A Conference on Resistance, Reconstruction and Transformation of Ukraine Ukraine’s courageous struggle for freedom from Russian imperialism is central to European and global politics today. An important international discussion is underway on Ukraine's economic, social and ecological recovery from the effects of war. The UK government is hosting an international Ukraine Recovery Conference in London … Continue reading ANOTHER UKRAINE IS POSSIBLE
UKRAINIANS UNDER THE TSARS
John-Paul Himka Tsar Nicholas II walks in the grounds of the Monastery of the Caves in Kyiv, 1911. Although many people think of Ukraine as part of Russia, Russia did not aquire any territories inhabited by Ukrainians until the late seventeenth century, in the aftermath of the cossack rebellion against Poland that erupted in 1648. At … Continue reading UKRAINIANS UNDER THE TSARS
UKRAINE PEACE APPEAL
TOWARDS A MORE INFORMED SOLIDARITY - FROM UKRAINIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONSTO PACIFIST AND PEACEBUILDING MOVEMENTS WORLDWIDE 1. We, Ukrainian civil society activists, feminists, peacebuilders, mediators, dialogue facilitators, human rights defenders and academics, recognise that a growing strategic divergence worldwide has led to certain voices, on the left and right and amongst pacifists to argue for an end … Continue reading UKRAINE PEACE APPEAL
STAND WITH UKRAINE – A message to UCU Congress Delegates
UCU Congress 2023 Invasion and war On 24th February 2022 Russia invaded Ukraine in a continuation of the war that began when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. This was a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and a denial of the right of Ukraine to exist as a nation. It was a project to overthrow the existing … Continue reading STAND WITH UKRAINE – A message to UCU Congress Delegates
CIVIL SERVICE UNION CONFERENCE VOTES TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE
The Public and Commercia Services Union Annual Conference voted overwhelmingly to condemns the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine and confirms its solidarity with the Ukrainian people and trade unions. The Public and Commercia Services Union Annual Conference voted overwhelmingly to condemns the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine and confirms its solidarity with the Ukrainian … Continue reading CIVIL SERVICE UNION CONFERENCE VOTES TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE
University College Union Congress 2023
BACK THE MOTION TO BUILD SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE Teh UCU Congress 2023 will be held at the SEC Centre, Glasgow from Saturday 27 May - Monday 29 May 2023. The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign has held a fringe meeting with ahead of congress and our supporters in UCU are calling for support for the National Executive Committee motion … Continue reading University College Union Congress 2023
National Education Union UKRAINE SOLIDARITY & SCHOOLS SUPPORT
We republish below information on an initiative in the National Education Union to build solidarity with Ukrianian teachers. This NEU members initiative is focused here on support for the affiliated union of the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine it is important to recognise the need to extend solidarity to all teachers unions including the … Continue reading National Education Union UKRAINE SOLIDARITY & SCHOOLS SUPPORT
Democratic Developments in Nineteenth-Century Ukraine
John-Paul Himka I estimate that in 1815 about 90 percent of those who used the Ukrainian language in their daily life were enserfed peasants. They were also the only ones who retained and continued to creatively develop traditional folkways. The Ukrainian elite in the Russian empire – mainly descendents of the former cossack officer class … Continue reading Democratic Developments in Nineteenth-Century Ukraine
Ukrainian Rail Union Backs ASLEF Strike
VPZU States we are ready for solidarity actions in support of your courageous fight! The Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine (VPZU) has written to Mick Whelan General Secretary of the train drivers union ASLEF with a message of solidarity to all members who are due to stake strike action at 15 companies … Continue reading Ukrainian Rail Union Backs ASLEF Strike
Victory in this war is vital to the freedom not just of the Ukrainian people but to that of the entire region and beyond.
Help the The Cooper Andrews Memorial Fund On 19 April 2023, African-American volunteer was killed in the fighting at Bakhmut. He was a leftist activist, in Cleveland OH. A man of action he had served in the Marines and fought with the Kurdish YPG against ISIS Syria. With the start of the full-scale Russian invasion, … Continue reading Victory in this war is vital to the freedom not just of the Ukrainian people but to that of the entire region and beyond.
UCU Congress Online Fringe Meeting
Ukraine Solidarity Campaign Trade union conferences are debating what attitude unions should take on the war in Ukraine and what solidarity we can offer to our fellow workers in Ukraine and to Russian war resisters. The Scottish TUC recently adopted a robust policy to stand in solidarity with Ukraine. See: STUC Stands in Solidarity with Ukraine … Continue reading UCU Congress Online Fringe Meeting
ASLEF: Генеральний секретар британської профспілки машинісьтів відповів на безпідставні звинувачення міністра
Мік Вілан, генеральний секретар ASLEF зустріч з українськими воїнами в Києві, лютий 2022. Mick Whelan General Secretary of ASLEF (far left) in Kyiv, February 2022 meeting Ukrainian soldiers Мік Вілан, генеральний секретар британської профспілки машиністів ASLEF, відповів на безпідставні закижи міністра транспорту Великої Британії, що ASLEF не солідарна з Україною. Мік Вілан, генеральний секретар британської … Continue reading ASLEF: Генеральний секретар британської профспілки машинісьтів відповів на безпідставні звинувачення міністра
Scottish TUC stands in solidarity with Ukraine
The STUC conference held in Dundee 17-19 April adopted overwhelmingly a motion drafted by its general council in solidarity with Ukraine. The STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said in moving the motion that Ukraine had been invaded and occupied, that we must stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and support their acts of … Continue reading Scottish TUC stands in solidarity with Ukraine
Sad News from the Bakhmut Front – Volunteer fighters killed in action
Eternal Memory and Glory to the Fallen Heroes! The following reports have been published by the Колективи Солідарності and Соціальний рух in Ukraine on the recent loss of a number of volunteer fighters in the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the battle for Bakhmut in the Donbas region. This is a text that is … Continue reading Sad News from the Bakhmut Front – Volunteer fighters killed in action
UKRAINE: LESSONS FROM HISTORY FOR TODAY’S FREEDOM STRUGGLES
Speaker: JOHN-PAUL HIMKA The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is hosting a memorial meeting for our comrade Marko Bojcun who died recently. Our guest speaker is the historian John Paul-Himka who is author of a range of important works on Ukrainian history. Come and join us for the evening. The meeting will joined by on-line speakers:Denys Pilash … Continue reading UKRAINE: LESSONS FROM HISTORY FOR TODAY’S FREEDOM STRUGGLES
STUC STAND BY UKRAINE REJECT THE FAKE ‘PEACE’ COMPOSITE
Scottish Trades Union Congress 2023 The half dozen templated motions on Ukraine submitted to this year’s STUC congress, (17th-19th April, Dundee) have been amalgamated into a single composite , to be discussed on the Wednesday morning of the congress. Masquerading as pseudo-pacifist ‘peace proposals’, the composite is riddled with factual inaccuracies, political misrepresentations and empty … Continue reading STUC STAND BY UKRAINE REJECT THE FAKE ‘PEACE’ COMPOSITE
What Might This War Do to Russia?
John-Paul Himka This is the third installment of a trilogy of texts from a historian’s perspective about the possibility of democratic change in Russia. In the first, I pointed out that Russia doesn’t have much of a democratic tradition in its political culture and that there have only been a few moments of potential transition … Continue reading What Might This War Do to Russia?
APPEAL TO UNIONS IN THE CAR INDUSTRY
UKRAINIAN WORKERS NEED YOU TO HELP THEM WIN We are making an urgent appeal to trade unions organised in the car industry to assist the KVPU – the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine. We are asking you to follow the example of trade unions at the Renault Group, who convinced the company to donate … Continue reading APPEAL TO UNIONS IN THE CAR INDUSTRY
IN MEMORY OF MARKO BOJCUN 1951 – 2023
By Christopher Ford Marko Bojcun, historian, political economist, and founder of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign died on 11th March 2023 at the age of 72, after a long struggle with cancer. He was cremated on 23 March in a private ceremony with his family. I was introduced to Marko by the scholar Bohdan Krawchenko … Continue reading IN MEMORY OF MARKO BOJCUN 1951 – 2023
FREE MAKSYM BUTKEVYCH!
On 10 March, 2023, a kangaroo court in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian region of Luhansk sentenced POW Maksym Butkevych, a lifelong Ukrainian human rights activist from the Left, to thirteen years in a high-security prison. Maksym Butkevych was among thousands of peaceful Ukrainians who volunteered for the Armed Forces of Ukraine immediately after Russia’s full-scale invasion … Continue reading FREE MAKSYM BUTKEVYCH!
Solidarity, decency, socialism: in memory of Marko Bojcun
Denys Pilash On March 11th 2023 our friend and comrade of Commons, known political economist, political scientist, labour movement historian and an activist of left-wing movements and solidarity with Ukraine, Marco Bojcun, passed away. He played an important role in keeping the flame of the Ukrainian left alive and in giving it, through emigrants and dissidents, … Continue reading Solidarity, decency, socialism: in memory of Marko Bojcun
The People of Ukraine are fighting, they cannot win without international support!
Our Aid Arrives to help the Education Trade Union in the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ukraine Solidarity Campaign has delivered another vehicle to trade unionists in Ukraine engaged in resistance to the Russian invasion. With money raised in the labour movement, from trade unionists and socialists we obtained a pick up truck in Poland with … Continue reading The People of Ukraine are fighting, they cannot win without international support!
Defend trade unions – expel Russian forces
Oksana Holota says labour rights and social justice are central to the Ukraine we are fighting for Members of the NGPU - Independent Trade Union of Mineworkers of Ukraine Below is a text based on a talk by Oksana Holota of KVPU (Confederation of Free Trade Unions at the Solidarity With Ukraine conference in London on 11th … Continue reading Defend trade unions – expel Russian forces
Labour rights and social justice are central to the Ukraine we are fighting for!
This article by Oksana Holota, representative of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine and lawyer, is based on a talk she gave at the Solidarity With Ukraine conference in London on 11 March Oksana Holota centre, from Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine Good evening, everyone. I am grateful for the invitation … Continue reading Labour rights and social justice are central to the Ukraine we are fighting for!
Support Ukrainian workers at the front!
DONATE TO AID THE CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS OF UKRAINE We are raising money to buy a Nissan Pickup 4x4 vehicle for Ukraine’s 80th Brigade, which includes miners, teachers and other activists from the KVPU union federation, the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine. At this crucial point in the war, help us … Continue reading Support Ukrainian workers at the front!
Ukraine, Invasion,Resistance and the Struggle for Freedom
MONDAY, 13 MARCH 2023 AT 20:00 Online event WEBINAR JOIN HERE Please click the link below to join the webinar:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89828028999...Passcode: 757633 Or input these details:Webinar ID: 898 2802 8999Passcode: 757633
VICTORY OVER RUSSIA IS A PRIORITY, BUT WE CANNOT BE SILENT ABOUT WORKERS.
Interview with Pavlo Holota of the Independent Union of Mineworkers Pavlo Holota is a leading activist of the NGPU (Independent Trade Union of Mineworkers of Ukraine), which is an affiliate of the KVPU (Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine). The mine where Pavlo was a union leader is in the city of Novovolynsk which … Continue reading VICTORY OVER RUSSIA IS A PRIORITY, BUT WE CANNOT BE SILENT ABOUT WORKERS.
A reply to the Campist supporters of Julia Lauria
Allan Armstrong A reply to the Campist supporters of Julia Lauria editor in chief of Consortium News claims in More Evidence Emerges That US Wanted Russia to Invade This is just a rehash of Putin's propaganda which includes a few half- truths amongst a host of lies, starting with:- Maidan being a US backed ‘coup’. … Continue reading A reply to the Campist supporters of Julia Lauria
AID IN SOLIDARITY ARRIVES THE FRONT
Welsh Labour Member of the Senedd (Parliament of Wales) Mick Antoniw and Alun Davies have delivered a package of aid funded by the labour movement in Wales to the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine affiliated union of miners PRUP. The vehicle and aid is now at the front in Donbas – this is what … Continue reading AID IN SOLIDARITY ARRIVES THE FRONT
IS RUSSIA IRREDEEMABLE?
John-Paul Himka In a previous contribution to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, I outlined how three historical moments of democratic transition in Russia were aborted and how the kind of centralized, repressive, and aggressive government represented by tsarism, Stalin, and now Putin has reasserted itself. I ended that piece with a question: Can Russia break out … Continue reading IS RUSSIA IRREDEEMABLE?
UKRAINE: ONE YEAR AFTER THE ALL-OUT INVASION
Parliamentary Briefing Ukraine Solidarity Campaign Content Summary: The Military Situation and Possibilities The War and The Economy of Ukraine Workers’ Rights and Labour Law The Losses Of Ukrainian Economy And Society Appendix 1 Tanks and Military Aid for Ukraine EDM Appendix 2 Stand with Ukraine – UK Solidarity Statement For further information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: … Continue reading UKRAINE: ONE YEAR AFTER THE ALL-OUT INVASION
LABOUR MOVEMENT STANDS BY UKRAINE
PACKED PUBLIC MEETING DECLARES CONTINUED SOLIDARITY Amongst a range of events to mark the anniversary of Russia’s all-out invasion the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign held a public meeting in Parliament hosted by Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP on 21 February. The event was packed to hear platform which included Oksana Holota of the KVPU (Confederation of Free Trade … Continue reading LABOUR MOVEMENT STANDS BY UKRAINE
Statement of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine One year into the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine
On February 24, 2022, the Russian army treacherously attacked our country and started a fullscale war with the bombing of peaceful cities and villages and infrastructure objects. Last year, since the beginning of the unprovoked military invasion of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine, enormous damage has been done to our country. Tens … Continue reading Statement of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine One year into the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine
The invasion of Ukraine one year on
Fred Leplat Friday 24 February 2023 will mark one year since the Russian army invaded Ukraine on the orders of Putin and his regime. A year of indescribable suffering and bloodshed for the Ukrainian people. Tens of thousands of Ukrainians have died and millions of civilians are refugees abroad or are internally displaced. Innumerable war … Continue reading The invasion of Ukraine one year on
Стань з Україною – заява солідарності Великої Британії та заклик до протестів до річниці російського вторгнення
Ми закликаємо та підтримуємо протести, акції та зустрічі на знак солідарності з Україною в останній тиждень лютого - під час глобального тижня дій, організованого Європейською мережею солідарності з Україною та іншими організаціями, приуроченого до річниці російського вторгнення. Жертви російської війни в Україні обчислюються десятками тисяч, переміщені особи - багатьма мільйонами, збитки - десятками мільярдів фунтів … Continue reading Стань з Україною – заява солідарності Великої Британії та заклик до протестів до річниці російського вторгнення
Stand with Ukraine – UK solidarity statement and call for protests for the anniversary of Russia’s invasion
We are calling for and supporting protests, actions and meetings in solidarity with Ukraine in the last week of February – during the global week of action organised by the European Network for Solidarity with Ukraine and others, marking the anniversary of Russia’s invasion. The casualties of Russia’s war in Ukraine are counted in tens … Continue reading Stand with Ukraine – UK solidarity statement and call for protests for the anniversary of Russia’s invasion
The War on Ukraine and the Cost of Living Crisis
Andy Kilmister Analyses of the impact of the war in Ukraine on economic conditions elsewhere have become increasingly bewildering. The UK government has used the war throughout the last year as an excuse for its economic failure. Early estimates of the war’s impact from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and from the … Continue reading The War on Ukraine and the Cost of Living Crisis
LABOUR MOVEMENT STANDS WITH UKRAINE
PUBLIC MEETING - ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN ALL OUT INVASION OF UKRAINE The casualties of Russia’s war in Ukraine are counted in tens of thousands, the displaced in many millions, the damage in billions of pounds. The invading forces are systematically committing crimes including killing of civilians, rape, destruction of infrastructure, and forced displacement and … Continue reading LABOUR MOVEMENT STANDS WITH UKRAINE
Five Theoretical Reflections on Ukrainian Resistance
Anton Tarasyuk Ukraine! I can't endure you, All my feelings translate into hate, When you're primitive and look amateur, When you have no thoughts in your head. I love you when you differ—and rebel, When the Dnipro river, with fury, roars, When you think, when you see, when you hear, When you carry the pitcher … Continue reading Five Theoretical Reflections on Ukrainian Resistance
British MPs demand bigger tank donations to Ukraine
UKRAINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN - PRESS RELEASE. Ukraine Solidarity Campaign Cross-party motion asks for Warriors, Scimitars and Challenger tanks in increased numbers A cross-party alliance of MPs, including Labour backbenchers and frontbench spokesmen from the SNP have today tabled an Early Day Motion to Parliament calling for a significant increase in UK heavy weapons donations to … Continue reading British MPs demand bigger tank donations to Ukraine
The Stop the War trade union conference and Ukraine
Mohan Sen I only made the second half of the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) trade union conference on 21 January, but I think I got a pretty good sense of the event’s politics. It was broadly what I expected. What was said about opposing war and militarism in general, and increased militarisation and military … Continue reading The Stop the War trade union conference and Ukraine
Putin can be defeated
Dan Katz German chancellor Olaf Scholz Much of the British far left — groups such as the Communist Party,Socialist Worker, and Socialist Appeal — see the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a war between NATO and Russia, fought on Ukrainian soil. They argue that the US and NATO provoked Russia, in order to isolate Russia and … Continue reading Putin can be defeated
THE FRAILTY OF RUSSIAN DEMOCRACY
John-Paul Himka The past does not determine the future, but it certainly has a substantial influence on it. In this text, I want to consider how Russia’s previous experiences with democratic transition have helped create the condition of that state now – an authoritarian state that stifles basic civic rights at home and wages a … Continue reading THE FRAILTY OF RUSSIAN DEMOCRACY
Crimean People’s Republic
By Vladyslav Starodubtsev Hryhoriy Potemkin wrote in 1794: "Remove Tatars from Belbek, Kacha, Sudak, Uskut, Old Crimea, and generally from mountainous regions; of those Tatars who live in the steppes, no one should be left behind; and if any of the Moors wish to leave, they should be immediately added to the appropriate list and … Continue reading Crimean People’s Republic
Ukraine: I am writing to you on behalf of the trolleybus drivers of Kharkiv
Vitaliy, trolleybus driver in Khakiv I am writing to you on behalf of the trolleybus drivers of depot 2 and Saltovsky trolleybus depot in Kharkiv. For many years there have been problems with massive violations of safety regulations, labour legislation and wages in our companies. Kharkiv trolleybus drivers have the lowest wages in Ukraine, about … Continue reading Ukraine: I am writing to you on behalf of the trolleybus drivers of Kharkiv
MODEL MOTION FOR TRADE UNION CONFERENCES
SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE This Congress condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine of February 2022, launched from the Russian Federation, Belarus and Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory. We salute the resistance of the Ukrainian people and its labour movement to this act of imperialist aggression. For the sake of democracy and resisting growing authoritarian tendencies globally, we are for … Continue reading MODEL MOTION FOR TRADE UNION CONFERENCES
LABOUR MUST HELP UKRAINE WIN THE WAR
We will soon be approaching one year since Russia launched the genocidal all-out invasion of Ukraine on 24 February. This new year provides us with an vantage point to consider what has happened and our approach in the period ahead. It is one in which Labour must do all in its power to help Ukraine … Continue reading LABOUR MUST HELP UKRAINE WIN THE WAR
[Book Review] Ukraine: Voices of Resistance and Solidarity
RICHARD ABERNETHY The war in Ukraine has generated a vast amount of reportage, analysis, opinion and debate (and also propaganda and disinformation), but the voices of the Ukrainian Left – socialists, feminists, union activists – are too seldom heard. This book does much to fill that gap. Most of the contributors to this collection of … Continue reading [Book Review] Ukraine: Voices of Resistance and Solidarity