Putin Aide promises Donbas Proxies higher ‘pay’ & help with ‘elections’

So much for Moscow’s claim that the events in Donbas are a ‘civil war’ in Ukraine that Russia is not a party to.  On 10 October the Russian state news agency TASS reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aide Vladislav Surkov had met, in Moscow, with the current leader of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [DPR] and … Continue reading Putin Aide promises Donbas Proxies higher ‘pay’ & help with ‘elections’

Why is the war in eastern Ukraine still going on?

We republish here the presentation of the Ukrainian socialist Marko Bojcun to the conference The Politics of Plunder East and West: what is to be done? held at the London School of Economic In February 2014, Russian forces seized Crimea and then began supporting the separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine. This intervention transformed the conflict between … Continue reading Why is the war in eastern Ukraine still going on?

Kremlin’s anti-Semitic proxies in Donbas turn on each other

It was bad enough for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s narrative about ‘anti-Semitic hordes’ seizing power in Kyiv when the Kremlin’s proxies in Donbas dismissed Ukraine’s leaders as “pathetic Jews”.  Now foul anti-Semitic attacks are being used as part of an internal struggle for power between various militant leaders. Viacheslav Likhachev, researcher on anti-Semitism and xenophobia, … Continue reading Kremlin’s anti-Semitic proxies in Donbas turn on each other

Donbas Seperatist leaders brand ’Kyiv Junta’ “Miserable Jews”

03.02.15 | Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Distasteful anti-Semitism demonstrated by Kremlin-backed militant leaders Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky in Donbas on Monday received wide but typically inadequate coverage.  The attack made by the leaders of the self-proclaimed ‘Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics’ on the ‘miserable’ Jews running Ukraine was not proof that … Continue reading Donbas Seperatist leaders brand ’Kyiv Junta’ “Miserable Jews”

Poroshenko Stops Benefits: Donbas Ukrainians feel betrayed

The Ukrainian government has issued a blow to people living in areas under the control of Kremlin-backed militants.  That at least is how many Ukrainians from Donbas view measures taken which could leave some of the most vulnerable people in Donbas effectively abandoned.  First on Nov 7 the government announced that it would no longer … Continue reading Poroshenko Stops Benefits: Donbas Ukrainians feel betrayed