russia, the truth is that finally, the people of Donbass will stop suffering and living hidden in the cellars of ruins watered by blood.
The truth is that this terrorist and murderous army of Ukraine is being demilitarized by destroying its bases, its magazines and stores of weapons and bombs that they will no longer be able to continue launching on the Donbass.
The truth is that ultra-savage neo-Nazi battalions like the Azov battalion will not rape and torture again because yesterday they died by the thousands at their Mariupol military base. Its Nazi leaders have been eliminated and there is a very long list of war criminals who are being captured and will stand trial before the people of Donbass.
The “innocent civilians of Kiev” have been frightened by sirens for a day, hiding in basements, and on subway platforms, crying in images that are repeated to us by all the special envoys in Kiev who have never wanted to set foot in the massacred cities of Donbass.
You have all been outraged at this in 24 hours. Aren’t the lives of the children of the Donbass worth the same?
Your ‘No to War’ would be satisfied if Russia withdrew from the Ukraine. And you would once again put away the little signs, obedient to the media, to return to silence and bury the sons and daughters of the Donbass. The truth is that I despise you.
I would like to accompany you to the orphanages we have visited in Donbass, of children who have been left alone forever in a destroyed land.
Those orphanages from which I left crying with rage and sadness when I saw how they were accustomed at 5 years old to throwing themselves into a ball on the ground at the teacher’s order to protect themselves from the bombs. And as day by day, those children have been decimated.
Do not wait for me with your present crying out against war.
War always is and always will be a piece of shit for the rich, paid for by the poor. But this war has destroyed so many lives, that watch you from oblivion while you try to protect their executioners.
I am not saying that all this makes it legitimate for civilians to die in Ukraine. I am not going to be hypocritical, someone will die and it is impossible to avoid it in a scenario like this.
Although the truth is that unlike the Ukrainian army, which systematically kills civilians, and which this morning has killed two teachers in a school in Gorlovka, the Russian army is trying to cause casualties only among the military, although on TV they tell you otherwise using stock footage of bombings in Syria or other countries.
The propaganda machine is working flat out. What I do say is that it is infamous that you talk about it when there are tens of thousands of deaths among children, elderly men and women who have not deserved either your support or your solidarity.
Don’t ask me to feel sorry. I am not going to be so cynical to say that it is because they almost killed me. I assumed all the risk to go there with my heart as a shield to stop the bullets against the people.
But in my heart there are many people whom I saw die, many children whom I saw cry (and die too), many elderly people who did not deserve to end their lives dismembered or starving and thirsty in their forgotten hiding places.
I owe it to them, and I owe it to justice, The USA, NATO and Europe are criminals and murderers. The wars of the great powers, among which I include Russia should all be stopped immediately. The workers of the world should be united against their wars, against all their wars, and against the oligarchs on one side and the other.
That would be ideal. Ukrainian and Russian workers expropriating the oligarchs and building an environment of mutual support and solidarity.
But we are light years away from that and what matters to me now is that the people of Donbass will be able to leave their shelters and play in a park with their children, without fear of being blown up, for the first time in 8 years.
NEITHER WAR BETWEEN PEOPLES NOR PEACE BETWEEN CLASSES
February 25, 2022 leer original en Español Aquí
Ruben Ruiz Ibarruri Brigade- Bassotti Band Anti-Fascist Caravan