There are a number of important statements in circulation in support of the Ukrainian people and their resistance to Russian invasion and occupation.
Red Green Labour broadly supports the European statement reproduced below and also endorses the appeal for a united anti-war movement.
Neither fully draws out the ecological implications of the current war but both are broadly in line with the positions we set out in detail here.
We urge comrades to support both appeals.
Solidarity with Ukraine and against war
We, collectives of social movements, trade unions, organisations and parties, from
Eastern and Western Europe, oppose war and all neo-colonialism in the world,
want to build a network from below, independent of any government
1. The defence of an independent and democratic Ukraine!
2. The immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from all Ukrainian territory.
The end of the nuclear threat posed by the alerting of Russian nuclear weapons and
the bombing of Ukrainian power plants!
3. Support for the resistance (armed and unarmed) of the Ukrainian people in its
diversity, in defence of its right to self-determination
4. Cancellation of Ukraine’s foreign debt!
5. The non-discriminatory reception of all refugees – from Ukraine and elsewhere!
6. Support for the anti-war and democratic movement in Russia and the guarantee of
political refugee status for opponents of Putin and for Russian soldiers who desert!
7. Seizure of the assets of Russian government members, senior officials and oligarchs
in Europe and around the world; and financial and economic sanctions – protecting
the disadvantaged from their effects.
Beyond that, we are also fighting, together with like-minded currents in Ukraine and Russia:
8. For global nuclear disarmament. Against military escalation and the militarisation
9. For the dismantling of military blocs
10. To ensure that any aid to Ukraine is not subject to IMF or EU austerity conditions
11. Against productivism, militarism and imperialist competition for power and profit
that destroy our environment and our social and democratic rights.
At the end of the First World War, the ILO was founded on a universal statement:
“A universal and lasting peace can only be based on social justice”.
Today, we must add environmental justice and the rule of law: we fight for peace and equality, democratic freedoms, social and climate justice, through cooperation and solidarity between peoples.