Russia – Ukraine War: America’s Proxy War and the Danger of a World War – Part 1
On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale military invasion on Ukraine in the name of ‘special military operation to eliminate the neo-Nazis’. It’s been more than two months and the war is still going on.
The United States is waging this war from outside of Ukraine through a number of means, including imposing economic sanctions against Russia, arming Ukraine, unleashing false propaganda against Russia and thereby pressuring, and trying to unite countries that are anti-Russian.
Russia, at the same time, Ukraine & NATO say that this war could last long and they should be prepared for this. None of these sides is ready for a ceasefire and to indulge in peace talks. In particular, the US, which is waging a proxy war against Russia, is not ready to retreat.
War crises – Burden on the people
It is the working people of Ukraine who are the victims of this inter-imperialist dogfight. The news of the plight of parents who write addresses on their backs to identify their children if they get killed during the war is heart-wrenching. But Ukraine’s ruling neo-Nazi mob is using their own people, including women and children, as human shields to prevent the Russian military from advancing in the war.
More than fourty lakh people (40,19,287) have fled Ukraine since the beginning of the war, says the UN Human Rights Commission. 90 per cent of those who left were women and children. Since men between the ages 18 and 60 will be needed for forced conscription, the Nazi Ukrainian government did not allow them to exit.
But the American and the European media are propagating a series of one-sided ghost stories that the Russian troops are killing Ukrainian civilians in clusters.
Russia is the third largest producer of petrol in the world and the second largest producer of natural gas. The wheat requirements of many countries were being met through exports from Ukraine and Russia. Therefore, as a result of this war, the price of gas is on the rise; There is a shortage of wheat in many countries. Moreover, the crises created by the war, such as rising prices of raw materials and essential commodities, are falling on the heads of the working people around the world.
The threat of a Third World War!
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who visited Ukraine on April 24 met President Zelensky and openly declared that the US wanted to see Russia’s military capabilities weakened.
Ukrainian President Zelensky, America’s pet, howled to his master, “We need weapons, more and more weapons”. Next to the US, the UK is also actively engaged in the war. It has stationed 8,000 troops in eastern Europe, bordering Russia.
The US government is pouring money into Ukraine to counter Russia. When the war began, it immediately released $130 million. At the beginning of March, it allocated $200 million. Shortly thereafter, it announced another $800 million. President Biden has now obtained the approval of the US Congress to provide up to $35 billion to help Ukraine.
In addition to the financial aid, the US is providing Ukraine with deadly combat equipments, including anti-craft missile systems, artillery, missiles and sophisticated guns, as well as the help of its intelligence services.
Biden has passed the ‘Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022’ in the Congress for the uninterrupted supply of weapons to Ukraine. The Act was first enacted in 1941 to supply England with its weapons during World War II. Now Biden has revived it for Ukraine. The legislation was passed with a majority (417-to-10 vote) with the support of both the Republicans and Democrats.
Not only the United States, but two-thirds of the 30-member NATO alliance countries supply weapons to Ukraine. This is the reason behind Ukraine’s survival of the attack by the military superpower Russia for this long.
And on April 19, 43 countries, including the US-led NATO countries, came together in Germany to form a coalition to help Ukraine in the war. These countries have offered to provide Ukraine with financial assistance for war spending and buying arms. These countries have scheduled to discuss their plan every month.
Given these conditions, the US’s Cold War against Russia poses the risk of a third world war. This is what the United States and Russia are saying alternately. Therefore, both sides are engaged in preparations for war, and are declaring their intentions openly s any hesitation.
Continuation of Cold War and Ukraine’s inclusion in NATO
Inorder to understand about the Russia – Ukraine war, we need to first understand about the cold war. We need to look into this in two parts: period between late 1950’s and 1991 & from 1991 till date.
At the end of World War II, the United States began to grow into a super power in the imperialist camp. In the late 1950s, the revisionists restored capitalism in the Soviet Union, which was a socialist country; The Socialist Soviet Union, therefore, degenerated into social imperialism (socialist in words; imperialistic in action) and entered into a contest with the United States for world hegemony.
Earlier, in 1945 – at the end of World War II, the countries under the clutches of fascist Hitler were liberated by the Soviet Red Army. It included Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, Poland and East Germany. All these countries became socialist republics under the leadership of the Communist Party.
Fearing the spread of socialism, imperialists including the United States, Britain and France formed a political-military alliance called NATO to counter the Soviet Union.
In 1949, 12 countries from the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, England, and the USA, formed NATO through an agreement. NATO is an abbreviation for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Soviet social imperialism, on the other hand, turned the socialist countries of Eastern Europe into hung flesh for its exploitation; And in 1955, in order to counter NATO, it unified those countries and established the Warsaw Treaty Organization (WTO). It is also a politico-military alliance similar to that of NATO.
In the Cold War, which lasted for more than 35 years, Soviet social imperialism, caught up in the politico-economic crises of 1990-1992, lost to the United States. In the late ’90s, the Warsaw Pact was dissolved. The Soviet Union also got disintegrated, as 14 countries withdrew from the Soviet Union. But during the same period, the US-led NATO alliance expanded to include Greece, Turkey, West Germany and Spain.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland joined NATO in 1999; Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia in 2004; Albania and Croatia in 2009; Montenegro in 2017; In 2020, North Macedonia also joined NATO.
The NATO force, which consisted solely of the North Atlantic region, is the world’s largest military conglomerate, incorporating most of the Eastern European countries, including the former Soviet member states. At present, 30 countries are its members.
During the Cold War, the US-led NATO defied its promise to Russia that it would not expand further eastwards. The NATO countries are now encircling Russia.
Countries bordering Russia’s territory, such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, are in NATO. The United States is also seeking to include Ukraine, which currently shares a vast territory with Russia, into NATO. Like Ukraine, countries including Norway, Sweden and Poland have expressed their willingness to join NATO.
The United States regards Ukraine as a place of geo-political significance. It aims not only to expand its territorial dominance, but also to encircle and attack Russia. Inorder to counter this, Russia has waged war on Ukraine. So this war is not a sudden event. It is a continuation of the Cold War between the US and Russia.
Pre-production work of the American Proxy War
Since 2000, the world’s military spending has almost doubled. In 2021, the global military spending was around $2 trillion. More than half of this is from NATO countries.
Between 1991 and 2021, the United States provided large-scale military aid to Ukraine. Between 1991 and 2014, the US provided about $3.8 billion in military aid. Comparatively, in a short span of time between 2014 – 2021, military aid provided was $2.4 billion.
It is not that the US and the NATO alliance have been providing aid to Ukraine only after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine; The above figures illustrate that the US has been preparing for a proxy war against Russia for a very long time.
Islamic extremist groups such as Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban have been nurtured in Islamic countries by the CIA, the intelligence agency of the US, and the country’s military headquarters. Similar to that, $5 billion was spent to raise a neo-Nazi gang called Azov Batallion in Ukraine.
In the ongoing war, it is not only the Ukrainian army that is fighting the Russian troops, but also the neo-Nazi armed force called the Azov Battalion is also fighting alongside them. The weapons sent by the US go under the control of this group.
The US has also carried out coups to create a puppet regime in its favor in Ukraine. In the 2004 Presidential election, Viktor Yanukovych, a Russian supporter, became President. Unable to tolerate this, the US, through its loyalist cliques, staged a coup in Ukraine in the name of ‘Orange Revolution’ and made pro-US leader Viktor Yushchenko as President.
In the 2010 election, Russian supporter Yanukovych became President again. He wanted to revive his relationship with Russia. Against this, neo-Nazi mob nurtured by the US, took to the streets. Yanukovych stepped down as President as a result of the political crisis. Fascist mobs seized power. Zelensky, who is currently in power, is also the blessed President of the neo-Nazi clique.
Racist Ukrainian neo-Nazi gangs have been staging racial repressions and violations on the Russian-dominated Crimean Peninsula and the Donbas region. More than 14,000 people have been killed in this civil war. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 through a military operation.
(to be continued…)