UKRAINE. Swedish National Council member Robert Eklund comments on the war in Ukraine.
On Wednesday night, we heard the news that Russia had launched a full-scale military attack against its neighbour Ukraine. The Russian President stated during the night that Russia is conducting military operations in Donbas with the aim of “preventing Ukrainian aggression” and “demilitarising and de-Nazifying” Ukraine. The claim that the offensive concerns a small military operation limited to Donbas is contradicted by a large number of sources, with reports of air strikes against Ukrainian cities as far west as Lviv. There are also reports of Russian ground troops crossing the border between Ukraine and Belarus, and of fighting taking place on the outskirts of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv. Other reports mention Russian troops advancing westwards from Crimea, as well as Russian paratroopers seizing an airfield on the outskirts of Kiev.
The conflict in Ukraine has proceeded at a low intensity for several years, since igniting shortly after the end of the Maidan coup in 2014. The breakaway republics in Donbas – Donetsk and Luhansk – have been de facto self-governing during these years, albeit under strong influence from the Kremlin.
Ukraine, on the other hand, has edged ever closer to the USA and NATO, both economically and militarily. The country has received large subsidies from both the USA and the EU, often accompanied by political demands. It has also received generous deliveries of military assets, chiefly of a defensive kind, in the form of anti-tank and anti-aircraft defences. Since the beginning of the conflict, Western military instructors have also been present to train the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Ukrainian perspective is quite easy to understand, as their people had to suffer for many years under communist rule. Most countries that struggled under the communist boot after 1945 now harbour a strong aversion to falling under Russian influence once again.
Before this particular military conflict broke out, a number of demands were issued by Russia to the West, especially to the USA. These included the demand to end NATO’s eastward expansion, which from a Russian point of view is fairly reasonable and simple to understand. However, Russia’s demands, whether of a genuine nature or not, were met by a cold shoulder from an effectively united Western world.
Russia’s response to these negative answers came on Monday, when Putin officially recognised the Ukrainian breakaway republics, a move that was condemned by a united West. However, this condemnation rings rather hollow, as Russia is only following the West’s example when it comes to “legally” dividing countries. Here I am referring to Kosovo, which according to all normal procedures ought to belong to Serbia, but which was declared independent after military attacks by the USA and NATO.
The war is not really about Russia versus Ukraine. Rather, it is part of a larger conflict in which an increasingly expansive NATO stands opposed to a Russia that is, to some degree, being forced into a corner, but which also harbours revanchist dreams of reinstating itself as a global superpower that can impose its influence upon other countries, in the same way the American imperialists do.
We, the European people, now stand between two imperialist globalist blocs, one more powerful than the other. Our nations are being used as chess pieces in an increasingly aggressive geopolitical game. White Europeans are dying today, both on the Ukrainian and Russian sides. It is always tragic when our White folk comrades are sacrificed on the globalist altar. We cannot allow imperialist powers, whether they be called America or Russia, to dictate the conditions of how we in Europe choose to live and pursue our politics.
I do not believe that Ukrainian soldiers want to sacrifice their lives for the opportunity to allow homosexuals to parade on the streets of Kiev. I would rather believe that these soldiers, who are currently battling for their country, are fighting for the possibility of building a better Ukraine, free from the corrupt regime that was put in power by foreign interests. Western liberal democracy is not the solution to a Europe under threat. Nor is it the solution to preserving an independent Ukraine. Just as the solution to a free Ukraine and a free Europe is not Vladimir Putin and the Russian Republic.
Rather, the solution to hostile imperialist forces is known as Nationalism, or, more accurately, National Socialism. In any case, my position is clear. I stand 100% for Ukraine’s right to self-determination. A self-determination without Russian or American imperialist influence. A nationalist Ukraine, a healthy Ukraine that can serve as an inspiration to others.
Slava Ukraini! Heroiam slava!