This edition of International Correspondence has as its central theme the war in Ukraine. Right before it went to print, the news announced some progress in the negotiations between Russia and Ukraine, based on 15 points. Meanwhile, the criminal bombings have not stopped, especially on the long-suffering Mariupol that continues to resist the Russian military siege.
We don’t know what the situation will be when the magazine reaches our readers. We cannot raise any expectations in the negotiations while a genocidal person like Putin is involved in them. First of all, we trust in the heroic resistance of the Ukrainian people who managed to bog down the Russian invasion. Thousands and thousands of men and women have taken up arms alongside the Ukrainian army. The images of women making Molotov cocktails shocked the world. Artists, journalists and athletes joined the resistance. The three best Ukrainian tennis players in history have joined the fight, including Andrei Medvedev, who won the 1999 Roland Garros final.
Second, we trust in the global mobilisation to defeat the invader Putin and his troops. Hundreds of thousands take to the streets of Berlin, Rome, Prague, London, Madrid, Barcelona, New York, and the rest of the world. Protests are also growing in Russia. A journalist in Moscow took a risk and came out with a poster against the invasion on state television.
Our solidarity has nothing to do with the cynical opposition to the invasion of the Bidens, Macrons or Boris Johnsons and the rest of imperialism, who have invaded and bombed, with the support of NATO, Vietnam, Iraq, the Balkans, and Afghanistan.
The IWU-FI, its sections, and militants feel part of this resistance and the world movement, under the slogans of “Putin out of Ukraine”, “Support for the resistance” and “No to NATO”. From these pages, we continue to fight for the broadest unity of action to defeat Putin’s invasion.