Does the western left understand Russian imperialism?

Some left-wing people and groups don’t identify with the Ukrainian struggle against Russian aggression. This includes some of the leaders of left parties, trade unions and social movements, and the editors of left websites. Many of them don’t help Ukrainian refugees, don’t provide humanitarian support; some of them spread Russian propaganda.

Some “campists” seem unable to imagine any evil other than US imperialism. Some fake pacifists call for Ukrainian surrender, calling this the road to peace. Some adhere to these dangerous approaches due to sincere beliefs; others simply choose a more comfortable position of not intervening. Too many promote fake arguments to discourage and discredit support to Ukrainian resistance. They seem obsessed with ‘nationalism,’ (but only Ukrainian, and always negative) ‘self determination’ (but only in territories that Russia wants) and anti-militarism (but only against Ukraine defense and NATO support).

A Ukrainian view of the solidarity movement….

Vladyslav Starodubtsev of Social Movement (Ukraine) presents some of the solidarity networks working with the Ukrainian left.

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, we have criticised those leftists who dont recognise Russian imperialism and dont show soldiarity. This article looks at the bright side of the global left. Many, many left-wing activists around the globe have been holding events in support of Ukraine, translating Ukrainian texts, providing humanitarian aid (including that for the military) and organising important campaigns against the attack on labour rights, for the external debt write-off, for the supply of weapons and access to abortion services for Ukrainian refugees in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.

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Remembrance done wrong. Patriotic narratives, Left-wing history and constructed imageries of Ukrainian national remembrance policies
Vladislav Starodubtsev
October 6, 2022
International solidarity. How foreign leftists are helping Ukraine in the war
Vladyslav Starodubtsev Zofia Malisz Adam Novak Elisa Moros Chris Ford Mick Antoniw
October 4, 2022
Nouveaux chiens de garde
Vincent Présumey
October 1, 2022
Ukraine: How the Anti-war Camp Went Intellectually Bankrupt
James Kirchick
September 29, 2022
Pierre Rimbert, L’ukraine Et Le « Campisme »
Dominique Vidal
September 28, 2022
Ukraine: bogus ‘anti-imperialism’ serves the Kremlin
Simon Pirani
September 28, 2022
Krigen har vendt op og ned på politik i Ukraine
Vladyslav Starodubtsev Federico Fuentes
September 25, 2022
Putin’s Invasion in Ukraine, or the Broken Identity of the Italian Left
Elisabetta Michielin Pietro Maestri Francesco Brusa
September 21, 2022
A Ucrânia Está Ganhando A Guerra?
Bruno Cava Rodrigues
September 20, 2022
Trop c'est trop : Les silences choquants du "Diplo”
Dominique Vidal
September 19, 2022
Germany’s Die Linke on verge of split over sanctions on Russia
Philip Oltermann
September 19, 2022
Υποστηρίξτε την ουκρανική αντίσταση και αποδυναμώστε το κεφάλαιο των ορυκτών καυσίμων
Ilya Budraitskis, Oksana Dutchak, Harald Etzbach, Bernd Gehrke, Eva Gelinsky, Renate Hürtgen, Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski, Natalia Lomonosova, Hanna Perekhoda, Denys Pilash, Zakhar Popovych, Philipp Schmid, Christoph Wälz, Przemyslaw Wielgosz, Christian Zeller
September 14, 2022
Contribution sur la façon d’organiser la campagne pour la libération de Maksim Butkevich, par Bernard Randé.
Bernard Randé
September 14, 2022
La gauche en France doit sortir de son silence sur la guerre en Ukraine
Stefan Bekier
September 7, 2022
Positions of the global left over the abyss of imperialist escalation
Vitold Vasiletskyi
September 6, 2022
“De Oorlog Heeft De Oekraïense Politiek Ingrijpend Veranderd”
Federico Fuentes Vladyslav Starodubtsev
September 6, 2022
Interview D’aude Merlin : “En Ukraine, On A Affaire À Une Histoire D’émancipation Et De Répression”
Aude Merlin Julien Chanet
September 1, 2022
DSA Discusses Ukraine—Without an International Socialist Perspective
Dan La Botz
August 31, 2022
Ο πόλεμος στην Ουκρανία: Συνέντευξη με έναν Ουκρανό σοσιαλιστή
New Politics Andrei (Sotsialnyi Rukh)
August 25, 2022
Kulturdebatt. Appell: Demokratier i väst bör avsätta fem procent av sin militärbudget till Ukraina
Dagens Nyheter
August 24, 2022
“Don’t exaggerate the influence of Russian propaganda” Ukrainian socialist Taras Bilous serves in the military - and right from there he fights the stereotypes of the Western left about Ukraine (and Russia). We spoke to him
Taras Bilous
August 24, 2022
Ukraine: To undermine NATO retrenchment, the left must fight to win the peace.
Ali Khan
August 21, 2022
Internationalens Svartmålning Av Ukraina
Jan Czajkowski Friends of Socialist Politics
August 11, 2022
The International’s Black Painting of Ukraine
Jan Czajkowski Friends of Socialist Politics
August 11, 2022
Perché da socialista ucraino resisto all’invasione russa
Taras Bilous
August 9, 2022
Swedish Left’s Perspectives on the War in Ukraine
Volodya Vagner
August 9, 2022
Zelensky a-t-il vendu l’agriculture ukrainienne à des multinationales américaines ?
Bob Pitt
August 8, 2022
Has Zelensky sold off Ukraine’s agriculture to US multinationals?
Bob Pitt
August 8, 2022
Eastern Europe’s Tragedy
Taras Bilous
August 3, 2022
Ukraine: Censorship and self-censorship in time of war
Matt Salusbury
August 1, 2022
Soy un socialista ucraniano: he aquí por qué lucho contra la invasión rusa
Taras Bilous
July 30, 2022
A lógica política do imperialismo russo
July 29, 2022
Ukrainian Feminist: We Need Western Solidarity in Fighting Russian Imperialism
Amy Goodman Oksana Dutchak Nermeen Shaikh
July 28, 2022
“Ons Hoofddoel Is Nu Deze Oorlog Te Winnen”
Viktoriia Pigul
July 27, 2022
Είμαι Ουκρανός σοσιαλιστής: νά γιατί αντιστέκομαι στη ρωσική εισβολή
Taras Bilous
July 26, 2022
"Den Betroffenen zuhören"
Moritz Krawinkel Radwa Khaled-Ibrahim Oksana Dutchak
July 26, 2022
Τσέχοι αντιφασίστες: Μήνυμα από τη σκιά της Κεντρικής και Ανατολικής Ευρώπης
Czech Antifascists
July 24, 2022
Bad Russia, but the West is to blame. The Polish left did not get into it
Dariusz Kałan
July 23, 2022
Zła Rosja, ale winny Zachód. Polska lewica w to nie weszła
Dariusz Kałan
July 23, 2022
10 Terríveis Argumentos de Esquerda contra a Resistência Ucraniana
Oksana Dutchak
July 21, 2022
Ukraine, the feminist struggle does not stop with war
Viktoriia Pihul
July 20, 2022
Krieg Und Widerstand In Der Ukraine - Linke Perspektiven Und Fragen Der Solidarität
Daria Saburova
July 20, 2022
Harald Etzbach
July 20, 2022
10 φοβερά αριστερά επιχειρήματα ενάντια στην ουκρανική αντίσταση
Oksana Dutchak
July 20, 2022
10 terribili asserzioni della sinistra contro la resistenza ucraina
Oksana Dutchak
July 20, 2022
Ucraina, la lotta femminista non si ferma con la guerra
Francesco Brusa Piero Maestri Elisabetta Michielin
July 19, 2022
Russian socialist Ilya Matveev: ‘Putin’s war on Ukraine is not about security, it is about imperialist interests’
Ilya Matveev Federico Fuentes
July 17, 2022
NATO expansion in the East
Hanna Perekhoda
July 17, 2022
DSA must change course, oppose Russian conquest, and support Ukraine’s right to resist!
Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign and European Network for Solidarity with Ukraine
July 16, 2022
Le DSA doit changer de cap, s'opposer à la conquête russe et soutenir le droit de l'Ukraine à résister !
Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign et Réseau européen de solidarité avec l'Ukraine (RESU)
July 16, 2022
Putin’s Captives
Andrei Kolesnikov
July 15, 2022
Der Krieg und das linke Dilemma
Renate Hürtgen
July 15, 2022
Zrazující levice
Slavoj Žižek
July 14, 2022
Oorlog in Oekraïne geeft vredesbeweging geen nieuw elan
Frank Olbrechts
July 14, 2022
The hidden claims of some western left about the war in Ukraine
Oksana Dutchak
July 13, 2022
Ucrânia: uma negação de autonomia em nome da geopolítica e/ou da paz
Gilbert Achcar
July 10, 2022
Volodimir Artiuh: Rusia nu vrea să cucerească Ucraina ca pe o colonie pentru a o exploata. Pentru Rusia e un război de poziție – să cucerească Ucraina ca pe un post pentru o luptă imperialistă mai lungă…
Vasile Ernu Volodimir Artiuh
July 7, 2022
Украинские феминистки глазами Запада
Элиза Морос 
July 7, 2022
Ποιους βλάπτει η αντίσταση του ουκρανικού λαού;
Sissy Vouvou
July 6, 2022
«Η ανθρωπιστική βοήθεια δεν αρκεί» Συνέντευξη του Τάρας Μπίλους για τη στάση της Δυτικής Αριστεράς
Τάρας Μπίλους
July 6, 2022
Ποιους βλάπτει η αντίσταση του ουκρανικού λαού;
Σίσσυς Βωβού
July 5, 2022
Ίλια Μπουντράιτσκις: «Στην προπαγάνδα του Κρεμλίνου “ναζί” χαρακτηρίζεται όποιος αντιτίθεται στη Ρωσία»
Θοδωρής Αντωνόπουλος
July 1, 2022
L’urgence ukrainienne
Vincent Présumey
July 1, 2022
Qu'est-ce qui fait que les poutinistes et les poutinisants perpétuent les traditions les plus abjectes de la gauche internationale ?
Yorgos Mitralias
June 30, 2022
USA: Diplomacy instead of resistance? Chomsky loses his bearings on Ukraine
Dick Nichols
June 30, 2022
'Russia needs to be defeated': Russian socialists in exile say Putin has to be defeated in Ukraine
Charles R. Davis
June 28, 2022
No a la OTAN, sí ¿a qué?
Santiago Alba Rico
June 28, 2022
Le conflit russo-ukrainien divise la gauche anti-guerre
Fabien Escalona
June 28, 2022
Why is Ukrainian resistance invisible to you?
Simon Pirani
June 27, 2022
Inside the Ukrainian Resistance
Alona Liasheva Denys Pilash
June 24, 2022
Σπάζοντας διαδεδομένους μύθους γύρω από την εισβολή
Yavor Tarinsky
June 23, 2022
La OTAN, de mal en peor
Gilbert Achcar
June 22, 2022
«Лише гуманітарної допомоги не достатньо» — інтерв'ю з Тарасом Білоусом
Білоус Тарас Георгієв Іво
June 22, 2022
Slavoj Žižek: Každý levičák musí bezpodmínečně podpořit Ukrajinu
Slavoj Žižek
June 22, 2022
Ukraine : un déni d’autonomie au nom de la géopolitique et/ou de la paix
Gilbert Achcar
June 22, 2022
Το βίντεο της εκδήλωσης: Αλληλεγγύη στην ουκρανική αντίσταση. Άμεση αποχώρηση όλων των ρώσικων στρατευμάτων από την Ουκρανία. Πάλη ενάντια σε όλους τους ιμπεριαλισμούς
LaLiberta.gr
June 20, 2022
Η άποψή μας: Αλληλεγγύη στην ουκρανική αντίσταση
LaLiberta.gr
June 18, 2022
Alfons Bech: «Nosaltres, el que volem és que guanyi el poble d’Ucraïna»
Bernardo Corrêa Alfons Bech
June 17, 2022
Guerra in Ucraina, quale futuro per la memoria europea?
Francesco Brusa
June 16, 2022
Un jeune camarade ukrainien nous éclaire : écoutons-le !
Vladyslav Starodubtsev Tom Harris
June 11, 2022
Que se passe-t-il dans la gauche italienne ?
Piero Maestri
June 11, 2022
Στρατηγικές παράμετροι της στήριξης στην ουκρανική αντίσταση
Daria Saburova
June 9, 2022
Support the Ukrainian people in their resistance against the war!
Tassos Anastassiadis
June 9, 2022
Entrevista a Ilya Budraitskis. "El derecho de autodeterminación es algo que la izquierda ha defendido siempre”
Dmitry Sidorov
June 9, 2022
Im Land der Besserwisser
Linn Vertein Paul Simon
June 9, 2022
Debate a partir de la Declaracion de solidaridad con Ucrania
Silvio Schachter
June 9, 2022
Suwerenna, prospołeczna i wolna od długu. Taka ma być Ukraina
Paulina Januszewska
June 8, 2022
Не бояться прослыть «национал-предателем»
Андрей Мовчан
June 8, 2022
Russia: Unafraid to Be Called a “National Traitor”
Andrei Movchan
June 8, 2022
Solidarity with the Ukrainian resistance!
Ashley Smith
June 3, 2022
Lewica o Ukrainie
Ekskursje W Dyskursie
June 3, 2022
Ukraine: making a war of liberation
Vladyslav Starodubtsev Tom Harris
June 2, 2022
Slavoj Žižek: Vi kan ikke lade Rusland bestemme, hvor de røde linjer går i Ukraine
Slavoj Žižek
June 2, 2022
O que estão a fazer os socialistas da Ucrânia
Denys Pilash Ruth Cashman
May 30, 2022
‘De flirt tussen “realisme” en onze moderne pacifisten zal dus altijd wat risqué blijven’
Alex Van Steenbergen
May 30, 2022
Our (mostly failed) predictions about this war
Volodia Artiukh
May 30, 2022
Las feministas ucranianas bajo la mirada de Occidente
Elisa Moros
May 28, 2022
Războiul din Ucraina și polarizarea din Bulgaria
Vladimir Mitev
May 26, 2022
Το DSA (ΗΠΑ) και ο ρωσικός πόλεμος κατά της Ουκρανίας: Παράλυση
Dan La Botz
May 26, 2022
Bylo by možné se vyhnout válce pomocí záruk, že Ukrajina nevstoupí do NATO?
Antonín Hořčica
May 26, 2022
Війна в Україні, міжнародна безпека та ліві
Taras Bilous
May 26, 2022
Che succede nella sinistra italiana?
Piero Maestri
May 26, 2022
CON LA RESISTENCIA DEL PUEBLO UCRANIANO. POR SU VICTORIA CONTRA LA AGRESIÓN
Collectivo
May 26, 2022
Η κατάκτηση της νοτιοανατολικής Ουκρανίας από τον Πούτιν: Ζοφερά ερωτήματα σχετικά με τις "διαπραγματεύσεις", στιγμές «αποκάλυψης» και τα αληθινά ιμπεριαλιστικά συμφέροντα.
Michael Karadjis
May 25, 2022
The War in Ukraine, International Security, and the Left
Taras Bilous
May 24, 2022
From Taiwan to Ukraine
Wen Liu Brian Hioe
May 24, 2022
Pierre Rousset: A nova ordem geopolítica em tempo de guerra na Ucrânia
Pierre Rousset
May 24, 2022
Putin’s conquest of southeast Ukraine: Vexed questions of ‘negotiations’, gotcha moments and real imperial interests
Michael Karadjis
May 22, 2022
Mouvement social (Ukraine) : ce qui se passe en Ukraine et pourquoi la solidarité de gauche est importante
Nataliia Lomonosova Oleksandr Kyselov
May 20, 2022
Right To Weapons. How Can Leftists Support Ukraine?
Zakhar Popovych
May 20, 2022
Dopo una fase iniziale di russofobia (soprattutto istituzionale), a giudicare da quello che leggo su Facebook (e soprattutto a livello di gente comune, nei commenti alle varie testate), siamo nel pieno di una fase anti-Ucraina e anti-Zelensky.
Francesco Giulioli
May 18, 2022
Selvbestemmelse og krig i Ukraine: Derfor skal den europæiske venstrefløj støtte os!
Taras Bilous
May 18, 2022
Oekraïense Feministen Bekeken Door Een Westerse Bril
Elisa Moros
May 17, 2022
I falsi storici al tempo della guerra in Ucraina. I casi Canfora e D'Orsi
Luciano Capone
May 14, 2022
Les falsifications historiques au temps de la guerre en Ukraine. Les cas Canfora et D'Orsi
Luciano Capone
May 14, 2022
Autodeterminação e a Guerra na Ucrânia
Taras Bilous
May 14, 2022
Olivier Besancenot: "Sobre la guerra en Ucrania, en la izquierda opera una especie de parálisis política”
Olivier Besancenot Laurent Geslin Mathilde Goanec
May 13, 2022
Im Mahlwerk der Geopolitik
Jan Ole Arps, Sebastian Bähr, Nelli Tügel
May 12, 2022
A propos de l’appel du CCN de la CGT de ce 11 mai.
Arguments Pour La Lutte Sociale
May 12, 2022
Quindici tesi sull’attuale situazione internazionale
Ilario Salucci
May 11, 2022
Olivier Besancenot : « Une forme de paralysie politique travaille la gauche française sur la guerre en Ukraine »
Olivier Besancenot Laurent Geslin Mathilde Goanec
May 11, 2022
Συνέντευξη του Olivier Besancenot: Για την πολιτική παράλυση της αριστεράς στον πόλεμο στην Ουκρανία
Olivier Besancenot Laurent Geslin Mathilde Goanec
May 11, 2022
USA: When should we stop excusing the Russian invasion?
Bill Fletcher Jr. Bill Gallegos Jamala Rogers
May 11, 2022
Olivier Besancenot: “A form of political paralysis is affecting the French left over the war in Ukraine”
Olivier Besancenot Laurent Geslin Mathilde Goanec
May 11, 2022
Οι Ουκρανές φεμινίστριες κάτω από τα μάτια της Δύσης- Elisa Moros
Elisa Moros
May 9, 2022
Les féministes ukrainiennes sous les yeux de l'Occident
Elisa Moros
May 9, 2022
Ukrainian Feminists under Western Eyes
Elisa Moros
May 9, 2022
Frieden für uns, Besatzung für die Ukraine?
Christian Zeller
May 5, 2022
La Gauche Poutinisante, Ses Monstruosités Et La Question Nationale Ukrainienne
Yorgos Mitralias
May 4, 2022
The Putinist Left, its monstrosities and the Ukrainian national question
Yorgos Mitralias
May 4, 2022
Self-Determination and the War in Ukraine
Taras Bilous
May 4, 2022
The red-brown influencers now boosting the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement
Dale Street
May 2, 2022
Moscova și Washingtonul nu trebuie să decidă asupra viitorului Ucrainei
Taras Bilous
May 1, 2022
El fracaso de un “antimperialismo unidireccional”
Pierre Dardot Christian Laval
April 27, 2022
Válka na Ukrajině a postoj zemí globálního Jihu
Taras Bilous
April 23, 2022
Οι σπόροι του πολέμου
Αυτολεξεί
March 28, 2022
The greatest source of misinformation on Ukraine
Theo Horesh
March 21, 2022
Πόλεμος στην Ουκρανία: Δέκα μαθήματα από τη Συρία
Αυτολεξεί
March 19, 2022
"A esquerda não deve tolerar o imperialismo de Putin"
Vitaliy Dudin Frederico Fuentes
03/05/2022
H οργή ενός ανατολικοευρωπαίου για τη στάση της Δυτικής Αριστεράς
Αυτολεξεί
March 5, 2022
The American Pundits Who Can’t Resist “Westsplaining” Ukraine
Jan Smoleński Jan Dutkiewicz
March 4, 2022
¿Por qué la izquierda debe apoyar el derecho de Ucrania a defenderse?
Daria Saburova
March 1, 2022
Ukrayna: Joe Biden ve Vladimir Putin Ateşle Oynuyor
Gilbert Achcar
February 17, 2022
« Campisme » et réaction impérialiste contemporaine
Vincent Présumey
26/04/2022
Par-delà la ligne du front. À propos d'une déclaration commune des gauches russe et ukrainienne
SABUROVA Daria
2022-04-19T08:30:17Z
« Non à l’OTAN » ou la crise identitaire de la gauche espagnole
Elisa Moros
19/04/2022
Un mémorandum sur la position anti-impérialiste radicale concernant la guerre en Ukraine
Guerre contre l’Ukraine : quelle solidarité internationaliste ? Entretien avec Gilbert Achcar
Du bon usage du pacifisme de Jean Jaurès
Défaitisme révolutionnaire ou défaitisme contre-révolutionnaire ?
Débat. « Cohérence et incohérence au sujet de la guerre en Ukraine »
Interview with the Russian Socialist Movement: The Revolutionary Left in Russia on the Resistance behind Putin's Front
RSD João Woyzeck
Qu'est ce que cette guerre étrange où on interdit à l’Ukraine que Poutine « soit humilié » ?
Yorgos Mitralias
Open letter: Refusing to support Ukraine is grotesque
Christian Zeller
28/04/2022
When Putin Refutes the “Theories” of His Western Leftist Fans!
29/04/2022
Meet the Sneakiest Defenders of Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine
Mathew Foresta
29/04/2022
Evasions on the Left over Ukraine
Conor Kostick
26/04/2022
NO to NATO, or the identity crisis of the Spanish left
Elisa Moros
25/04/2022
The Ukrainian Pacifist Movement
Dale Street
25/04/2022
Harsh Critique of Chomsky on Ukraine
HELLER Stanley
2022-04-21T10:59:51Z
Offener Brief fordert von Scholz Stopp der Waffenlieferungen an die Ukraine
Kollektiv
22/04/2022
Ohne bewaffneten Widerstand ist der ukrainischen Lohnabhängigenklasse keine eigene Klassenposition möglich
João Woyzeck (BFS Zürich)
29/04/2022
Offener Brief: Der Ukraine die Unterstützung zu verweigern, ist grotesk
Christian Zeller
28/04/2022
OTAN no o la crisis de identidad de la izquierda española
Elisa Moros
14/04/2022
El “Campismo” y mi posición sobre la guerra. Carta a amigxs y colegas brasileños a propósito de la invasión a Ucrania
François Chesnais
14/04/2022
Negacionistas na guerra
Mário André Macedo
25/04/2022
O “Campismo” e a minha posição sobre a guerra
François Chesnais
14/04/2022
Immediate withdrawal of all Russian troops from Ukraine. Stand up against all imperialisms
Elaliberta.gr
Entretien avec Vladislav Starodoubtsev, membre de la direction de l’organisation socialiste ukrainienne Sotsialnyï Roukh (Mouvement social)
Vladyslav Starodubtsev Tom Harris
INTERVIU. Cercetător ucrainean la Oxford, despre momentul în care Rusia s-a decis să acționeze: „Cu Trump, Occidentul părea în descompunere”
Volodimir Artiukh Vasile Ernu

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