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
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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
Russia’s war on Ukraine: are peace talks possible?
By Prof. Gilbert Achcar on whether Russia & Ukraine can negotiate end to war https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVAWxwMJARk&t=7s
WAR AND RESISTANCE REPORT NUMBER 10
By Marko Bojcun As we go into the new year it is necessary to challenge once again the sophisticated Russia‐led campaign that this war is somehow between two equal belligerents. Allegedly they are made equal by NATO's military support for Ukraine and Ukraine is entirely the pawn of the USA. It falls into line with … Continue reading WAR AND RESISTANCE REPORT NUMBER 10
Labour Movement Aid Delivered to Ukrainian Resistance
A vehicle for use by the Ukrainian resistance, packed with vital aid for winter warfare has just been delivered to the Ukrainian city of Lviv. The aid and vehicle is now in the front in Donbas, East Ukraine. The package of aid was funded by the labour and trade union movement in Wales, organised and … Continue reading Labour Movement Aid Delivered to Ukrainian Resistance
Ukraine: Which Side Are You On?
Left-wing Democrats need to stand up for international law Paul Mason Imagine an alt-history of the Spanish Civil War where, after some initial reversals, the anti-fascist side starts winning. They drive back Franco’s armies largely because France, Britain and the USA reject “non-intervention” and send in heavy weapons, offsetting the support coming from Hitler and … Continue reading Ukraine: Which Side Are You On?
Solidarity vital to expel Russia
ByAlena Ivanova As millions of Ukrainians suffer power cuts, Alena Ivanova reports on a recent visit to Kyiv where, despite an imbalance between military and workers’ rights, the need for financial and moral support remains vital The war in Ukraine continues to dominate headlines, with Ukraine’s counter-offensive and Putin’s nuclear threats especially prominent. While the focus is … Continue reading Solidarity vital to expel Russia
Ukraine battered but pushing back against Putin
By Mick Antoniw Labour MS for Pontypridd. As the winter approaches, the war in Ukraine resulting from Russia’s illegal invasion begins a new phase, which will surely test the solidarity of the West and Europe and all those countries supporting Ukraine. It will also severely test Putin and his cohort of supporters in the Kremlin … Continue reading Ukraine battered but pushing back against Putin
THE LEFT VIEW ON THE PROSPECTS OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
Lately, in the West, the sentiment on the prospects of a peaceful end to the war imposed on the Ukrainian people is heard more and more often. But are such negotiations possible, and who will benefit from them? And does Putin actually want peace? Ukrainian leftists Denys Bondar and Zakhar Popovych provided their take on … Continue reading THE LEFT VIEW ON THE PROSPECTS OF PEACE NEGOTIATIONS
Ukraine: A Left-wing Theory of Victory?
You can’t win a war without a war economy By Paul Mason During the past three months, miners in Volyn have protested against what their leaders allege is management corruption. Nurses in Ivanovo Frankovsk have protested against unpaid wages. At the Lviv academy of Typography students demonstrated against the institution’s closure, as what they say is part of a World Bank-funded … Continue reading Ukraine: A Left-wing Theory of Victory?
‘Please stand with Ukraine and help us win this war’
Nataliya Levytska deputy chairperson of the Independent Mineworkers Union of Ukraine. Nataliya Levytska is deputy chairperson of the Independent Mineworkers Union of Ukraine represented the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) World Congress,in Australia. During her visit she spoke with Green Left about the situation of Ukrainian … Continue reading ‘Please stand with Ukraine and help us win this war’
UKRAINIAN UNIONS CALL ON THE ITUC TO EXPEL PUTIN’S PUPPET RUSSIAN TRADE UNIONS
BUT BRITISH TUC BACKS RUSSIAN PRO-WAR PUPPETS AT ITUC WORLD CONGRESS The ITUC — the world’s largest global trade union confederation, with 331 affiliated organisations in more than 160 countries has started its —fifth world congress in Melbourne, Australia. In a motion to the ITUC , the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), … Continue reading UKRAINIAN UNIONS CALL ON THE ITUC TO EXPEL PUTIN’S PUPPET RUSSIAN TRADE UNIONS
Statement by Ukrainian Feminists in Solidarity with Iranian Women
We, Ukrainian feminists, express our solidarity with Iranian uprising, triggered by the brutal murder of Mahsa Amini by the Iranian Morality Police. Thousands of women responded to this crime by going out on the streets, cutting their hair and publicly taking off and burning hijabs as a symbol of their oppression. What started as a protest against … Continue reading Statement by Ukrainian Feminists in Solidarity with Iranian Women
STATE AGENCIES BEING MISUSED TO ATTACK FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS IN UKRAINE
ARMA, SBI, TRETIAKOVA AND CO. AND TRADE UNION PROPERTY Representatives of the ruling party in Ukraine are using the newly established law enforcement agencies (the SBI and the ARMA), which were created on recommendation of international partners, to put pressure on trade unions. The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) is a law enforcement agency of … Continue reading STATE AGENCIES BEING MISUSED TO ATTACK FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS IN UKRAINE
The Party of European Socialists Congress on Russian Invasion of Ukraine
The Party of European Socialists brings together the Socialist, Social Democratic and Labour Parties of the European Union. The PES Congress took place in Berlin recently and aadopted a resolution which covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Also in attendance was SD Platform from Ukraine. Extracts from the Congress resolution are published below - full … Continue reading The Party of European Socialists Congress on Russian Invasion of Ukraine
War and Resistance Report No. 9
Marko Bojcun Russia calls for new talks but once again without Ukraine’s participation Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov announced on 30 October that Russia is ready " as always” to enter into serious negotiations over the war in Ukraine. He made the offer to the United States and the Western powers, not to Ukraine. He admitted … Continue reading War and Resistance Report No. 9
Nottingham: Ukraine Must Win! Disarm Putin Now!
As Russia increases the scale and barbarity of its terrorist attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine, it is essential that we continue to support Ukraine achieve its victory. Join us as we march from Sherwood Community Centre to raise awareness in the local area and hear personal stories from the Ukrainian community. Marching … Continue reading Nottingham: Ukraine Must Win! Disarm Putin Now!
BOOK LAUNCH – UKRAINE: Voices of resistance and solidarity
WEDNESDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2022 AT 18:30
SD Platform Ukraine: Statement on Russian Missile Strikes
Russia attacked Ukraine with 83 missiles and 17 kamikaze drones across entire Ukraine today. 45 missiles were intercepted, and 9 Iran-supplied kamikaze drones were destroyed by Air Defense Forces. Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Zaporizhzhia, Zhytomyr, Kropyvnytskyi, Kremenchuk, Sumy, Kharkiv, and Dnipro were hit by shelling. According to preliminary data, 11 people died and 64 … Continue reading SD Platform Ukraine: Statement on Russian Missile Strikes
Ukrainian Democratic Socialists Stand on the War and Future of Ukraine
The people of Ukraine have been facing hard challenges, yet they have proven their ability to fight for the right to decide on their own fate, and their determination to defend the country and to end the war as soon as possible. The authorities and representatives of market-fundamentalist ideology, together with big business, keep pushing … Continue reading Ukrainian Democratic Socialists Stand on the War and Future of Ukraine
Україна: голоси опору та солідарності
Вийшла друком збірка написаних під час триваючої повномасштабної війни матеріалів українських та зарубіжних лівих під назвою «Ukraine voices of resistance and solidarity». Зокрема, до збірки увійшли статті активістів і активісток ГО «Соціальний рух» (Т. Білоуса, В. Дудіна, В. Пігуль, Ю. Юрченко). Також у збірці присутні праці М.Антоніва, Дж.-П. Хімки, О.Дутчак, Н.Левицької, Е.Тюсена, Б.Ференса, І.Будрайтскіса, Н.Воробйова, … Continue reading Україна: голоси опору та солідарності