Behind the headlines
Putin’s fellow travellers
The war in Ukraine has put me in a tricky spot, says George Monbiot in The Guardian. I’m an anti-imperialist, and I strongly oppose what Russia is doing. But many of my fellow travellers on the left – who’ve often been staunch allies – are so blinded by hatred for Western imperialism that they have swallowed Putin’s lie that Nato is as much to blame for the conflict as Moscow. The Stop the War coalition’s deputy president Andrew Murray says it’s a myth that Ukraine wants peace. Former Labour MP Chris Williamson calls the government of Ukraine a “post-coup, neo-Nazi backed, corrupt regime”.