By Jason Melanovski, 19 January 2021
While still providing military backing to the Kiev government in its ongoing civil war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, US and European imperialism have refused to provide even minimal vaccine assistance to the poorest country in Europe.
By Jason Melanovski, 11 December 2020
Miners across Ukraine are escalating strike actions over unpaid wages and deteriorating working conditions.
By Jason Melanovski, 8 December 2020
The conflict between Ukraine and Hungary demonstrates the deep crises that is confronting the right-wing capitalist states of NATO as they seek to further encircle Russia.
By Jason Melanovski, 13 November 2020
Facing a rapidly worsening medical situation and a failing economy, the Ukrainian ruling class is doing little to stem the pandemic and assist the country’s working class.
By Jason Melanovski, 3 November 2020
The systematic NATO encirclement of Russia has turned seemingly isolated conflicts in the region into dangerous flashpoints that threaten to spark a major war involving the US, nuclear-armed Russia and countries such as Turkey.
By Jason Melanovski, 1 October 2020
Workers at the Krivoy Rog Iron Ore Company are carrying out a courageous strike in defiance of the union that puts them into direct conflict with the country’s entire ruling class.
By Jason Melanovski, 19 September 2020
Ukraine’s far-right continues to oppose any negotiated settlement that could lead to the end of the six-year long civil war that has needlessly killed over 13,000.
By Jason Melanovski, 26 August 2020
As a result of the growing working class protests within Belarus and Lukashenko’s turn to the Kremlin, the government in Kiev has turned against its former ally.
By Jason Melanovski, 3 July 2020
Heavy rains and illegal logging are to blame for floods that have killed three in the country, which is rocked by a new surge in coronavirus cases.
By Jason Melanovski, 22 June 2020
Amid the most profound economic crisis since the Great Depression, the imperialist powers are responding to the growing class tensions by escalating their drive to war.
Millions of Ukrainian migrant workers forced to search for employment in Europe under unsafe conditions
By Jason Melanovski, 11 June 2020
Despite little health or legal protections, Ukraine’s migrant workers are being forced to search for work in Europe’s farms and factories to avoid unemployment and social destitution.
By Jason Melanovski, 19 May 2020
The intimidation and persecution of ethnic and religious minorities within Ukraine has become routine, with far-right elements operating openly as officials of the Ukrainian state.
By Jason Melanovski, 14 May 2020
The political return of the vociferously anti-Russian and cartoonish Saakashvilli to Ukraine is a sign of a profound crisis of the Ukrainian oligarchy.
By Jason Melanovski, 5 May 2020
Opposition grows among Ukrainian medical workers as they are left to combat the disease while lacking both essential equipment and funding.
By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 18 April 2020
The fires expose the fact that the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe remains unresolved and continues to threaten the health of the population.
By Jason Melanovski, 1 April 2020
The policies of the Zelensky government threaten the working class with a social and medical disaster of immense proportions.
By Jason Melanovski, 19 March 2020
Ukraine’s ruling class is exploiting the devastating pandemic to escalate its attacks on the working class.
By Andrea Peters, 14 March 2020
COVID-19 is spreading in Russia and Ukraine, as the governments impose bans on travel and public gatherings.
By Clara Weiss and Jason Melanovski, 7 March 2020
With the firing of the cabinet, President Zelensky is preparing a massive assault on the living standards of the Ukrainian working class.
5 March 2020
By Andrea Peters, 3 March 2020
A man returning from Italy tested positive for the coronavirus in Moscow on the same day that a federal audit revealed that thousands of the country’s healthcare facilities for children lack running water, heat, and sewage systems.
By Jason Melanovski, 21 February 2020
Underlying the reshuffling of Zelensky’s staff and the crisis of his government are intense conflicts within the Ukrainian oligarchy over domestic and foreign policy and growing class tensions.
By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 31 January 2020
Sharp divisions are coming to the fore as the government is pressing ahead with mass privatizations and attempts to negotiate a settlement with Russia over the ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine.
Bandera supporters march in major Ukrainian cities after government names Nazi collaborators “national heroes”
By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 10 January 2020
The glorification of notorious anti-Semites and Nazi collaborators by the Ukrainian government is met with complicit silence by its imperialist backers.
By Jason Melanovski, 4 January 2020
The EU pushed for the Ukraine and Russia to accept a deal following the US announcement of sanctions against the Russian-German pipeline Nord Stream 2.
By Andre Damon, 31 December 2019
The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?
By Jason Melanovski, 19 December 2019
The talks have resumed just after the US announced sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany.
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.
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.
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.
By Jason Melanovski, 21 November 2019
Disputes over gas and energy are central to the inter-imperialist conflicts over 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.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 17 October 2019
Zelensky’s move is part of his maneuvering between European and US imperialism.
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."
By Clara Weiss, 2 October 2019
The scandal lays bare the utter dependence of the Ukrainian oligarchy on US imperialism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Clara Weiss, 27 November 2018
The dangerous developments in the Black Sea region underscore the danger of a Third World War.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jason Melanovski, 23 October 2017
Recent rallies in Ukraine’s capital point to a growing crisis of the Poroshenko regime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jason Melanovski, 15 November 2016
The recent period has seen a spike in hostilities in the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
29 September 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
By Jason Melanovski, 15 December 2015
The US-backed right-wing government in Kiev is guilty of serious human rights violations, according to a recent report.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.