Ukraine

Why socialists should support the uprisings against Ukraine’s Maidan movement and its far-right government

By Richard Brenner 1 May 2014 In the course of the argument over Ukraine, Workers Power has been accused of being soft on Russia or even supporting Russian imperialism. This is absolutely not the case. We opposed Russia’s war in Chechnya; we oppose Russian imperialism’s backing for the Assad regime in Syria. We supported the […]

Workers Power  ·  02 May 2014

Oppose the repression in East Ukraine

Published by the International Secretariat, League for the Fifth International The crisis in Eastern Ukraine has a very different character from the myth presented in the “western” media. Here, there are relentless reports that it is the Russian army and Russian tanks that are about to “invade” Ukraine and violate its right to self-determination. In […]

Workers Power  ·  17 April 2014

The mass movement in Eastern Ukraine: an eyewitness report

By Franz Ickstatt, Gruppe Arbeitermacht, German section of the League for a Fifth International In the German media, the protest movement in the south and east of Ukraine is presented only as disturbances manipulated by Moscow as an excuse for the Russian aggressor to put more pressure on the struggle for an independent Ukraine and […]

Workers Power  ·  07 April 2014

Ukraine: Maidan and Antimaidan

By KD Tait The crisis in Ukraine has divided the international left and produced the deepest international crisis in Europe in 15 years. We argue that the conflict and our response must be situated in the context of a new period of inter-imperialist rivalry. The capitalist crisis, which began in 2007-08, has developed into a […]

Workers Power  ·  07 April 2014

Dollar bills and F15s: how the West plans to win Ukraine

By KD Tait An austerity package, for the “prevention of financial catastrophe”, passed by the Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on March 29, threatens to deliver the people of Ukraine firmly into the grip of western imperialism. The bill, passed by a parliament purged of former President Yanukovych’s supporters, confirms that the decisive question characterising […]

Workers Power  ·  07 April 2014

Between imperialisms: Ukraine, Crimea and the Tatar Question

By Kady Tait On 16 March, the population of Crimea voted overwhelmingly for federation with Russia. The results of the referendum were immediately rejected by all the major western imperialist powers, which have now barred Russia from G8 meetings and applied sanctions to figures in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s entourage. In response to manoeuvres by […]

Workers Power  ·  04 April 2014

Ukraine: A review of Russian public opinion

The League has received this survey of Russian opinion from a correspondent in Russia. According to the WCIOM (The Russian Public Opinion Service) 73% of Russian citizens are against of any intervention of Russia into the conflict between opposition and state authorities because this is internal problem of the country, that was announced on the […]

Workers Power  ·  17 March 2014

Ukraine: Kyiv regime rules under fascist whip

For the first time since the Second World War, fascists have come to power through an insurrectionary movement. Kady Tait reviews the situation

Workers Power  ·  10 March 2014

Ukraine: nationalist coup sparks imperialist tensions

The Ukrainian working class has no reason to regret the downfall of the corrupt Viktor Yanukovich or his ministers and police chiefs. His brutal repression on the 30 November of a peaceful occupation of Independence Square, using Berkut special forces, launched a movement which would eventually bring him down. Then, on February 20-21, police snipers […]

Workers Power  ·  27 February 2014

Counter-revolution in Ukraine: mobilise against reactionary coup and fascist militias

By Peter Main The overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by the Euromaidan movement marks a major strategic advance for the imperialists of the EU, led by Germany. Although their preferred option was a “controlled” transfer of power via early elections and a compromise with opposition leaders, it is a mark of their determination to […]

Workers Power  ·  23 February 2014

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