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.
By Niall Green, 23 September 2009
As in the disputed presidential election of November 2004, bitter disputes between rival sections of the ruling elite—and the interests of foreign powers—are dominating the campaign for Ukraine’s presidential election to be held in January.
By Niall Green, 23 July 2009
US Vice President Biden visited the former Soviet republics of Ukraine and Georgia this week. Despite recent concessions in certain strategic areas, Biden’s tour is a warning to Moscow that Washington retains strong interests in the region.
By Niall Green, 4 July 2009
The political movement of defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, named the “Green Wave” due to its campaign color, has striking parallels with the US-backed “color revolutions” in the former Soviet republics of Georgia and Ukraine.
By Vladimir Volkov, 3 February 2009
The natural gas dispute sharpened Ukraine’s political and economic tensions, provoked a wave of anger in Europe and reinforced European desires to diversify its sources of gas.
By Niall Green, 26 January 2009
A deal has been reached to end the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Millions across Europe have been left with little or no gas for heating in the middle of winter.
By Niall Green, 16 January 2009
The gas flow from Russia to Ukraine tentatively resumed on Tuesday—only to halt amid accusations of theft and US conspiracy. But despite efforts in Brussels and Berlin, the European powers have proven incapable of responding in a coherent unified manner to the crisis, putting national self-interests first.
Dispute exposes crisis of European energy strategy
By Niall Green, 13 January 2009
Russia, Ukraine and officials from the European Union have agreed to a deal to resume natural gas supplies to Europe after Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom turned off gas supplies for Ukraine on January 1.
With sub-zero temperatures across Europe
By Niall Green, 10 January 2009
With sub-zero temperatures across Europe Russia-Ukraine gas dispute leaves thousands without heat By Niall Green 10 January 2009
With sub-zero temperatures across Europe
By Niall Green, 9 January 2009
Natural gas supplies from Russia to Europe via Ukraine have been halted or greatly reduced in the latest stage of a dispute between the ex-Soviet neighbours over prices and allegations of unpaid bills.
By Niall Green, 8 January 2009
Gas exports from Russia to Europe via Ukraine have come to a complete halt, according to Naftogaz.
By Niall Green, 22 December 2008
The two parties associated with the “Orange Revolution” in Ukraine have re-established their parliamentary coalition, three months after it collapsed amidst bitter acrimony and accusations of treason.
By Peter Symonds, 1 November 2008
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), backed by central banks in the US and Europe, has taken drastic steps over the past week to prop up so-called emerging economies around the world from Asia to Eastern Europe and Latin America.
By Niall Green, 23 October 2008
The economies of central and eastern Europe are being rocked by the crisis of world capitalism, compounded by the corrupt and pro-big business policies of their local elites.
By Niall Green, 10 September 2008
The coalition government of Ukraine, made up of the party of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the smaller Our Ukraine party of President Viktor Yushchenko, collapsed in bitter acrimony on Wednesday, September 3.