Ukraine

Western powers talk “peace” while eastern Ukraine is decimated

By Julie Hyland, 20 August 2014

Talks between the foreign ministers of Germany, Ukraine, France and Russia failed to produce an agreement while Ukraine continued to attack Luhansk and Donetsk.

Ukrainian army steps up offensive in the east

By Christoph Dreier, 19 August 2014

On Sunday German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned that “we continue to slide into a direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian combat forces.”

Still no evidence of Russia’s alleged military incursion into Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 19 August 2014

If reports from the Guardian and the Telegraph are to be believed, experienced journalists stood by and watched Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine without taking a photograph to record the event.

Fighting continues in east Ukraine, as Kiev regime moves on Luhansk

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2014

The Ukrainian government continued it offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east over the weekend, while a humanitarian aid convoy from Moscow continued to be held up at the border.

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?

By Niles Williamson, 18 August 2014

The deafening silence of the US media and government in regards to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 reeks of a cover-up.

Leaders of pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine resign

By Andrea Peters, 18 August 2014

As the Putin regime makes renewed overtures to the West, leading figures from the Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic have given up their posts.

Kiev’s blocking of Russian aid convoy to east Ukraine escalates risk of war

By Niles Williamson, 16 August 2014

Reports emerged Friday of the deployment of white phosphorus in the Ukrainian regime’s siege of Donetsk. Simultaneously, the threat of war increased as NATO accused Russia of sending military vehicles into Ukraine.

Gaza, Ukraine and US preparations for urban warfare

By Bill Van Auken, 14 August 2014

The Pentagon is embracing the doctrine that the next major US military interventions will most likely be against the populations of major urban centers.

Russian aid convoy prompts Ukraine war threats with US backing

By Julie Hyland, 14 August 2014

The 280 trucks left Moscow Tuesday for the 620-mile journey to Ukraine’s eastern region.

The fascist atrocities in east Ukraine and the fraud of “humanitarian” war

By Alex Lantier, 14 August 2014

The siege of Donetsk and Luhansk is a barbaric act of collective punishment that exposes the humanitarian pretenses of US and European imperialism.

Kiev pledges to block Russian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 13 August 2014

The Ukrainian army is creating a humanitarian disaster in eastern Ukraine and the government in Kiev is blocking relief supplies to the population.

US-backed Ukrainian regime shells civilians in Donetsk, Luhansk

By our reporter, 12 August 2014

The shelling damaged residential areas, hospitals and Russian Orthodox churches and claimed dozens of civilian victims.

Kiev deploys fascist militias against Donetsk

By Niles Williamson, 12 August 2014

Fascist militias, including the neo-Nazi Azov battalion, have been called on in the attack on pro-Russian separatist forces.

War threat grows as Russia prepares to intervene in east Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 12 August 2014

Plans for a Russian aid convoy in east Ukraine are setting the stage for a direct military clash between Russia and the US-backed Ukrainian regime.

Assault on Donetsk risks war with Russia

By Niles Williamson, 11 August 2014

Washington hypocritically denounced possible Russian plans for a humanitarian intervention in east Ukraine amid the bloody offensive launched by the Western-backed regime in Kiev.

Tensions grow in Germany over threat of war with Russia

By Ulrich Rippert and Peter Schwarz, 11 August 2014

A conflict between two leading German business papers, Handelsblatt and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reflects sharp tensions within ruling circles over foreign policy.

Canada providing military aid to Ukrainian regime as it wages war

By Richard Dufour, 11 August 2014

The Harper government last week significantly boosted its involvement in Washington’s aggression against Russia.

Malaysian press charges Ukraine government shot down MH 17

By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2014

Given the tightly controlled character of the Malaysian media, it appears that the accusation that Kiev shot down MH17 has the imprimatur of the Malaysian state.

Australian PM backs NATO threats against Russia

By Mike Head, 9 August 2014

Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.

US, NATO support the Ukrainian army’s bloody offensive

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Representatives of the United States, NATO and the EU have given their support to the bloody military offensive by the Ukrainian army on Thursday.

What lies behind the warmongering by Der Spiegel?

By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014

Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation with Russia.

Ukrainian offensive against Donetsk raises threat of war with Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 7 August 2014

The Ukrainian military is proceeding with enormous brutality against pro-Russian forces in east Ukraine, threatening to provoke an all-out war.

Ukrainian government forces deploy heavy weaponry as they encircle Donetsk

By Julie Hyland, 6 August 2014

Latest UN figures show that 117,000 people have been forced out of their homes in eastern Ukraine, while an additional 168,000 have moved to Russia

US spy plane incident raises more questions over MH17 crash

By our reporter, 6 August 2014

Despite the insistence of the US and the European powers that Moscow is responsible for the July 17 crash of Malaysia Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine, they have not produced any credible evidence to back up their assertions.

EU, US intensify confrontation with Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 5 August 2014

The US and European Union are stepping up their campaign against Russia as the Ukrainian army intensifies its attack on the civilian population in the east of the country.

Eastern Ukraine faces humanitarian crisis as Kiev steps up attack

By Julie Hyland, 4 August 2014

Some 230,000 people are now internally displaced in Ukraine due to the civil war unleashed by the Western-backed regime in Kiev.

Anti-conscription protests grow in Ukraine

By our reporter, 4 August 2014

The Kiev regime has extended the military draft, introduced in May, mainly affecting young men aged between 18 and 25 years of age.

Ukrainian parliament approves deployment of foreign armed forces to crash site

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2014

An investigative team is serving as an expeditionary force for armed forces from Australia and the Netherlands, amid continued fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists.

Australian pseudo-lefts line up behind US war preparations against Russia

By Nick Beams, 1 August 2014

After remaining silent for days on the downing of MH17, Socialist Alternative is providing grist to the mill of the US-led war drive against Russia.

Kiev regime’s assault on east Ukraine blocks access to MH17 crash site

By Chris Marsden, 31 July 2014

The Western-backed Kiev regime’s offensive in east Ukraine continues, blocking any access to the crash site of Malaysia flight MH17 and provoking appeals from the Netherlands, home to most of the victims.

Former US intelligence personnel challenge Obama to present evidence of Russian complicity in MH17 crash

By our reporter, 31 July 2014

The memorandum was prepared by the VIPS Steering Group led by NSA whistleblower William Binney.

Australia: Two significant reactions to the MH17 tragedy

By Peter Byrne, 31 July 2014

Two Australian families of those killed in the MH17 disaster have made statements that stand out in stark contrast to much of the commentary in the corporate media. They differ sharply from the Australian government’s agenda of exploiting the tragedy as part of the US-led campaign against Russia and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

EU imposes its first sanctions against the Russian economy

By Peter Schwarz, 30 July 2014

The EU sanctions are meant to force Russia to its knees economically, politically destabilize it, and bring about regime-change in Moscow.

Ukrainian government offensive blocks MH17 investigation

By Peter Symonds, 30 July 2014

The US and its allies have remained virtually silent on Kiev’s military offensive in this particular location, launched just as investigators were due to arrive.

US, Europe to boost sanctions on Russia

By Peter Symonds, 29 July 2014

European support for tougher sanctions reflects both pressure from Washington and a determination to exploit the MH17 crash to the hilt.

Right-wing gutter journalism: Der Spiegel rails against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 29 July 2014

In the aftermath of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, the tirades against Russia in the German press have intensified.

Washington threatens to intervene in east Ukraine fighting

By Niles Williamson, 28 July 2014

The Obama administration is preparing “real time” targeting information on the location of Russian-backed separatist fighters to the Ukrainian armed forces.

Russian media allege flight MH17 shot down by Ukrainian missile unit

By Peter Schwarz, 26 July 2014

Citing Ukrainian security sources, Russian news agencies report that a Ukrainian anti-aircraft unit accidentally shot down the Malaysian airliner.

Provocative Australian-Dutch push for security forces at MH17 crash site

By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2014

There is nothing benign about what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described yesterday as “a humanitarian mission”.

Ukraine prime minister resigns as NATO, Australia prepare intervention in east

By Alex Lantier, 25 July 2014

The far-right Kiev government collapsed yesterday as Kiev's bloody civil war in east Ukraine continued to escalate.

New Zealand parliament backs anti-Russian campaign over MH17 disaster

By Tom Peters, 25 July 2014

All the parties voted unanimously in parliament to pressure Moscow to allow Western intervention in eastern Ukraine.

US lies and hypocrisy on Gaza and Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2014

The same government that is wringing its hands over the airliner deaths in Ukraine and making the most provocative charges of moral responsibility, is totally complicit in the deaths in Gaza.

EU foreign ministers announce “forceful” measures against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 23 July 2014

Having destabilised Ukraine and ratcheted up tensions with Russia, the NATO powers are implementing measures they know could devastate the European and world economy.

Australian prime minister lauded over anti-Russian stance and MH17 resolution

By James Cogan, 23 July 2014

All the establishment parties have come together in a display of “national unity,” based on condemnations of Russia, manufactured sorrow and boasts of Australia strutting the “world stage.”

European powers seize on flight MH17 crash as pretext for war

By Peter Schwarz, 22 July 2014

The way the crash of flight MH17 in Ukraine is being politically exploited parallels the way the 9/11 terrorist attack in the US was utilized to pursue reactionary aims.

Russian army data points to Ukrainian role in Malaysian Airlines MH17 crash

By Alex Lantier, 22 July 2014

Russian radar and satellite imagery raises serious questions as to the role of the Ukrainian regime and its Western backers in the MH17 crash.

UN resolution on Flight MH17: Australia the cat’s paw for US threats against Russia

By James Cogan, 22 July 2014

The Australian government’s diplomatic intervention is carefully coordinated with Washington.

US escalates threats against Russia over Ukraine crash

By Alex Lantier, 21 July 2014

Though it remains unclear why MH17 crashed or what role Russia played in the tragedy, Washington is using it to escalate its offensive against Moscow and bring Europe into line with US policy.

UK government, media demand punitive action against Moscow over MH17 crash

By Julie Hyland, 21 July 2014

David Cameron has seized on Thursday’s tragic crash in eastern Ukraine to demand a “reset of European-Russia relations.”

Canada backs imperialist aggression in Gaza and Ukraine

By Richard Dufour, 21 July 2014

Canada’s Conservative government has applauded Israel’s assault on Gaza, while seizing upon the crash of a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over Ukraine to ratchet up its support for the US-led drive against Russia.

The crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 19 July 2014

The remarks Friday by President Barack Obama on the tragic crash of flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine raised far more questions than they answered.

Following Malaysian plane disaster: German media pushes for confrontation with Moscow

By Peter Schwarz, 19 July 2014

Barely 24 hours after the crash of the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine, German media outlets are pushing for an escalation of the confrontation with Russia.

Australian political establishment threatens Russia over MH17 crash

By Will Morrow, 19 July 2014

The Australian political elite functions as a chief diplomatic adjunct to Washington’s aggressive intrigues in every corner of the globe.

Washington seizes on Malaysian airliner crash in Ukraine to threaten Russia

By Alex Lantier, 18 July 2014

Before anyone could determine how this tragedy took place, US politicians and media demanded stepped-up action against Russia.

Fascist atrocities mount as US-backed regime assaults eastern Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 17 July 2014

Ukrainian government forces are unleashing a reign of terror against cities in eastern Ukraine, with the support of Washington and the European Union.

The bombing of eastern Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 16 July 2014

The brutal actions against the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine are meant to terrorise all those who oppose the political and social aims of the regime in Kiev.

Ukraine military launches air attacks on Russian-speaking cities in east

By Christoph Dreier, 15 July 2014

The ruthlessness and brutality of the Ukrainian army increase the danger of a direct military confrontation with Russia.

Moscow threatens response after Ukraine forces shell Russian border town

By Alex Lantier, 14 July 2014

Russian officials vowed to respond to the Ukrainian shelling of a Russian border town, amid the offensive by troops of the Western-backed regime in east Ukraine.

Kiev regime launches “total assault” against east Ukraine rebels

By Christoph Dreier, 12 July 2014

In consultation with its allies in Europe and the United States, the Ukrainian army is launching a “total assault” on the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

Kiev regime pursues east Ukraine offensive, threatens to ban Communist Party

By Christoph Dreier, 11 July 2014

The brutal military offensive by the Ukrainian government, backed by the US and EU, makes clear the reactionary character of the regime in Kiev.

Ukrainian army prepares siege of Donetsk

By Christoph Dreier, 9 July 2014

After regaining control of Slavyansk, the Kiev regime has announced an offensive against the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.

US-backed regime retakes Slavyansk, threatens bloodbath in eastern Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 7 July 2014

Having seized strategic towns, forces of the US-backed Ukrainian regime are attacking the major cities of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Ukraine: Berlin foreign ministers meeting brings no solution

By Peter Schwarz, 4 July 2014

While the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine met in Berlin, Kiev continued its brutal offensive against eastern Ukrainian towns and villages.

New York Times backs Poroshenko’s offensive in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 3 July 2014

The Times is advocating in Europe the policies of war and regime change it supported in the disastrous US interventions in the Middle East.

Poroshenko launches bloody assault on eastern Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 2 July 2014

Ukrainian President Poroshenko authorised artillery bombardments around the rebel-controlled cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, following the end of a nominal ceasefire.

Ukraine’s economic crisis to intensify

By David Levine, 30 June 2014

A new report by the Civil Initiatives Committee documents the devastating impact the Ukraine-EU agreement will have on the country’s economy.

Ukraine’s EU Association Agreement a prelude to further bloodshed

By Chris Marsden, 28 June 2014

The refusal of Ukraine’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, to sign the deal last November was used by the United States and Germany to initiate a coup led by pro-Western oligarchs and fascist forces.

Kiev deploys fascists against political opponents

By Clara Weiss, 28 June 2014

The Ukrainian government is deploying paramilitary groups in close collaboration with the army against opposition in the eastern part of the country.

US, NATO deliver fresh ultimatums to Russia over Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 27 June 2014

Secretary of State Kerry warned that Moscow had just “hours” to take steps to end the revolt in eastern Ukraine.

Government military offensive in eastern Ukraine continues

By Chris Marsden, 23 June 2014

Ukraine’s armed forces are continuing what they describe as an “anti-terrorist” operation in eastern Ukraine against pro-Russian separatists opposed to the Kiev regime installed by the Western powers.

Ukraine regime launches military blitz after floating ceasefire plan

By Bill Van Auken, 20 June 2014

The most intense fighting since the Kiev regime launched its “anti-terrorist operation” has erupted in the immediate aftermath of Poroshenko proposing a unilateral ceasefire.

Bulgaria suspends construction of South Stream pipeline

By our correspondents, 19 June 2014

The EU and US have forced Bulgaria to halt construction of a pipeline that would allow Russian gas supplies to Europe to bypass Ukraine.

Ukrainian military kills Russian journalists in assault on rebel-held town

By Barry Grey, 18 June 2014

Two Russian journalists were killed Tuesday after being hit by mortar shells fired directly at them by Ukrainian government forces attacking the rebel-held town of Metallist.

The German president’s call to arms

By Peter Schwarz, 17 June 2014

At the end of a three-day visit to Norway, the German president reiterated his call for a more aggressive German foreign policy.

US-backed rightists attack Russian embassy in Kiev

By Alex Lantier, 16 June 2014

The attack on the embassy was designed to inflame international tensions and move the Ukrainian crisis towards war between Russia and the major Western powers.

Ukraine regime claims control of key port city

By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2014

Mariupol is the largest city in eastern Ukraine under the control of pro-Kiev military forces.

Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview

Part two

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 10 June 2014

The collaboration of Germany and the US with Ukrainian fascists has historical precedents reaching back 100 years.

Newly installed President Poroshenko pledges to militarise Ukraine and crush rebellion in the east

By Mike Head, 9 June 2014

While the Western media portrayed it as a powerful performance, the speech only underscored the fact that Poroshenko is nothing but a front man for German and particularly American imperialism.

Nationalism and fascism in Ukraine: A historical overview

Part one

By Konrad Kreft and Clara Weiss, 9 June 2014

The collaboration of Germany and the US with Ukrainian fascists has historical precedents reaching back 100 years.

Obama backs state terror against eastern Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 5 June 2014

Meeting with billionaire President-Elect Poroshenko, Obama backed the regime’s “anti-terrorism operation” and offered military supplies and training to carry it out.

Obama escalates NATO confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 4 June 2014

Amid an increasingly bloody offensive by the Kiev regime in eastern Ukraine, Obama began talks in Poland Tuesday aimed at ratcheting up military pressure on Russia.

Obama heads to Europe for week of meetings directed against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 3 June 2014

The US is seeking to rally Eastern European countries and the G-7 powers for stepped-up economic and military pressure against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Ukraine military helicopter shot down as battles flare in the east

By Patrick Martin, 30 May 2014

Fourteen soldiers, including a general, were killed in the worst setback for the Ukrainian regime since it ordered an offensive against the pro-Russian population of the Donetsk region.

The bloodbath in Donetsk

By Thomas Gaist and Barry Grey, 28 May 2014

The mass killings in Donetsk have further exploded the efforts to portray February’s Western-orchestrated putsch as a “democratic revolution” and underscored the reactionary character of Washington’s puppet regime in Kiev.

New Ukraine government launches airstrikes, prepares austerity measures

By Thomas Gaist, 27 May 2014

Newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed to crush resistance in the east Monday, launching strikes against separatist militants in and around an airport in Donestsk.

Unease in UK’s political elite after Prince Charles compares Putin to Hitler

By Julie Hyland, 27 May 2014

For the last weeks, the main political parties and the media have sought to draw a veil of silence over events in Ukraine.

Billionaire oligarch declared winner in Ukraine elections

By Thomas Gaist, 26 May 2014

“Chocolate king” Petro Poroshenko has been declared the winner in sham elections in Ukraine, held under conditions of mounting violence against opponents of the US-backed regime.

On eve of election, Ukraine slides toward civil war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2014

Ukrainian armed forces suffered their worst losses since launching a military crackdown against civilian populations opposing the coup regime in Kiev.

New York Times’ vision of Ukrainian “democracy”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2014

The New York Times, which from the outset of the Ukrainian crisis has tailored its coverage slavishly to the line of the US State Department, spelled out its vision for a “democratic Ukraine” Wednesday in an editorial entitled “A Critical Election in Ukraine.”

West promotes election held at gunpoint in Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2014

Washington and Berlin are promoting an election being staged under virtual civil war conditions as the means of legitimizing the illegal Western-backed coup last February.

Ukrainian regime detains journalists working for Russian media

By Alex Lantier, 22 May 2014

The unelected regime in Kiev and its Western backers are desperate to suppress critical reporting in the run-up to the May 25 presidential elections.

Political repression mounts in run-up to Ukrainian presidential vote

By Alex Lantier, 20 May 2014

As the unelected Western-backed regime in Kiev prepares to hold presidential elections on May 25, right-wing forces are attacking and murdering members of opposition parties.

Akhmetov and other oligarchs seek role as Ukraine’s policemen

By Chris Marsden, 17 May 2014

Once again, the New York Times has distinguished itself only as a conduit for the crudest propaganda in the service of US imperialism.

Despite round table talks, Ukrainian regime escalates crackdown

By Johannes Stern, 16 May 2014

Though the Kremlin supported “round table” talks in Kiev, distancing itself from pro-Russian protesters, the Western-backed regime in Kiev is stepping up its crackdown.

French President Hollande visits Caucasus amid Ukranian crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 16 May 2014

On May 11-13, French President François Hollande visited the ex-Soviet republics in the South Caucasus to boost energy and diplomatic ties amid the Ukraine crisis.

US Vice President Biden’s son, Kerry fundraiser take positions with Ukrainian gas firm

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2014

Hunter Biden, the US vice president’s younger son, will become a director and legal adviser to the largest private natural gas production company in Ukraine.

Sweden strengthens military in response to Ukraine crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 15 May 2014

Sweden’s government has revealed plans to boost military spending by more than 10 percent over the next ten years.

Kiev regime spurns German foreign minister’s call for “round table” talks with pro-Russian separatists

By Barry Grey, 14 May 2014

The Western powers are increasingly concerned that resistance in east Ukraine to the ultra-right Kiev regime could spark either civil war or a broader rebellion.

NATO, Kiev escalate threats after eastern Ukraine referendums

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2014

After the broad popular rejection of the pro-Western puppet regime in Kiev, clashes intensified in eastern Ukraine and the NATO powers escalated threats against Russia.

Blackwater mercenaries direct Kiev regime’s crackdown in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 13 May 2014

Hundreds of US mercenaries are directing the repression of pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine by the NATO puppet regime in Kiev, according to German media reports.