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Ukraine: reorganisation of the left – new developments in the east

9th Jan 2015 Socialist Action 0

This interview with a member of Borotba, a Ukrainian left-wing organisation, analyses the situation of the left in the east of Ukraine in the ‘Peoples Republics’. It points up the role of Russia in holding back any developments to the left, including blocking the recently refounded Communist Party in east Ukraine from standing in the elections held in October precisely because it has mass support and would probably have won. However, it should also be noted that it is only the pressure from Russia that forced Kiev to agree the ceasefire that significantly reduced the bombardment of eastern cities. The article was previously published on the website of Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine.

Imperialist offensive causes tragedy in Ukraine

22nd Jul 2014 Socialist Action 0

By Paul Roberts

Last Thursday’s (17 July) air disaster, in which a Malaysian Airlines jetliner crashed near Ukraine’s border with Russia, killing all 298 people on board, is likely to be the result of a missile fired from the ground – a commercial plane tragically caught up in the war Kiev and its imperialist backers are waging against Ukraine’s eastern regions.

- Kiev International Institute of Sociology

Ukraine – oppose imperialism’s military build-up and the crackdown against the east

17th Apr 2014 Socialist Action 0

By Paul Roberts

The crisis in Ukraine is escalating. Unable to quell a growing protest movement against the February coup, the Kiev regime has mobilised army units to attack the people occupying government buildings in the cities across Ukraine’s east. Meanwhile, to deter the Russian Federation intervening to protect the pro-Russian population, imperialism is rapidly increasing its military deployments across the region.

After the coup – let Ukraine’s regions determine their future

4th Mar 2014 Socialist Action 0

By Paul Roberts

The Western backed parliamentary coup in the Ukraine was a significant advance for the US-led project of advancing its sphere of influence and pushing Russia further back in Eastern Europe. The US’s goals in the country have nothing to do with greater self-determination for Ukraine and are all about bringing it under imperialist control. Moreover this objective is not new, but has been the long-term aim of the US since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, to which end, aided and abetted by the EU, it has been funding and orchestrating pro-Western movements and organisations in Ukraine.