By Patrick O’Connor, 24 March 2014
The Obama administration is now seeking to exploit the crisis that it instigated as a new pretext for further aggressive manoeuvres.
By Keith Jones, 24 March 2014
At a joint press conference with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the interim prime minister installed as a result of last month’s coup, Harper repeatedly denounced and threatened Russia.
By Mike Head, 22 March 2014
Amid intensifying sanctions and military provocations against Russia, the EU and the Western-backed government in Ukraine yesterday signed a pact that paves the way for brutal austerity measures and free market “reforms.”
By Christoph Dreier, 22 March 2014
The German government’s confrontational approach towards Russia is supported by all the parties in the federal parliament but none do so as aggressively and hysterically as the Greens.
By Ulrich Rippert, 22 March 2014
A prominent Germany newspaper recently interviewed Ukrainian oligarch Yulia Tymoshenko, who accused Russia of seeking to “redraw the map of the world through war, mass murder and blood.”
By Alex Lantier, 21 March 2014
Claims that Washington is defending Ukraine against Russian aggression are lies, promoted to give discredited policies of imperialist war a new lease on life.
By Mike Head, 21 March 2014
In announcing the sanctions, the Australian foreign minister specifically warned of a potential military confrontation.
By Ulrich Rippert, 21 March 2014
In a statement on the situation in Ukraine, the Left Party’s executive has condemned “threats of military action by the Russian Federation.”
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 20 March 2014
In response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in the Ukraine crisis, US and European officials called for putting NATO on a perpetual war footing against Moscow.
By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2014
A shocking video on YouTube shows the reign of terror fascist thugs are unleashing in the streets of Kiev following last month’s Western-backed putsch.
By Johannes Stern, 20 March 2014
Following the referendum in Crimea, leading German media outlets are intensifying their warmongering while calling for tough sanctions against Russia.
By Chris Marsden, 19 March 2014
The United States is lining up its puppet regime in Ukraine and its regional allies to prepare a series of military provocations against Russia.
By Chris Marsden, 19 March 2014
All invocations of Ukrainian sovereignty are in reference to a government that was installed by a coup engineered and financed by the Western powers.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 March 2014
The Israeli government is supporting the fascist-led coup in Ukraine and keeping silent on the role of neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic forces.
By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2014
As he announced the imposition of sanctions, President Obama signaled that the US would consider all means necessary, including military action, to humiliate and crush Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2014
US and EU officials pushed for sanctions and military escalation against Russia after Crimea rejected the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev and voted to join Russia.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2014
Sunday’s referendum in Crimea has been seized upon to escalate the imperialist offensive in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, whose ultimate aim is regime change or war against Russia.
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2014
The former Marine Corps officer with Special Forces training has been closely aligned with US dirty work in the Middle East and Central Asia.
By Alex Lantier, 15 March 2014
Pressure from Washington and the European powers is driving the Ukrainian crisis to the brink of war.
By Julie Hyland, 15 March 2014
Social devastation is to be unleashed against a country that has already been subjected to the scorched earth economics of capitalist restoration.
By Keith Jones, 15 March 2014
While Iran has signaled its readiness to reach an accommodation with Washington, there are huge apprehensions and bitter internal conflicts over this course of action.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 14 March 2014
Ahead of Sunday’s referendum on the status of Crimea, Berlin and Washington are escalating pressure on Russia, risking civil war in Ukraine and war with Russia itself.
By Chris Marsden, 14 March 2014
Callinicos happily forgets what he wrote in 2008 because he is intent on defending the putsch carried out by Washington in Kiev and insisting that Russia is the imperialist aggressor.
After White House meeting with Ukrainian prime minister
By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014
The US has effectively taken operational control of the military activities of Ukraine’s neighbours.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2014
Two weeks after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was chased out of office by armed gangs of fascists, the German media is virtually unanimous in support of the confrontational course adopted by Berlin and Washington towards Russia.
By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014
With Ukraine facing the likely secession of Crimea, the far-right regime in Kiev is moving to slash social spending and build a new army.
By Alex Lantier, 12 March 2014
The EU’s 2012 resolution condemning Ukrainian fascism refutes media claims that fascism plays only a minor role in the new pro-Western regime in Kiev.
By Julie Hyland, 12 March 2014
The unelected Ukrainian government has appointed prominent oligarchs to head regional administrations in Ukraine’s most important industrial eastern regions.
By Ulrich Rippert, 12 March 2014
On the issue of the conflict in Ukraine leading German newspapers have replaced any serious attempt to convince their readers with a barrage of propaganda.
By Johannes Stern, 11 March 2014
Officials from the EU and the US are reportedly to meet in London today to discuss another round of sanctions that could be formally adopted at an EU foreign ministers summit on March 17—the day after the Crimean referendum.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 March 2014
The United States has systematically violated the national sovereignty of Ukraine to unconstitutionally overthrow an elected government and install a far-right regime that includes Neo-Nazis whose thugs served as the shock troops for the February 22 putsch.
By Chris Marsden, 10 March 2014
Washington spent the weekend ramping up pressure on its allies to intensify the provocations and threats against Russia over Ukraine.
By Ulrich Rippert, 10 March 2014
The escalation of the crisis in Ukraine is being used to fire a media propaganda campaign against widespread anti-war attitudes in Germany.
By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2014
A Russian foreign ministry statement condemned the US and EU sanctions as “extremely unconstructive” and warned “they will not remain unanswered.”
By Tom Peters, 8 March 2014
Labour, the Greens and the Mana Party supported the government’s motion condemning Russia and backing the extreme right-wing US-backed regime installed in Kiev.
By Alex Lantier, 7 March 2014
The Western powers ratcheted up threats and sanctions against Russia Thursday, while the US mounted a major military buildup in Europe.
By Peter Schwarz and David North, 7 March 2014
It is becoming clearer every day that the United States and Germany instigated the crisis in Ukraine with the intention of provoking a confrontation with Russia.
By Ulrich Rippert, 7 March 2014
So-called liberal German media outlets have responded to the intensification of the crisis in Ukraine with a vehement campaign for war.
By Peter Symonds, 7 March 2014
Japanese support for the US confrontation with Russia is undermining Tokyo’s efforts over the past year to forge closer ties with Moscow.
By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2014
The military moves were a continuation of the provocative stance the US has adopted following Russian moves to secure Crimea in the wake of the anti-Russian coup in Ukraine.
By Julie Hyland, 6 March 2014
For the first time since 1945, an avowedly anti-Semitic, pro-Nazi party controls key levers of state power in a European capital, courtesy of US and European imperialism.
By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2014
More details are emerging on the forces the imperialist powers relied upon to oust Yanukovych.
By Chris Marsden, 5 March 2014
Having backed a fascist-led putsch in Ukraine, US officials are seeking to deepen alliances with various ex-Soviet republics in order to isolate Russia.
By Barry Grey and David North, 5 March 2014
The fact that Washington has chosen to provoke a direct confrontation with a nuclear power must be taken by the people of the world as a stark warning.
By James Cogan, 5 March 2014
The response of China to the US- and European Union-backed coup in Ukraine, and Russia’s subsequent intervention to maintain control over the Crimean peninsula, is being closely monitored by political leaders and strategic analysts around the world. Any decision by Beijing to openly support Moscow’s actions would dramatically escalate the global tensions that now exist.
By Peter Symonds, 5 March 2014
The entire Australian political and media establishment has lined up in lock-step behind the Obama administration’s intervention into the Ukraine crisis, its support of last month’s fascist-led putsch and its denunciations of Russian President Vladimir Putin for the dispatch of troops into Crimea.
By Stefan Steinberg, 4 March 2014
The world is being brought face to face with the disastrous consequences of the dissolution of the USSR, which has left the region vulnerable to imperialist intrigue, provocations and the rise of far-right forces functioning as tools of imperialism.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 March 2014
In the wake of the right-wing coup in Ukraine organized by the United States and the European powers, the American media is unleashing a torrent of lies and propaganda.
By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014
Canada’s Conservative government is issuing bellicose threats against Russia in unison with the Obama administration.
By Alex Lantier, 3 March 2014
The tensions between Moscow and Kiev directly raise the risk of a clash between Russia and the NATO powers backing Kiev.
By The International Committee of the Fourth International, 3 March 2014
The crisis that has erupted in Ukraine following the right-wing coup engineered by the United States and Germany and the intervention of Russia into Crimea has created the most dangerous international confrontation since the end of World War II.
By the International Committee of the Fourth International, 3 March 2014
The attribution of this statement to the ICFI is a political provocation whose purpose is to discredit Trotskyism by associating it with the right-wing politics of the neo-Pabloite organizations.
By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2014
The putsch engineered by Washington in alliance with corrupt oligarchs and fascist gangs threatens to lead to a direct clash between Russia and the US and European powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 March 2014
Who are Obama and Kerry to lecture Moscow on “stability” and “territorial integrity” after US imperialism has promoted mayhem and the breakup of states in the region?
By Stefan Steinberg, 28 February 2014
US and European statements calling upon other countries to avoid “provocative action” in Ukraine are utterly hypocritical.
By Alex Lantier, 27 February 2014
Moscow carried out large-scale military exercises yesterday amid rising tensions over the Crimea with the Western-backed, far-right regime in Kiev.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 February 2014
What is at stake in the Ukraine is an international struggle for power and influence that stretches back a quarter of a century.
By Alex Lantier, 26 February 2014
Amid pressure for austerity from international banks and rising tensions with Russia, Saturday’s fascist-led putsch is proving to be an attempt to impose a dictatorship of finance capital.
By Peter Schwarz, 25 February 2014
What has seemed unthinkable since 1945 has come to pass: while the US and Germany ruthlessly destabilized Ukraine, fascists have become the decisive force on the ground.
By Chris Marsden, 24 February 2014
After Saturday’s putsch backed by the US and European Union, fascistic elements allied to various sections of the Ukrainian oligarchy have seized Kiev.
By Kumaran Ira, 24 February 2014
Paris’ embrace of Ukrainian fascists exposes the political criminality of its foreign policy and the hypocrisy of its claims to oppose neo-fascism in France.
By Peter Schwarz and Alex Lantier, 22 February 2014
On Friday, President Viktor Yanukovych signed an agreement meeting key demands of the far-right demonstrators in Ukraine.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 February 2014
The Obama administration and its European allies are supporting far-right and fascistic political forces to achieve their aim of regime-change in Ukraine.
By Peter Schwarz, 20 February 2014
Political leaders in Washington, Berlin and Brussels are prepared to split Ukraine, drive the country into civil war and risk a conflagration in the entire region to achieve their geopolitical goals.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 February 2014
Amid warnings of a “coup” and “civil war,” Washington and the EU threatened sanctions against Ukrainian officials as part of the escalating Western campaign for regime change.
By Oliver Campbell and Peter Symonds, 19 February 2014
The bloody scenes in Kiev are the direct outcome of the campaign waged by the US and Germany to oust Ukrainian President Yanukovych.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 February 2014
The leaked tape of a phone call between the State Department’s Victoria Nuland and the US ambassador to Ukraine provides an unvarnished expression of the gangster methods employed by US imperialism.
By Alex Lantier, 8 February 2014
The leaked US diplomatic call provides a glimpse of how Washington organizes provocations to install authoritarian regimes in countries it is targeting.
By Patrick O’Connor, 7 February 2014
US officials discussed which right-wing opposition figures were to be placed in power in Ukraine.
By Alex Lantier, 5 February 2014
The “Open letter on the future of Ukraine” issued by Western academics and foreign policy operatives is a vile defense of the ongoing far-right protests in Ukraine.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 February 2014
In Ukraine, the EU and the US are seeking to install a technocratic government pledged to implement harsh economic reforms and change the constitution.
By Stefan Steinberg, 31 January 2014
The regime of Yanukovych and his cronies is being pressured out of office to make way for a regime more aligned on US and EU interests.
By Stefan Steinberg, 29 January 2014
The Ukrainian government’s resignation followed intense pressure by the European Union and the US which both intervened directly to promote opposition protests.
By Alex Lantier, 28 January 2014
The intervention of the oligarchs underscores the anti-working class austerity agenda driving both the regime and the far-right opposition.
By Stefan Steinberg, 27 January 2014
Pro-Western opposition forces in Ukraine have pushed the country one step closer to civil war by insisting on regime-change.
By Alex Lantier, 24 January 2014
The right-wing, Western-backed opposition threatened to step up violent protests, as pro-opposition rioters took over state buildings in several cities in western Ukraine.
By Stefan Steinberg, 23 January 2014
In seeking to topple the Yanukovich regime, the EU and US have unleashed nationalist and neo-fascist forces that threaten to plunge Ukraine into turmoil.
By Stefan Steinberg, 21 January 2014
Having brought Ukraine to the brink of civil war, Berlin has advised the opposition to enter talks with the government.
By Johannes Stern, 18 December 2013
The deal between Putin and Yanukovich is at least for the time being a setback for European and US imperialism.
By Alex Lantier, 16 December 2013
Demonstrations for and against Ukrainian membership in the European Union shook Kiev as the EU pressed for deeper austerity measures.
By Peter Schwarz, 14 December 2013
The absence of the working class as an independent and self-conscious force is bound up with the reactionary legacy of Stalinism.
By Johannes Stern, 14 December 2013
The power struggle in the Ukraine intensified after the failure of round-table talks between the government and right-wing parties leading pro-European Union protests.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 December 2013
Pro-European Union protesters continued to occupy Independence Square in Kiev yesterday after riot police failed in an attempt to force them off the streets.
By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2013
The current political crisis in Ukraine centers around which group of rival oligarchs will come out on top.
By Stefan Steinberg, 10 December 2013
The government has set an ultimatum to demonstrators expiring at midnight, at which time all occupied government buildings are to be vacated.
By Alex Lantier, 9 December 2013
Hundreds of thousands participated in right-wing, pro-EU protests against the oligarchic regime of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich.
By Peter Schwarz, 6 December 2013
The protests in Ukraine bear the label “Made in Germany,” “Made in the EU” and “Made in America.”
By Peter Schwarz, 3 December 2013
There is no fight for democracy and the rule of law taking place in Ukraine, but rather a conflict among oligarchs and a power struggle between Europe and Russia.
By Clara Weiss and Peter Schwarz, 27 November 2013
On Thursday, Ukraine suddenly abandoned plans to closely link itself with the European Union, provoking a political crisis in the country.
By Clara Weiss, 8 November 2013
The planned signing of an association and free trade agreement between the European Union and Ukraine has led to sharp tensions with Russia.
By Clara Weiss, 22 August 2013
Russia’s Customs Agency halted the import of Ukrainian goods to Russia last Thursday.
By Niall Green, 30 April 2012
Explosions in Ukraine point to mounting tensions within the country’s ruling elite.
By Niall Green, 24 October 2011
Russia has struck a free-trade deal with several of its ex-Soviet neighbors. The move is especially significant as it brings Ukraine and Russia closer together at a time when the EU is attempting to strike its own trade deal with Kiev.
By Niall Green, 12 June 2010
The new administration in Kiev seeks to improve ties with Moscow and the EU, while preparing with austerity measures against the working class.
By Niall Green, 3 March 2010
The crushing defeat of Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine’s presidential poll in January and the election of Viktor Yanukovich in the second round vote held February 7 mark the ignominious end of the 2004 “Orange Revolution.”
By Andrea Peters, 13 February 2010
Ukraine remains embroiled in political conflict after last weekend’s run-off election that gave the presidency to Viktor Yanukovich, who defeated rival Yulia Timoshenko by a margin of just over 3 percent.
By Niall Green, 21 January 2010
The humiliating defeat of incumbent Viktor Yushchenko in Sunday’s Ukrainian presidential election represents a serious blow to the strategic interests of the United States.
By Niall Green, 16 January 2010
Five years after the “Orange Revolution,” and with the country mired in economic crisis, the same oligarchic politicians vie for power in an election that has generated little enthusiasm among the Ukrainian people.
By Niall Green, 28 December 2009
Five years after gaining office in the “Orange Revolution,” Viktor Yushchenko faces defeat in an election in which the same oligarchic forces vie for power as in 2004. Meanwhile ordinary Ukrainians endure the ravages of the global economic crisis.
By Niall Green, 29 October 2009
Five years after the “Orange Revolution,” the Ukrainian economy is in the deepest crisis since the post-Soviet economic and social implosion of the 1990s.