Ukraine

Paris summit on Ukraine overshadowed by inter-imperialist conflicts

By Clara Weiss, 10 December 2019

The escalation of warfare within the US ruling class and the intensification of the conflicts between the imperialist powers occur amid the unraveling of the strategy that US imperialism has pursued in the region since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.

Ukraine: Three-year-old boy killed in attempted political assassination by the far right

By Jason Melanovski, 7 December 2019

The killing of a three-year-old demonstrates that far-right forces in Ukraine are being given free rein to carry out targeted political assassinations.

US, EU gave over $20 billion in military and economic aid to Ukraine since 2014

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2019

Testimony at the final impeachment hearing confirmed the massive scale of imperialist operations in Ukraine, aimed at undermining and attacking Russia.

Russia’s Gazprom offers Ukraine short-term gas deal

By Jason Melanovski, 21 November 2019

Disputes over gas and energy are central to the inter-imperialist conflicts over Ukraine and Russia.

France to host “peace summit” with Germany, Ukraine and Russia

By Clara Weiss, 19 November 2019

The summit is part of the effort of French and German imperialism to play a bigger role in Eastern Europe as tensions with the US are rising.

Ukrainian prime minister attends neo-Nazi rock concert

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 30 October 2019

The public display of the prime minister’s ties to neo-Nazis is a calculated threat to the working class amid preparations for privatizations and ongoing fighting within the ruling elites over foreign policy.

Ukrainian President Zelensky adopts Steinmeier formula amid mass far-right protests

By Clara Weiss, 17 October 2019

Zelensky’s move is part of his maneuvering between European and US imperialism.

Ukraine government announces large-scale privatizations, threatening mass layoffs

By Jason Melanovski, 3 October 2019

The right-wing Atlantic Council hailed Volodymyr Zelensky’s initial economic policies as “the biggest post-Soviet privatization fire sale in a generation."

Ukrainian oligarchy in crisis over Zelensky-Trump call

By Clara Weiss, 2 October 2019

The scandal lays bare the utter dependence of the Ukrainian oligarchy on US imperialism.

US political warfare explodes over Trump and Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

The US president admitted Sunday that he had discussed with the Ukrainian president a possible investigation into Democrat Joe Biden and his son.

Russia, Ukraine carry out high-profile prisoner exchange

By Jason Melanovski, 14 September 2019

The prisoner exchange was strongly backed by France and Germany with media reports suggesting that French President Emmanuel Macron, in particular, played a central role.

Former Ukrainian President Poroshenko faces charges over corruption and “high treason”

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 24 August 2019

The new Zelensky government is making use of criminal charges to settle accounts within the ruling class—a well-trodden path in the fractional battles within the country’s oligarchy.

How Canada emerged as a haven for Ukrainian Nazi collaborators

By Roger Jordan, 29 July 2019

After World War II, Canada became a haven for far-right Ukrainian nationalists who had collaborated with the Nazis, including in waging war on the Soviet Union and murdering Jews.

Ukrainian president Zelensky’s new party wins parliamentary elections

By Jason Melanovski, 25 July 2019

The result is a symptom of a deep social and political crisis and mass popular dissatisfaction with the political establishment.

Canada’s Liberal government hosts anti-Russia conference on Ukraine

By Roger Jordan, 13 July 2019

Discussions at the Ukraine Reform Conference focused on “affirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and security in the face of Russian aggression.”

US Senate votes to give Ukraine $300 million in military aid

By Jason Melanovski, 4 July 2019

The US is escalating its military aid to Ukraine amid preparations for a Third World War and growing tensions with the EU over Russia and Iran.

Four men charged with murder based on bogus MH-17 investigation

By Clara Weiss, 24 June 2019

Charges against pro-Moscow separatists were laid based on an “investigation” influenced by the Ukrainian regime, that produced no proof of Russian involvement in downing flight MH-17.

Ukrainian president seeks support from Western powers

By Jason Melanovski, 7 June 2019

Ukraine’s president met with EU and NATO officials this week, declaring his commitment to seeking membership in both organizations.

Incoming Ukrainian president moves to dissolves parliament

By Jason Melanovski, 24 May 2019

Volodmyr Zelensky is seeking to shore up his political position and settle scores with opponents within Ukraine’s oligarchy.

Newly elected Ukrainian President Zelensky backs anti-Russia campaign

By Jason Melanovski, 2 May 2019

Zelensky has seized upon new passport legislation by Moscow to publicly back the NATO- and US-led campaign against Russia.

The election of Zelensky in Ukraine and the way forward for the working class

By Clara Weiss, 25 April 2019

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyi won the Ukrainian presidential elections Sunday in a massive repudiation of the incumbent president and the imperialist-orchestrated coup that brought him to power.

Landslide victory for Zelensky over Poroshenko in Ukrainian presidential election

By Jason Melanovski, 22 April 2019

The election results reflect the enormous hostility within the Ukrainian working class toward the right-wing nationalist policies of the Poroshenko regime.

Comedian Volodomyr Zelensky leads first round of Ukraine Presidential Elections

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 2 April 2019

Zelensky’s vote is an overwhelming rebuke to the right-wing nationalist regime of Poroshenko brought to power in the 2014 imperialist-backed coup.

On the eve of the presidential elections

Ukrainian far right mobilized in inter-oligarchic infighting

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 21 March 2019

Incumbent president Petro Poroshenko currently occupies third place in polls leading up to the March 31 election.

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky leading in Ukrainian presidential polls

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 8 March 2019

The possibility of a Zelensky presidency is viewed with a great deal of nervousness by the imperialist powers, triggering discussions of a renewed intervention in the country.

Measles outbreak in Ukraine claims eight lives

By Jason Melanovski, 28 February 2019

The social crisis in Ukraine is a product of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the restoration of capitalism.

Presidential campaign officially begins in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 28 January 2019

The Ukrainian presidential election is dominated by pro-imperialist, right-wing candidates who are hated and despised by the overwhelming majority of the population.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Tymoshenko tours Washington to garner support for presidential bid

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 11 December 2018

The ultimate goal of Tymoshenko’s visit to Washington was to promise to continue with the United States’ militarization of the country and the Black Sea.

Ukraine: Poroshenko declares martial law to crack down on political and social opposition

By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 1 December 2018

The army has been put on high alert and the presence of police has been substantially increased in major cities.

Merkel backs Ukrainian provocations against Russia

By Peter Schwarz, 1 December 2018

Chancellor Angela Merkel has sharply attacked Russia at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum, declaring that Putin is fully responsible for the present conflict.

Ukraine’s provocation in the Azov Sea

By Clara Weiss and Andre Damon, 29 November 2018

The Ukrainian military, with the support of high-level figures within the US state, has instigated a major international crisis ahead of this week’s G20 summit.

Russia-Ukraine stand-off over Azov Sea continues as Poroshenko declares martial law

By Clara Weiss, 27 November 2018

The dangerous developments in the Black Sea region underscore the danger of a Third World War.

Russia fires on and captures Ukrainian Navy ships

By Clara Weiss, 26 November 2018

A military escalation in the Azov Sea was prepared over months, with a series of provocations by the Ukrainian regime that enjoyed the support of the EU and US imperialism.

Ukrainian politician dies after fascist acid attack

By Jason Melanovski, 12 November 2018

The brutal killing of Handziuk and the ongoing cover-up are a stark exposure of the reactionary nature of the regime brought to power in the US-backed coup in 2014.

Ukraine’s depopulation crisis

By Jason Melanovski, 1 November 2018

More than a quarter-century after the dissolution of the USSR, emigration continues unabated in Ukraine as workers flee poverty and war.

Thousands mourn victims of school shooting in Crimea

By Andrea Peters, 23 October 2018

Twenty-one people are now dead as a result of a mass shooting at a vocational college in the Russian territory of Crimea.

Relations deteriorate between Hungary and Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 9 October 2018

Two of eastern Europe’s right-wing governments clash in a dispute over passports, language laws and military exercises.

Leader of breakaway republic in Ukraine assassinated

By Andrea Peters, 7 September 2018

The 42-year-old head of the Russian-backed rebel state in eastern Ukraine died in an explosion at a café in Donetsk last Friday.

IMF pushes for more social cuts in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 3 September 2018

Amid growing strikes of miners and other workers, the IMF is using the corruption of the Ukrainian oligarchy to push for social cuts.

IMF pushes for more social cuts in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 31 August 2018

Amid growing strikes of miners and other workers, the IMF is using the corruption of the Ukrainian oligarchy to push for social cuts.

Lies and contradictions pile up on Ukraine’s faked murder of Babchenko

By Clara Weiss, 4 June 2018

Western governments and media outlets fear that the crudity of Ukraine’s state operation will discredit their anti-Russia campaign.

Trump authorizes $41.5 million sale of lethal US weaponry to Ukraine

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2017

The decision to allow Kiev to purchase “lethal defensive weapons” portends an escalation in the nearly four-year-old war against pro-Russian separatists entrenched in the country’s eastern provinces.

Far-right nationalist groups march in Kiev

By Jason Melanovski, 23 October 2017

Recent rallies in Ukraine’s capital point to a growing crisis of the Poroshenko regime.

Fears of nuclear war grow after Trump’s threat to annihilate North Korea

By Alex Lantier, 21 September 2017

The ruling elite internationally is in a state of perplexity, terror and denial in the face of the danger that Washington will launch nuclear war.

Mattis in Kiev: US may arm Ukraine with lethal weapons

By Niles Niemuth, 25 August 2017

Under a provocative plan drawn up by officials at the Pentagon and State Department, the Trump administration would deliver Javelin antitank missiles and antiaircraft weaponry.

Canadian military preparing for new role in Syria, extension of Ukraine mission

By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2017

The use of Canadian troops to police so-called safe zones in Syria would see Ottawa integrated even more fully into the US-led war for regime change in Damascus.

Coal crisis hits Ukraine as far-right groups enforce blockade

By Jason Melanovski, 28 February 2017

Lacking coal, millions of Ukrainians could be left without heat and electricity within weeks, including in the major cities of Kiev and Kharkiv.

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine amid continued NATO buildup against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2017

The renewed fighting in Donetsk has all the earmarks of a Ukrainian provocation aimed at assuring the continuation of US sanctions against Moscow.

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 15 November 2016

The recent period has seen a spike in hostilities in the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

010 MH17 report

29 September 2016

Polish and Ukrainian governments use World War II war crimes to promote nationalism

By Jason Melanovski, 5 September 2016

Relations between Poland and Ukraine have soured in recent months, as their respective right-wing governments promote ethnic nationalism, anti-communism, and militarism.

Putin visits Crimea amid rising tensions with Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2016

Ukrainian President Poroshenko threatened to impose martial law and conscription in response to what he claimed was the threat of a Russian invasion.

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 August 2016

In April of last year, the Ukrainian violinist and composer Mark Chaet, accompanied by a small film crew, travelled from Berlin to his home in Eastern Ukraine.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2016

The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics.

Tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine after terrorist provocation

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2016

The mobilization of troops on both sides of the Russian-Ukrainian border has unfolded amid the mounting campaign against Moscow spearheaded by the Democratic Party.

What is behind the imperialist campaign over the Crimean Tatars?

Part 2: The imperialist exploitation of ethnic tensions on the Crimea—then and now

By Clara Weiss, 19 July 2016

Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, leading media outlets of the imperialist powers, in particular the New York Times, have been waging a campaign ostensibly directed at defending the Crimean Tatars from oppression by Russia.

Protests against utility hikes in Kiev

By Andrea Peters, 8 July 2016

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Ukraine’s capital to march against further increases in the cost of basic services, which have already tripled since late 2013.

Dutch referendum produces majority against EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2016

Wednesday’s referendum result has deepened the political crisis in Europe and provoked nervous reactions from politicians and the media.

Two years since the Kiev coup

Part two

By Andrea Peters, 8 March 2016

This, the second part of a two-part article on two years since the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, reviews the role of various pseudo-left organizations. The first part was posted on March 7.

Two years since the Kiev coup

Part one

By Andrea Peters, 7 March 2016

Two years after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was forcibly removed from office in a US-backed, right-wing coup, the working masses of the Eastern European country face a worsening economic and social disaster.

Support for Poroshenko regime collapses in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 8 February 2016

The decline in popularity for Poroshenko explodes the myth that the right-wing Maidan “revolution” was a democratic transformation.

US Congress quietly enables funding for Ukrainian neo-Nazi-led Azov Regiment

By David Levine, 1 February 2016

A proposed ban on US funding of Ukrainian neo-Nazis that had attracted substantial media attention last June when it was introduced never actually became law.

Council of Europe issues report on far-right massacre in Odessa

By David Levine, 19 January 2016

The Council of Europe report serves to cover up the role of far-right militias in the massacre of oppositionists.

Official PR campaign sought to present Ukrainian oligarch Julia Tymoshenko as martyr

By Marianne Arens, 7 January 2016

A report from news magazine Der Spiegel has revealed how a PR firm in Berlin sought to bolster the image of the right-wing Ukrainian nationalist politician four years ago.

Ukrainian government officials celebrate Nazism, anti-Semitism

By Jason Melanovski, 4 January 2016

Several recent incidents in Ukraine have further exposed the far-right nature of the forces unleashed by the 2014 Maidan “revolution.”

UN report documents death of over 9,000 Ukrainians

By Jason Melanovski, 11 December 2015

The US-backed right-wing government in Kiev is guilty of serious human rights violations, according to a recent report.

Ukrainian officials endorse Turkish downing of Russian jet

By Thomas Gaist, 25 November 2015

The threat to shoot down Russian planes was one of many indications that Kiev and its American backers are instigating a renewed confrontation with Moscow

Russia declares state of emergency in Crimea after blasts leave 1.6 million without power

By Thomas Gaist, 23 November 2015

Efforts to repair electrical infrastructure have faced violent opposition from far-right militias allied to the US-backed Ukrainian regime.

Ukrainian government planning to move forward with mass privatizations

By Jason Melanovski, 13 November 2015

Over the past year officials have participated in regular meetings, in both Berlin and Washington, to discuss proposals for the privatization of state-owned industry.

Social crisis dominates municipal elections in Ukraine

By Markus Salzmann, 2 November 2015

Nearly 21 months after the coup that overthrew President Viktor Yanukovych the country is in social and economic free-fall.

Fraud, cancellations, mass abstention mark Ukrainian local elections

By Niles Williamson, 27 October 2015

The Obama administration was quick to fix its stamp of approval on the conduct and outcome of Sunday's elections.

New York Times renews propaganda campaign against Russia over MH17

By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015

Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.

Ultra-right Maidan forces riot in Kiev over eastern Ukrainian autonomy law

By Alex Lantier, 2 September 2015

The riot underscores the reactionary character of Washington’s client state in Ukraine, substantial sections of which are pushing for total war with Russia.

Right-wing Ukrainian government celebrates Independence Day

By Jason Melanovski, 25 August 2015

The day’s events were used to press for the continuation of the war against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east, which has cost the lives of over 6,900 Ukrainian citizens.

Ukrainian government blacklists Russian actors and musicians

By Niles Williamson, 10 August 2015

The censorship list is a cultural component of the offensive being waged by the US and its NATO allies to remove Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence.

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2015

So far in 2015, NATO fighters have been scrambled more than 250 times to intercept Russian aircraft over Europe.

Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.

US and NATO engage in unprecedented military exercises in Europe

By Niles Williamson, 24 July 2015

Military exercises in eastern and western Europe are part of a broader military buildup by the US and NATO aimed at Russia.

One year since the crash of MH17

By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2015

The American political establishment’s marking of the anniversary of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine has been remarkably muted.

Right Sector threatens violence throughout Ukraine

By Andrea Peters, 18 July 2015

After a standoff with government authorities in western Ukraine, the neo-fascist Right Sector militia is preparing “wide scale actions” in Kiev and elsewhere.

Canada boosts Kiev regime with free trade pact

By Roger Jordan, 17 July 2015

The agreement is aimed at demonstrating Canada’s staunch support for the Kiev regime, which was brought to power last year in a pro-western coup spearheaded by fascist forces.

Far-right marches in Kiev as report documents crimes by Ukraine’s paramilitary forces

By Andrea Peters, 6 July 2015

The neo-fascist Right Sector demonstration in Kiev called for expanded war in the southeast, where paramilitary units operate as criminal armed gangs, according to a leaked report.

Russia suspends natural gas shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 2 July 2015

The delivery of Russian natural gas to Ukraine was halted after Kiev refused to accept Russia’s proposed price.

NATO increases support for Ukrainian regime, warns of renewed fighting

By Niles Williamson, 26 June 2015

NATO is deepening ties with Ukraine, a move that increases the danger of a war between the US and Russia: the world’s two largest nuclear armed powers.

NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia

By Niles Williamson, 25 June 2015

The decision to expand the size of the NATO Response Force to 40,000 troops can be understood only as part of preparations for war with Russia.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015

The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.

Ukrainians testify to a life of poverty and violence under US-backed government

By Jason Melanovski, 22 June 2015

The WSWS recently spoke with Ukrainian workers and students on the current state of social and economic conditions under the right-wing regime of Petro Poroshenko.

Belgian and French authorities move to seize Russian assets

By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015

Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.

US House approves measure blocking training of neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015

The passage of the amendment to the House’s Pentagon budget bill restricting support for the Azov Battalion is a further confirmation of the leading role played by fascist forces in Ukraine.

US police instructors go to Ukraine to train Kiev regime’s security forces

By Evan Blake, 15 June 2015

The State. Department revealed a program in which American police instructors trained their Ukrainian counterparts to build a new, 2,000-member patrol unit in Kiev.

“Human rights” imperialism in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2015

The right-wing government of Ukraine, installed in a coup spearheaded by neo-fascists, is now being proclaimed the front line of the “free world.”

Protests mount against US-backed regime in Ukraine

By Thomas Gaist, 10 June 2015

Thousands of protesters marched in Kiev this weekend to oppose the savage austerity policies of the US-backed puppet government.

Canadian prime minister backs right-wing regime in Ukraine

By Roger Jordan, 8 June 2015

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Kiev Saturday to reaffirm his support for Ukraine’s pro-western regime and the US-led drive against Russia.

US officials consider nuclear strikes against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 5 June 2015

Among the possibilities being considered by the Pentagon for escalating its war plans in Eastern Europe is a nuclear first strike against Russian missile forces.

Ukraine names ex-Georgian President Saakashvili governor of Odessa

By Derek Bell, 5 June 2015

The appoinment of Saakashvili, who launched a brief and unsuccessful US-backed war against Russia in 2008, is a political provocation.

Historian Timothy Snyder falsifies history at German-Ukrainian conference

By Clara Weiss and Wolfgang Weber, 5 June 2015

The Yale professor has developed a new narrative of European history that serves the needs of the nationalist regime in Kiev and war propaganda against Russia.

Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s draconian utility price hikes

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2015

Kiev is slashing subsidies to basic goods in order to funnel money to the regime’s Wall Street creditors and increase military spending on the war in east Ukraine.

New York Times lies, falsifies history to promote neo-fascist Kiev regime

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015

Kramer’s article is part of a broader campaign of historical falsification, portraying the Russian Revolution and the struggle for socialism as the root causes of the catastrophes of the last century.

US troops arrive at western Ukraine training camp

By Patrick Martin, 22 April 2015

The 290 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will train and equip some 900 Ukrainian National Guard troops, including some publicly linked to neo-Nazi groups.

Wave of assassinations in Ukraine targets critics of Kiev regime

By Alex Lantier, 18 April 2015

Responsibility for the murders lies with the imperialist powers that installed the Kiev regime and support its anti-Russian propaganda and rehabilitation of fascism.