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Arm yourself with the arguments—why it’s right to oppose Russia and Nato

A selection of our key articles on the Ukraine war—from the roots of the conflict to why it’s right to oppose Nato
Issue 2798
A crowd shot of the Stop The War demonstration in London people hold placards saying stop the war and no to war

The message on the Stop The War demonstration over Ukraine in London was clear—no to Russia’s invasion, no to Nato escalation (Picture: Guy Smallman)

Death rides out: Nato, Russia and the war in Ukraine

One year after the brutal invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, those who have opposed Russia and Nato stand vindicated, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans in the latest issue of the International Socialism journal (ISJ) 

Ukraine: Year one of a terrifying imperialist war

In the course of a year, the West and Russia have turned Ukraine into the site of a deadly proxy war. Socialist Worker looks at what’s behind the slaughter—and how it can be stopped

Ukraine—say no to imperialism east and west

The UCU university and college union conference recently passed a motion opposing war in Ukraine that was critical of Nato as well as the Russian invasion. The union’s leaders have vowed to overthrow it. Sean Vernell, who moved the motion, answers questions raised by critics

Imperialism, war and the Eurasian faultline

Rob Ferguson looks at the history of inter-imperialist competition between Russia and the US over the “near abroad” in the ISJ. 

The conflict in Ukraine is an imperialist proxy war

What’s happening in Ukraine isn’t just a national struggle against Russia. It’s a proxy war between imperialist powers, argues Alex Callinicos

The great power grab—imperialism and the war in Ukraine

In this article, Alex Callinicos looks at how the classical Marxist theory of imperialism can explain the war in Ukraine

Ukraine and anti-imperialism — Gilbert Achcar and Alex Callinicos debate

In this piece, we publish Lebanese Marxist Gilbert Achcar’s reply to the article above—and Callinicos’ response to it.  

How capitalist competition threatens new war in Ukraine 

Written in the run-up to the Russian invasion, this article looks at why Ukraine is at the centre of inter-imperialist rivalry between the West and Russia.  

Ukraine—the shadow of 2014 on today’s war 

The Ukraine conflict began long before Russia’s invasion. In this article, Rob Ferguson looks at why imperial rivalry and nationalist division have torn Ukraine apart since 2014. 


What’s the alternative to Nato intervention in Ukraine?

“So if you don’t want Nato to use its power and weapons, how are you going to stop the Russians? You’re letting the killers win.” That’s a question that anyone who opposes Western escalation in Ukraine must have faced. In this article, we argue real hopes lies with the anti-war movements in Russia and the West and Ukrainian resistance independent of Nato

Azov, the far right and ‘national myths’ in Ukraine

How important are fascist groups such as the Azov regiment in Ukraine?

Ukraine — a history of war and repression

In this piece, read about how Ukraine’s history is scarred by repression with imperialist powers using the country for their own gain.

Ukraine and imperialism — Alex Callinicos replies to Paul Mason

Left wing writer Paul Mason criticised our opposition to US imperialism in the Ukraine crisis. Alex Callinicos explains where Mason’s gone wrong

Prepare for a new phase of the war in Ukraine

As the West prepares for a drawn-out war with Russia—sustained by tens of billions of dollars of US military aid to Ukraine, there can be no more doubt this is now an inter-imperialist war.

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