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’

Neo-Nazi C14 vigilantes appear to work with Kyiv police in latest ‘purge’ of Roma

Members of the neo-Nazi C14 movement, together with the ‘Kyiv Municipal Watch’ civic organization which is led by C14 activist Serhiy Bondar, have carried out another raid, driving Roma citizens out of the area around the Southern Railway Station in Kyiv.  The raid does not appear to have been accompanied by shocking images of violence like … Continue reading Neo-Nazi C14 vigilantes appear to work with Kyiv police in latest ‘purge’ of Roma

MASS PROTEST OF TRADE UNIONS IN UKRAINE

Mass Demonstration in Kyiv and Strikes in Donbas The U.N International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17) was marked in Ukraine by a massive demonstration of trade unionists in Kyiv.  This followed a series of trade union protests in various towns across Ukraine including Zhytomyr, Rivne, and Zaporizhzhya and Transcarpathia regions. The protest … Continue reading MASS PROTEST OF TRADE UNIONS IN UKRAINE

Entrepreneurs of political violence: the varied interests and strategies of the far-right in Ukraine

For Ukraine's far right, violence has become a source of influence and power DENYS GORBACH   The recent wave of anti-Roma pogroms in Ukraine has spawned a new series of texts on right-wing violence. However, a significant part of this literature still mostly relies on discourse analysis, which cannot fully explain the actions of far right organisations on … Continue reading Entrepreneurs of political violence: the varied interests and strategies of the far-right in Ukraine

ArcelorMittal Dispute: Despite Shenanigans in Court the Struggle Continues

Ukrainian Trade Unions Need Solidarity  The struggle of the Ukrainian trade unions with the global corporation ArcelorMittal continues despite a day of farce and delay in an ongoing court case against the workers.   A court case has been initiated in an effort to derail Ukrainian trade unions dispute with ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih. The latest … Continue reading ArcelorMittal Dispute: Despite Shenanigans in Court the Struggle Continues

Protests start at ArcelorMittal offices to back Ukrainian workers

Supporters of the Ukraine Solidarity Campaign held protests in support of Ukrainian trade unions at the London and Newport offices of ArcelorMittal, the global steel corporation. They were first of a number planned as the start of a global solidarity campaign with the Ukrainian trade unions. The protests took place on the eve of another … Continue reading Protests start at ArcelorMittal offices to back Ukrainian workers

European Socialists Demand the Release of Sentsov

Socialists in the European Parliament have been at the forefront in calling for the release of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov. The award winning filmmaker is serving a 20-year sentence in Russia for fabricated ‘terrorism’ charges and has been on hunger strike since May 14, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. … Continue reading European Socialists Demand the Release of Sentsov

Oleh Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko and the meaning of solidarity

As filmmaker Oleh Sentsov continues his hunger strike to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, it’s worth thinking about how to expand the field of solidarity. Ukrainian socialist and trade unionist ZAKHAR POPOVYCH writes on  the need to build solidarity with Ukrainian political prisonders. This first appeared on the site of «Sotsialʹnyy rukh» ( Social Movement)  Protest in London … Continue reading Oleh Sentsov, Olexander Kolchenko and the meaning of solidarity

Ukraine’s little known memory war

How Russian propaganda whipped up allegations of anti-Semitism in Ukraine during the country's 2014 protests — and why that makes it more difficult to talk about anti-Semitism in Ukraine today. SAMUEL SOKOL and ANNA KUPINSKA  Earlier this year, more than 50 members of US Congress issued an open letter demanding American pressure on Ukraine in response to recent “incidents … Continue reading Ukraine’s little known memory war

Labour MP Calls for Solidarity in Ukrainian Union Struggle with Arcelor

Court Blocks Talks– Labour MP Calls for Solidarity The major struggle of the Ukrainian trade unions with the global steel corporation Arcelor Mittal for a living wage and safety at work has moved to a new stage as the company has moved into the courts to try and block the workers action.  In astounding decision … Continue reading Labour MP Calls for Solidarity in Ukrainian Union Struggle with Arcelor