Ukraine

Fascist leader Yarosh appointed advisor to Ukrainian army

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2015

On the basis of the struggle against “communism,” the regime in Kiev installed and financed by the West is turning ever more directly into an ultra-right dictatorship.

US Army to train Ukrainian fascist militias

By Patrick Martin, 1 April 2015

American commandos will begin training Ukrainian National Guard units, including the notorious Azov Battalion, on April 20.

US armored convoy: A military provocation in Eastern Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2015

A long convoy of US armored Stryker vehicles is traveling from Estonia on a trip transversing Eastern Europe via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and ending in Germany.

Clash of oligarchs shakes Ukrainian regime

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2015

The confrontation between President Petro Poroshenko and oligarch Igor Kolomoisky has laid bare the real social base of the US-backed regime in Kiev.

US to train special police forces in Ukraine

By David Levine, 19 March 2015

Washington is helping Kiev create tactical assault units akin to American SWAT teams.

Visiting Berlin, Poroshenko steps up drive against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a joint press conference in Berlin to endorse Poroshenko, declaring she had “great respect” for “all of the efforts” of his government.

Russian President Putin says Ukraine crisis threatens nuclear war

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2015

Putin said that after Western-backed forces came to power in Kiev, the Kremlin feared a NATO attack on Russia and ordered its nuclear forces to prepare for all-out war.

Danger of war with Russia grows as US sends military equipment to Ukraine

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

Washington’s moves to provide military hardware to its right-wing puppet regime in Kiev, despite sharp opposition from Russia, threaten all-out war.

IMF loans $17 billion to Ukraine to repay banks, loot economy

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

The International Monetary Fund formally signed off yesterday on a $17.5 billion, four-year loan to the far-right regime in Kiev.

Canada helping arm Kiev regime to fight Ukrainian civil war

By Roger Jordan, 11 March 2015

The Canadian-Ukrainian network Ottawa has been used to promote pro-western “civil society” groups in Ukraine is now supplying arms to the Ukrainian Army.

New Anti-capitalist Party calls for escalating intervention in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 11 March 2015

The NPA’s statement, fraudulently published under the name of the ICFI, calls for the deployment of “UN peacekeepers” to police Ukraine in the interests of the imperialist powers.

“Ukraine Tomorrow”: Domestic oligarchs and western politicians plunder Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 7 March 2015

At the invitation of notorious oligarch Dmytro Fertash, representatives of the European elites met in Vienna under the banner of “Ukraine tomorrow.”

Dozens killed in fatal methane blast at east Ukraine coal mine

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2015

The deaths at the Zasyadko mine underscore yet again the bloody price that workers living in the former Soviet Union are paying for the restoration of capitalism.

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2015

As US armored vehicles paraded within sight of the Russian border, a senior American commander stressed that Washington has nuclear weapons at the ready to prosecute its conflict with Moscow.

UK joins US, Poland in sending military trainers to Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2015

London is joining the US and Polish governments in arming the Kiev regime, risking outright war with Russia.

UK steps up militaristic propaganda against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 23 February 2015

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute think tank, Sir Adrian Bradshaw stated that the alliance must prepare for a “Russian blitzkrieg” against the continent.

Refugees deported from the EU, imprisoned in Ukraine

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 February 2015

Refugees who manage to cross the border into EU countries have been immediately deported back to Ukrainian prisons where they are tortured and abused.

US-backed Kiev regime faces military debacle in east Ukraine war

By Alex Lantier, 20 February 2015

After its defeat at Debaltseve, the Kiev regime has provocatively called for military intervention by European Union peacekeepers along the border with Russia.

US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve

By Niles Williamson, 19 February 2015

US and EU officials continued to threaten further economic sanctions and military escalation as pro-Russian separatists solidified control over a key transit hub in eastern Ukraine.

Minsk cease-fire verging on collapse as fighting continues in east Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 18 February 2015

Behind the continued conflicts is the determination of the US, which installed the right-wing regime in Kiev last February, to press ahead in its campaign against Russia.

Hostilities ease in eastern Ukraine on first day of cease-fire

By Niles Williamson, 16 February 2015

The intensity of fighting declined in eastern Ukraine as the cease-fire negotiated in Minsk last week came into effect.

US and Ukrainian officials seek to torpedo Minsk cease-fire agreement

By Niles Williamson, 14 February 2015

Talk of stepped-up Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine suggests that the Obama administration is seeking to justify a decision to directly arm the Kiev regime.

Ukrainian government moves to stifle dissent as military morale plunges

By David Levine, 14 February 2015

The Ukrainian military is showing signs of decomposition and demoralization, as antiwar sentiment erupts among Ukrainians in Kiev-controlled territories.

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2015

The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite.

IMF announces new $17 billion loan agreement for Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 13 February 2015

The latest multi-billion dollar loan agreement is a prelude to further attacks on the living standards of the working class throughout Ukraine.

Ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine announced after Minsk summit

By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2015

The announcement of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine came as Washington is pushing for an escalation of the conflict that threatens to make any deal a dead letter.

Leading German newspaper says Russia should be threatened with nuclear war

By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2015

A co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung made clear he was prepared to consider the use of nuclear weapons against Russia in the Ukraine conflict.

German Left Party backs Merkel on Ukraine crisis

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2015

As tensions between Berlin and Washington have surfaced, the Left Party has abandoned all pretensions of distancing itself from German imperialism.

Fighting in Ukraine intensifies ahead of Minsk talks

By Niles Williamson, 11 February 2015

Fighting flared in east Ukraine as pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces sought to make territorial gains ahead of today’s cease-fire talks in Belarus.

Obama refuses to rule out arming Kiev following talks with Merkel

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 10 February 2015

The White House meeting focused on the intensifying crisis in Ukraine, as the US considers massive arms shipments.

German media backs confrontation with Russia over Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2015

Despite differences over whether to arm Ukraine, not a single major media outlet in Germany rejects the strategy of pursuing an aggressive confrontation with Russia.

Europe on the brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2015

“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.

German, French leaders fly to Russia amidst warnings of “total war” over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2015

While Washington considers directly arming Ukraine, European leaders warned of an uncontrolled escalation that could set off a war between nuclear armed powers.

NATO meeting in Brussels heightens danger of war with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2015

Today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels is aimed at consolidating the military alliance against Russia.

Washington moves toward arming Ukrainian regime

By Niles Williamson, 4 February 2015

The plans are being formulated behind the backs of the American people by a cabal of unelected, high-ranking military and diplomatic officials.

The US arming of Ukraine and the danger of World War III

By Alex Lantier, 3 February 2015

US plans to spend billions of dollars to equip the far-right Kiev regime with offensive weapons threaten to unleash ethnic massacres in eastern Ukraine and full-scale war between NATO and Russia.

Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2015

The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington.

Gorbachev warns Ukraine could ignite World War III

By Niles Williamson, 31 January 2015

Gorbachev’s warning comes amid escalating fighting between forces of the Western-backed regime in Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

State of emergency declared in eastern Ukraine, as US vows more sanctions against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 27 January 2015

President Obama threatened to use all means short of open war to increase pressure on Russia in the wake of renewed hostilities in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

US announces plans to deploy military advisers to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 23 January 2015

The announcement came amidst renewed fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

By Niles Williamson, 20 January 2015

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport.

Ukraine premier’s pro-Nazi version of World War II: USSR invaded Ukraine, Germany

By Lena Sokoll, 19 January 2015

On Germany’s public television channel ARD, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the USSR was the aggressor against Ukraine and Germany in World War II.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 13 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

Czech president condemns Nazi demonstration in Kiev

By Markus Salzmann, 10 January 2015

Zemen said something was “wrong” with both Ukraine and the EU, which did not condemn the demonstration.

The New York Times and Washington’s “propaganda bubble” on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015

The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup.

Putin approves new Russian military doctrine

By Clara Weiss, 31 December 2014

The new military doctrine identifies the expansion of NATO and attempts to destabilise Russia and neighbouring countries as the biggest security threats.

Ukraine parliament approves move towards NATO

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2014

Ukraine’s parliament repealed a constitutional amendment defining the country as “non-aligned,” paving the way to an eventual application to join NATO.

Putin appeals to the Russian oligarchs

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2014

The Putin regime responds to Western pressure by seeking to appease imperialism and the Russian billionaires.

Ukrainian government prepares extreme austerity measures

By David Levine, 23 December 2014

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s recently unveiled economic program will unleash an economic and social catastrophe in Ukraine.

European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2014

Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia.

Russian president downplays economic crisis

By Andrea Peters, 19 December 2014

In a marathon press conference, Putin failed to elaborate any clear measures to address the country’s currency crisis, even as reporters raised the possibility of a “palace coup.”

US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014

The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev.

Putin accuses US of seeking to undermine Russian sovereignty

By Andrea Peters and David Levine, 11 December 2014

In his annual address to parliament last week, Putin charged the US with meddling in Russia’s sphere of influence, destabilizing international security and sponsoring separatism within Russia’s borders.

NATO prepares “rapid reaction force” for confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2014

As the NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels, the US military moved to deploy tanks and armored vehicles near Russia’s borders.

France balks on delivery of Mistral helicopter-carrier to Russia

By Francis Dubois, 29 November 2014

Tensions between Paris and Moscow surged as François Hollande's Socialist Party government blocked delivery of the first of two warships for the Russian navy.

One year since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2014

Saturday marks the first anniversary of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.

New coalition plans to expand war against eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 27 November 2014

The integration of right-wing thugs into the new Ukrainian government makes clear that the regime can only enforce its reactionary program through the use of force.

Economic blockade of Ukrainian rebel regions inflicts mass suffering

By David Levine, 26 November 2014

The Ukrainian government has cut off economic relations with the rebel-controlled Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, deepening the social and economic crisis engulfing the region.

In Ukraine, US Vice President Biden issues new threats against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 November 2014

Biden traveled to Ukraine to shore up the right-wing regime in Kiev and threaten further economic sanctions against Russia.

Netherlands covers up secret pact controlling investigation of MH17 crash

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2014

The imperialist powers have exploited the tragedy as a propaganda exercise for the purpose of threatening Russia.

Russia and China expand economic cooperation

By Clara Weiss, 21 November 2014

An alliance between Russia and China is emerging in response to the US-led Pacific and Atlantic trading blocs and the Russia-NATO confrontation over Ukraine.

Russian conductor barred from German music festival

By Verena Nees, 21 November 2014

The witch-hunt against Valery Gergiev is part of the pro-war campaign of the German media and government.

Kiev, NATO step up threats against Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 20 November 2014

The Kiev government feels strengthened by the international campaign against Putin.

Canada’s Prime Minister spearheads attack on Russia at G-20 summit

By Roger Jordan, 19 November 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the lead in the hostile reception accorded Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G-20 summit.

NATO intensifies threats against Russia over Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 15 November 2014

While NATO powers are accusing Russia of violating Ukrainian sovereignty, they are themselves preparing a massive escalation of military violence.

Russian strategic bombers to patrol off US coastlines

By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2014

This is a dire warning that Moscow sees the civil war in Ukraine and the NATO build-up in Eastern Europe as an existential threat, potentially requiring a nuclear response.

Kiev escalates war in eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 12 November 2014

The fiercest fighting since the signing of a ceasefire agreement in early September took place in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk over the weekend.

Dozens of “near miss” incidents bring NATO and Russia to brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 11 November 2014

A London think tank report shows that NATO’s militarization of Eastern Europe over the Ukraine crisis has set armies worldwide on a hair trigger, risking nuclear war.

US, Europe issue new threats after elections in Ukraine’s separatist regions

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2014

Kiev is signaling its readiness to renew its military offensive against the region on the grounds that the November 2 vote violated the fragile peace deal signed with the separatists in September.

Poland to send troops to eastern border

By Sonja Bach, 4 November 2014

The historic realignment of military forces is part of NATO’s escalation against Russia.

Ukraine’s recession continues to deepen

By David Levine, 30 October 2014

National elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday as social conditions in the country continued a steep decline.

Gas dispute between Ukraine, EU and Russia threatens to escalate

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2014

A cutoff of Russian gas supplies to the EU would spell economic disaster for a number of European countries.

US, EU hail election staged by ultra-right regime in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 28 October 2014

Sunday’s parliamentary elections will be utilized to legitimize further attacks on pro-Russian opponents of the US puppet regime and impose sweeping austerity measures on the working class as a whole.

Right-wing nationalist parties dominate Ukrainian parliamentary elections

By Andrea Peters, 27 October 2014

The vast majority of the electorate in eastern Ukraine did not participate in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

Right-wing oligarchs vie for power in Ukraine elections

By Markus Salzmann and Christoph Dreier, 25 October 2014

Far from ushering in a period of democracy and freedom, the coup in February and new western-backed government have plunged Ukraine into war and dictatorship.

Human Rights Watch documents Ukrainian military’s use of cluster rockets

By Barry Grey, 22 October 2014

“The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes,” the report states.

Spanish students eject Ukrainian fascist thugs

By Alfie Cook, 18 October 2014

Madrid’s Complutense University is hosting an exhibition, “The Tragedy of Odessa,” detailing the attack by Ukrainian fascists on the trade union building in the city, which killed 42 people.

Russia, Ukraine to negotiate amid deepening crisis

By Christoph Dreier, 17 October 2014

The propositions made to Moscow in the negotiations are accompanied by massive threats and preparations for new aggression against Russia.

Germany to deploy combat troops in Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 7 October 2014

The German government is planning to send troops into Ukraine for the first time since the Second World War.

Almost 900,000 refugees from war in Ukraine flee to Russia

By Clara Weis, 1 October 2014

Although the policies of Berlin and Washington are chiefly responsible for the refugee crisis in Ukraine, it has been ignored by the Western media.

Mass graves reveal torture and executions in eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 30 September 2014

The brutal crackdown against separatists in the east of the country is closely connected with the imposition of authoritarian forms of rule throughout Ukraine.

Western powers intensify military pressure on Russia

By Stefan Steinberg, 22 September 2014

The NATO plan to establish a cordon of Western troops along Russia’s eastern border makes clear that the primary aim of the ceasefire is to buy time for the Ukrainian army to reorganise its forces.

Poland announces formation of joint military unit with Ukraine and Lithuania

By Niles Williamson, 20 September 2014

Ukraine’s participation in a joint military brigade with Poland and Lithuania, both members of NATO, is part of a reckless campaign of militarization in Eastern Europe instigated by the US and targeting Russia.

Ukrainian president delivers bellicose speech to the US Congress

By Niles Williamson, 19 September 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivered an address to a joint session of Congress in which he called for increased economic and military assistance to aid in a “war for the Free World.”

Ukrainian and European parliaments adopt EU Association Agreement

By Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2014

The Association Agreement will go down in history as a dirty deal struck between the imperialist powers of Europe and Ukrainian oligarchs at the expense of the working class.

US and NATO hold military exercises in western Ukraine, as ceasefire begins to fray in east

By Niles Williamson, 16 September 2014

Military exercise involving the US, Ukraine and a host of other countries opened Monday, while arm shipments to the pro-Western and anti-Russian regime in Kiev have begun.

US and EU expand economic sanctions against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 13 September 2014

Banks affected by the new economic restrictions include Russia’s largest lenders Sberbank, Gazprombank and Rosselkhozbank.

Amnesty International documents war crimes by pro-Kiev militia

By Julie Hyland, 11 September 2014

A report from Amnesty International confirms the Ukrainian government is using extreme-right militias to suppress political opposition.

Dutch report into Ukraine jetliner disaster continues cover-up

By Robert Stevens, 10 September 2014

The Dutch Safety Board’s preliminary report into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is being portrayed by imperialist governments as confirmation that anti-Kiev rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down the plane.

US, EU intensify military threats against Russia

By Kumaran Ira, 10 September 2014

The US and the EU are escalating military threats against Russia, while preparing a raft of new economic sanctions targeting key sections of the Russian economy.

Military maneuvers and sanctions: NATO, EU escalate threats against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 9 September 2014

The three-day marine exercise “Sea Breeze” is another Western provocation and raises the risk of a direct military confrontation with Russia.

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine despite ceasefire

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 8 September 2014

Kiev and its NATO backers are using the pause in military operations to prepare for an even more aggressive policy in their war in eastern Ukraine.

NATO steps up anti-Russian moves as ceasefire begins in Ukraine

By Jordan Shilton, 6 September 2014

Demonstrating NATO’s renewed focus on Eastern Europe, Poland announced it would host the next NATO summit, scheduled for 2016.

At NATO summit, US and Europe threaten Russia, plan military action against ISIS

By Jordan Shilton, 5 September 2014

The central role in deepening the crises in both Eastern Europe and the Middle East has been played by NATO’s leading powers, above all the United States.

NATO summit begins as anti-Russian measures heighten war danger

By Chris Marsden, 4 September 2014

At a press conference in Estonia, US President Barack Obama could scarcely conceal his hostility to anything that cut across preparations for the NATO summit to adopt a series of anti-Russian measures.

Australia to provide military backing for Ukraine regime

By Nick Beams, 4 September 2014

The announcement on Ukraine was accompanied by signals that Australian collaboration in renewed US operations in Iraq could go beyond transporting supplies and guns.

On eve of NATO summit

US and NATO step up military preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 3 September 2014

The United States and its European allies are preparing to deploy thousands of NATO troops to Eastern Europe, escalating their aggressive military moves directed against Russia.

Ukraine and the militarization of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 2 September 2014

The politics of the European bourgeoisie is a mixture of ruthless aggression and desperation. Confronted with the hopeless crisis of their system, they are rushing toward a catastrophe, just as they did in 1914 and 1939.

US and Europe escalate provocations against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 1 September 2014

This weekend’s EU summit in Brussels marked a major escalation of threats against Russia, raising the specter of full-scale war between Russia and NATO.