The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Ukraine War:
U.S. Does All the Targeting

Feb 20, 2023

The U.S. tries to keep up an appearance that it is not fighting a war in Ukraine—no, it is only supplying weapons to a population under siege. But then this week, Ukrainian military officials revealed that they rely on the United States to provide coordinates for their attacks that use the U.S.-made HIMARS precision rocket systems, and systems like it.

When the Ukrainians want to launch a precision rocket, they “almost always” run the coordinates through a NATO command center in Europe, because they do not want to waste limited and expensive ammunition, they say. The U.S. then immediately turns around more precise coordinates, using their satellites.

When the U.S. does not provide the coordinates, the Ukrainians say they do not launch the strike. According to one Ukrainian official, the U.S. is “controlling every shot” they take using precision rockets.

Once more, the U.S. gets to fight a war against Russia, using Ukrainian soldiers and with the Ukrainian population and Russian soldiers paying the price. There’s a word for that: a proxy war.