‘Death sentences’ of British & Moroccan POWs in occupied Donbas show clearly why Russia must be driven out of all of Ukraine

By Halya Coynash of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group From left Aiden Aslin, Brahim Saadoun and Shaun Pinner Photo from the proxy Donetsk ’republic’ The Ukraine Solidarity Campaign is calling for the release of the three soldiers being held hostage by the Russian forces in Donetsk. On Saturday 25 June 12:00 we have a protest … Continue reading ‘Death sentences’ of British & Moroccan POWs in occupied Donbas show clearly why Russia must be driven out of all of Ukraine

Ukraine: making a war of liberation

Interview with Vladyslav Starodubtsev Vladyslav Starodubtsev, an activist of the socialist organisation Sotsialniy Rukh (Social Movement) in Ukraine, spoke to Tom Harris. TH: The war has shifted focus towards the Donbas. What does the shift signify about the course of the war? How does it change the day-to-day experience of the war? And what kind of … Continue reading Ukraine: making a war of liberation

We must stop letting Russia define the terms of the Ukraine crisis

Slavoj Žižek Russia claimed it may be “forced to take retaliatory steps” if Finland joins Nato. No, it will not be “forced,” in the same way that Russia was not “forced” to attack Ukraine. A question like ‘Did US intelligence-sharing with Ukraine cross a line?’ forgets the fact that it was Russia that crossed the … Continue reading We must stop letting Russia define the terms of the Ukraine crisis

WITH THE RESISTENCE OF THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE FOR ITS VICTORY AGAINST THE AGGRESSION

As in the days of the Vietnamese people's liberation struggle, we have always been on the side of the oppressed and aggressed peoples, whether by the United States (and its NATO allies) or by the USSR (and its Warsaw Pact allies).We are aware that, crossing the various oceans and continents, the struggle for national and social … Continue reading WITH THE RESISTENCE OF THE UKRAINIAN PEOPLE FOR ITS VICTORY AGAINST THE AGGRESSION

Solidarity Message to UCU Congress from Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine

To the delegates of the Сongress ofthe University and Colleges Union Dear colleagues,The Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine on behalf of all Ukrainianeducators extends warm greetings and strong solidarity message to you.Unfortunately, there is a war in our country, the war cynically waged by the russian federationagainst Ukraine, against humanity, against … Continue reading Solidarity Message to UCU Congress from Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine

Stand with Ukraine and its labour movement: a letter to UCU Congress delegates and activists

From Denis Pilash, political scientist at Kyiv National University and activist in Ukrainian socialist organisation Sotsialniy Rukh (Social Movement), and Rhian Keyse, Birkbeck UCU and incoming UCU NEC member Dear comrades, At its Congress this week, UCU has the opportunity to take a strong stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and its labour … Continue reading Stand with Ukraine and its labour movement: a letter to UCU Congress delegates and activists

Ukraine, Resistance and Reconstruction: Issues for the post-war recovery 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5AdTrUczOA The Russian invasion of Ukraine is now in its third month in what is recognised as the largest European conflict since World War II.  Ukrainian resistance has been an inspiration and discussions are beginning on how best to organise Ukraine’s post-war recovery.   The rebuilding of Ukraine will be one of the most challenging undertakings … Continue reading Ukraine, Resistance and Reconstruction: Issues for the post-war recovery 

PCS Union affiliates to Ukrainian Solidarity Campaign

The Public and Commercial Services Union Conference voted on 25 MAy unanimously to affiliate with the Ukrainian Solidarity Campaign and support trade unionists in the war-torn country.  Conference voted in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and to support their struggle against the Russian invasion.  In affiliating with USC, the union will also support the trade union … Continue reading PCS Union affiliates to Ukrainian Solidarity Campaign

As Ukrainian Workers Resist Invasion – a new labour law threatens to abolish their rights.

Ukrainian trade unions and social activists have described as a disgrace a new bill on the simplification of labour relations No. 5371, this attack on workers’ rights is rapidly making its way through the Verkhovna Rada, the parliament in Kyiv.   One soldier posted on social media: “While we are miners and metallurgists, teachers and doctors, … Continue reading As Ukrainian Workers Resist Invasion – a new labour law threatens to abolish their rights.

Ukrainian Railworkers Union Address to ASLEF Conference

Volodymyr Kozelskyiv, Chair of VPZU, Free Trade Union of Railway Workers of Ukraine addressed the ASLEF annual congress on 19 May.  The VPZU has been doing heroic work in extreme conditions.  ASLEF which is an affiliate to the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, declared that they were proud to send their unwavering solidarity to the Ukrainian railway workers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQEKuynMQlo&t=63s Volodymyr Kozelskyiv, address to … Continue reading Ukrainian Railworkers Union Address to ASLEF Conference

WORKERS’ SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE – REPORT BACK FROM DELEGATION TO LVIV

7pm, Wednesday 25 MayMarchmont Community Centre, 62 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AB Speakers include three Workers' Liberty supporters who took part in the recent European solidarity delegation to Ukraine; Vitaliy Dudin, President of Ukrainian socialist organisation Sotsialnyi Rukh and a Russian anti-war activist. UK trade union activists who recently took part in a solidarity delegation to … Continue reading WORKERS’ SOLIDARITY WITH UKRAINE – REPORT BACK FROM DELEGATION TO LVIV

War and Resistance Report No. 6

How is the Russian army performing on the battlefield? Marko Bojcun The Russian state under Putin has made a determined effort for the past twenty years to rebuild its armed forces, to equip them with the latest weapons, educate the ranks and professionalise their commanders. Its forces have gained valuable experience fighting in Chechnya, Syria, … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 6

Report: International conference of European Solidarity with Ukraine

On May 5 and 6, 2022, a two-day international conference of the European Solidarity Network with Ukraine with the support of the NGO "Social Movement" was held in Lviv, Ukraine. The international delegation included left-wing politicians, parliamentarians, trade unionists, journalists from Austria, Argentina, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Spain, Germany, Poland, Finland, France and Switzerland. … Continue reading Report: International conference of European Solidarity with Ukraine

What the Left’s fight for worker rights in Ukraine and Russia has in common, and what it does not

By Jeremy Morris It is understandable and right that all the focus of left solidarity should be on Ukraine right now and for the foreseeable future. However, it is useful for left activists in the West to have some awareness of the situation before the invasion and now in Russia. So in this piece I … Continue reading What the Left’s fight for worker rights in Ukraine and Russia has in common, and what it does not

FASCISM AND THE IMPERIALISM OF THE KREMLIN

By Andriy Rumata The essence of any imperialism of human civilization is to expand its influence. In every sense. But imperialism has always taken different forms depending on the social formation. If feudalism's imperialism pursued expansion of its territories by appealing to "religious wars", capitalism's imperialist is looking for entirely other justifications for its imperial … Continue reading FASCISM AND THE IMPERIALISM OF THE KREMLIN

Communications Workers of America Solidarity with Ukrainian Resistance!

Solidarity with the Resistance of the Ukrainian People!  Russian Troops Out Now! WHEREAS Ukraine has long been under the domination of Russian Czars, the Soviet Union, and now Putin; WHEREAS this has meant the suppression of Ukrainian culture, the exploitation of workers, and the abuse of the land and resources; WHEREAS Ukrainian people have continually fought for freedom and self-determination, including the … Continue reading Communications Workers of America Solidarity with Ukrainian Resistance!

Scottish Trade Union Congress stands in solidarity with Ukraine

By Dale Street Despite its limitations, policy on Ukraine adopted by the Scottish TUC at its 2022 congress, held in Aberdeen in late April, was very far removed from the politics of the Stop the War Coalition (STW) and the Communist Party’s Morning Star (MS) newspaper. In his opening address to congress STUC President Pat Rafferty described … Continue reading Scottish Trade Union Congress stands in solidarity with Ukraine

LONDON REFUSE WORKERS PROTEST AT EMPLOYERS BUSINESS IN RUSSIA

Camden and Westminster Veolia refuse workers protest in support of fellow trade union brothers and sisters in Ukraine GMB Members protesting outside their depot Members of the general workers union GMB held a protest following the expose their employer Veolia was still operating in Russia. This grassroots action is a model of workers solidarity with … Continue reading LONDON REFUSE WORKERS PROTEST AT EMPLOYERS BUSINESS IN RUSSIA

UNITED AGAINST PUTIN -PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY

This May Day weekend Ukraine Solidarity Campaign joined with Russian Against the War in calling a protest at the Russian Embassy on Saturday 30 April.  The protest united activists of the labour movement with Ukrainians, Russians, Poles, Belarussians  in opposition to the Putin regime and the war on Ukraine.  There were calls for freedom for … Continue reading UNITED AGAINST PUTIN -PROTEST AT RUSSIAN EMBASSY

NO to NATO, or the identity crisis of the Spanish left

Elisa Moros  The terrible images reaching us after the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Kyiv region reveal the scope of the Russian offensive. These images force political leaders to unanimously condemn Putin's attack on Ukraine, including Putin’s natural allies (the far-right). In this context, some of the most radical among us feel the need … Continue reading NO to NATO, or the identity crisis of the Spanish left

ARE PUTIN’S EGGS HARD BOILED OR STILL TOO SOFT?

WAR AND RESISTANCE REPORT NO. 4 MARKO BOJCUN Ukraine’s army and territorial defence have repelled the Russian army so far for three essential reasons: first, its regular army, territorial defence brigades and volunteer battalions have a stronger motivation and sense of purpose in defending their homeland than the invading Russian enemy; second, they have employed … Continue reading ARE PUTIN’S EGGS HARD BOILED OR STILL TOO SOFT?

JOIN US FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE 21 APRIL 8:00PM

The history of Ukraine is one of oppression and the struggle of the people against it.   A country the size of France it is one of the richest territories in Europe in terms of its natural resources, farming land and minerals, but rival powers sought to exploit Ukraine and deny it self-determination.   In response the … Continue reading JOIN US FOR AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE 21 APRIL 8:00PM

ЛОНДОН СОЛІДАРНИЙ З УКРАЇНОЮ

UNION STAND WITH UKRAINE DEMONSTRATION IN LONDON - VIDEO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIgt6vmWbrE У Лондоні відбулася демонстрація, скликана профспілками Великобританії у рамках кампанії солідарності з Україною. На початку акції виступив член парламенту Алекс Собел. До учасників мітингу на Даунінг-стіт, у відеоформаті зробив звернення Стоп Путін! Ні Війні проти України ! Профспілки - за Мир! Голова Федерації профспілок України … Continue reading ЛОНДОН СОЛІДАРНИЙ З УКРАЇНОЮ

War and Resistance Report No. 3

Marko Bojcun Over 300 members of the Trade Union of Metallurgists and Miners of Ukraine, from the Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant in Dnipro organise a battalion of the local the Territorial Defence Force to resist the invasion. “Denazification” Mariupol, Bucha. Irpen. Borodianka, Troatianets, Kramatorsk, the outskirts of Kyiv...By the time this blog is published the list … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 3

Ten Turning Points: A Brief History of Ukraine

John-Paul Himka The current war being waged on Ukraine has provoked a surge of support for the people of Ukraine.  To help a greater understanding of Ukraine we are hosting an online event on 21 April 8:00 PM (London time) with the Ukrainian historian John-Paul Himka:  AN INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE.  In advance … Continue reading Ten Turning Points: A Brief History of Ukraine

TRADE UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

On Saturday 9 April a demonstration took place in London called by UK trade unions and supported by both trade union federations of Ukraine. Published below are the statements from the Confederation of Free Trade Unions and the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine. Ukraine Solidarity Campaign a the demonstration on Saturday 9 April https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9TVrnIGMhAContinue reading TRADE UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

Russian building international alliance of far-right parties and organizations

(This article originally appeared in Norwegian in Verdens Gang.) By Anton Shekhovtsov. Russia seems to be getting serious about building an international alliance of extreme right parties that would aim at undermining the liberal democratic consensus in the West. In addition to providing financial support for parties such as France’s Front National and using extreme right activists and politicians as tools of … Continue reading Russian building international alliance of far-right parties and organizations

Russia Bombs Refugees at Kramatorsk Station

In a new act of barbarism the Russian forces have bombed the railway station in Kramatorsk killing 30 and injuring 100.  The station was packed with people boarding an evacuation trains, mostly women, children and elderly. The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group reported that the Russian forces had  already bombed railway tracks near Barvenkove Station … Continue reading Russia Bombs Refugees at Kramatorsk Station

Ukrainian socialist: ‘The future of demilitarisation lies in stopping Russia’s war machine now’

Ukrainian trade unionists who formed a local brigade of the territorial defence force Vitaliy Dudin (right) Vitaliy Dudin, head of the Ukrainian democratic socialist organisation Sotsyalnyi Rukh (Social Movement), spoke from Cherkasy, Ukraine, on April 6, to Green Left’s Federico Fuentes about the current state of Russia’s invasion, the scale of peoples’ resistance to it and key issues such as … Continue reading Ukrainian socialist: ‘The future of demilitarisation lies in stopping Russia’s war machine now’

Stop the war and the genocide in Ukraine

Appeal from the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine To:ITUC affiliated organizationsIndustriAll GU affiliated organizationsEI affiliated organizationsIUF affiliated organizations Stop the war and the genocide in Ukraine Dear Brothers and Sisters,The Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine calls you to take all possibleactions to stop the genocide of the Ukrainian people and to … Continue reading Stop the war and the genocide in Ukraine

An appeal by mayors and local government officials in the UK

End the kidnapping, imprisonment and violence against mayors, local government representatives in Ukraine Enerhodar, 20 March. Protest against the abduction of the deputy mayor, Ivan Samoidiuk We, elected mayors and other local government representatives, condemn the reign of terror in areas of Ukraine occupied by the Russian army. We demand an end to the use … Continue reading An appeal by mayors and local government officials in the UK

STOP UNLOADING RUSSIAN FOSSIL FUELS

Urgent Appeal from Ukrainian trade unions for solidarity Ukrainian trade union organizations call on their trade union brothers and sisters to stop unloading Russian fossil fuels. They appealed to the ETUC, ETWF and trade unions in European countries.  Dear Sisters and Brothers, On behalf of the members of our trade union organisations, we want to express gratitude … Continue reading STOP UNLOADING RUSSIAN FOSSIL FUELS

ON THE CURRENT STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS

Report onthe War, No.2 by Marko Bojcun The Ukrainian negotiating position Russia and Ukraine have set out their respective conditions and demands for ending the war and sent their representatives into direct negotiations in Istanbul. On 29 March Volodymyr Zelensky declared that Ukraine was ready to become a neutral state, belonging to no military bloc, … Continue reading ON THE CURRENT STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS

ПРОФСПІЛКИ ВИСТУПАЮТЬ НА СТОРОНІ УКРАЇНИ

Ми засуджуємо російське вторгнення в Україну та закликаємо до негайного припинення вогню та виведення російських військ з усієї території України. Насильство з боку російського уряду призвело до загибелі тисяч українців та змусило мільйони людей залишити свої будинки. Ми підтримуємо народ України в цей час його страждань. Як профспілковий рух ми закликаємо до справедливого миру. Ми … Continue reading ПРОФСПІЛКИ ВИСТУПАЮТЬ НА СТОРОНІ УКРАЇНИ

UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

Labour Movement Demonstration - Assemble Parliament Square,12:00 noon, Saturday 9 April London - followed by rally at Downing Street.    A major demonstration of Labour Movement solidarity with Ukraine has been called for April 9th. The initial supporters include the Public and Commercial Services Union, the general union GMB, National Union of Mineworkers, ASLEF the … Continue reading UNIONS STAND WITH UKRAINE

Huge London support for Ukraine

Corinna Lotz Over 150,000 people demanded an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and denounced Putin’s regime in a powerful and spirited demonstration in London on March 26. Ukraine Solidarity Campaign banner Russians living in the capital marched under blue and white banners symbolising their flag without red – “without blood” – and appealed to … Continue reading Huge London support for Ukraine

Teachers in occupied Kherson refuse to collaborate with Russian occupiers

Halya Coynash Kherson protest against Russian invasion. Such protests are one of the reasons why the Russian invaders actively abduct civic activists, journalists and local leaders Photo Viacheslav Gusakov, RFE/RL Russian attempts to foist their educational program on occupied Kherson oblast schools have encountered resistance with virtually none of the school directors willing to collaborate.  … Continue reading Teachers in occupied Kherson refuse to collaborate with Russian occupiers