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’

Donbas miners charged with ‘treason’ for going on strike

Repression in the so-called Donetsk Peoples Republic Report by Halya Coynash of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group Miners in Kremlin-backed militant-controlled Makiyivka may face trial for ‘treason’ after going on strike earlier in January over unpaid wages.  According to a local newspaper, the ‘authorities’ of the so-called ‘Donetsk people’s republic’ [‘DNR’] have identified the organizers of … Continue reading Donbas miners charged with ‘treason’ for going on strike

Constitution of Donetsk People’s Republic: Russian nationalism, clericalism and capitalism

The essence of the whole project of Donetsk People’s Republic can be put in one paragraph , taken from the end of the preamble of the Constitution: “…establishment of a sovereign independent state, based on the restoration of a unified cultural and civilizational space of Russian World, on the basis of its traditional religious , … Continue reading Constitution of Donetsk People’s Republic: Russian nationalism, clericalism and capitalism

SLAVERY IN THE DONETSK AND LUHANSK “PEOPLES REPUBLICS”

The report below was originally published by the Ukrainian association  Liva Opozytsiya – Left Opposition  the moves against free trade unions in these areas of Donbas are a matter of concern for the international labour movement. The Confederation of Free Trade Unions is no longer able to function in these areas, and independent trade unions are being declared … Continue reading SLAVERY IN THE DONETSK AND LUHANSK “PEOPLES REPUBLICS”

UKRAINE: THE OLIGARCHIC REBELLION IN THE DONBAS

Zbigniew Marcin Kowalewski Zbigniew Kowalewski a prominent Polish socialist and former leader of Solidarnosc in Lodz in 1980-81, he has written widely on Ukrainian history and society.  Many of his writings on Ukraine can found online at: Zbigniew Kowalewski. This article was first published in Polish in Le Monde Diplomatique – Edycja polska, No. 12 (106), … Continue reading UKRAINE: THE OLIGARCHIC REBELLION IN THE DONBAS

Local leader of Miners’ Union murdered by Separatists in Donbas

The Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine is saddened by the tragic death of their friend and expresses sincere condolences to the relatives of Ivan REZNICHENKO. The body of Ivan Reznichenko was found on 14 January 2015. Ivan was the leader of the Independent Miners Trade Union of Ukraine (NGPU) at the state enterprise “Artemsil” … Continue reading Local leader of Miners’ Union murdered by Separatists in Donbas

St. Petersburg Neo-Nazi Sadist in Donbas – ‘Russia’s Pride and Glory’

Halya Coynash Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group From torturing puppies and calling on fellow neo-Nazis to kill down-and-outs and animals in St. Petersburg, Alexei Milchakov turned to killing Ukrainians in Donbas.  Graphic pictures of his time fighting together with Kremlin-backed militants can be found on his VKontakte page – “Alexei Milchakov - Russia’s Pride and … Continue reading St. Petersburg Neo-Nazi Sadist in Donbas – ‘Russia’s Pride and Glory’

European Federation of Journalists Report on Mission to Ukraine

(20.11.2014) The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has carried out a mission to Ukraine on 6 – 8 November to investigate the situation facing journalists reporting in conflict areas. Yannis Kotsifos, a member of the EFJ Steering Committee has visited the EFJ affiliates (NUJU and IMTUU) in Kyiv to understand the challenges they face in … Continue reading European Federation of Journalists Report on Mission to Ukraine

SEPARATISTS SHOOT WORKER PROTESTS IN DONBAS

SOCIAL PROTESTS AND REPRESSION IN SEPARATIST RUN DONBAS The news about social ‪‎protests has reached ‪‎Donbass, the region which is struggling to separate from ‪‎Ukraine. The protests are directed against the policies of ‪‎separatist government. The ‪‎protesters suffered threats and ‪‎violent repressions for their actions. On September 22, the people of Atratsit (‪Luhansk region) went out to the city central square, by the premises of the … Continue reading SEPARATISTS SHOOT WORKER PROTESTS IN DONBAS

The Donetsk revolt and the “people’s governor – commander Pavel Gubaryov”

Following the fall of President Yanukovych on 22 February 2014, and the occupation of the Crimea four days later, pro-Russian demonstrations erupted across eastern and southern Ukraine. They all read from President Putin’s script that the new government of Ukraine was anti-Russian and illegitimate, and called for following Crimea into Russia. The success or failure … Continue reading The Donetsk revolt and the “people’s governor – commander Pavel Gubaryov”