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Russian Communists move to Recognize Donetsk and Luhansk

By Keaten Mansfield1/31/2022
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With tensions between Moscow and Western imperialist countries rising over the conflict in Ukraine, Russia’s 2nd largest political party, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF), has drafted a proposal to the State Duma for official recognition of the former Eastern Ukrainian provinces of Lugansk (LNR) and Donetsk (DNR) as independent People’s Republics. Spearheaded by KPRF General Secretary Gennady Zyuganov, the proposal seeks to greenlight humanitarian aid and official recognition from Moscow in the hopes of preventing a “genocide” by the Ukrainian government.

The Center for Political Innovation’s Editor-in-Chief and expert in geopolitics of the former Soviet Union, Donald Courter, has visited Donbass many times throughout the conflict, both to strengthen the ties of solidarity shared between America’s true progressives and the people’s republics struggling against fascism, as well as capture the contemporary state of the conflict in his upcoming documentary film. Courter shared the following insight: .

“Gennady Zyuganov’s comparison of the Ukrainian authorities’ actions to ‘genocide of its people’ is something I can personally attest, based on what I witnessed on multiple documentary filming trips throughout the People’s Republics of Novorossiya. The people of Donbass, military and civilian alike, live under constant artillery shelling from Ukrainian conscripts and neo-fascist national guard units. Children sprint to and from school in fear of indiscriminate mortar fire, taking refuge in basements when the firing starts. Unarmed civilians living near the line of confrontation are shot at by Ukrainian snipers for entertainment. Because Kiev claims Donbass is occupied by the Russian Federation, everyone east of the frontline is considered either an occupier or a collaborator. But that could not be farther from the truth. Although the civil administrations of LNR and DNR, representing the wishes of many Donbass residents, are calling for integration with Russia as a means to end the conflict, Moscow has not recognized these regions as political entities separate from Ukraine. The passing of Zyuganov’s resolution would indeed be ‘reasonable and morally justified,’ as the draft decree states, considering how much Western-support is clearly allowing Ukraine to evade accountability for the horrific attacks it is carrying out on what most of the world considers to be its own civilian population.”

Should the State Duma decide to recognize Lugansk and Donetsk as independent people’s republics, we can be confident the United States and NATO will begin to whip up more and more hysteria, making this already very tense situation worse.

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Keaten Mansfield is an author, full time analyst, and organizer for the Center for Political Innovation, as well as a guest commentator for PressTV. Born in the American Heartland, much of Mansfield’s work centers around the conditions of rural workers and farmers and kindling the Christian Socialist tradition.