Ukraine

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.

What took place in Odessa on May 2?

By Stefan Steinberg, 13 May 2014

The aim of the May 2 massacre in Odessa, followed by the Ukrainian military offensive in Mariupol, is to terrorize all opposition to the putschist regime in Kiev.

US, Europe issue further threats over self-rule referenda in eastern Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 12 May 2014

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s two eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk have declared a victory for “self-rule” in referenda held yesterday.

Mariupol killings: US backs Ukrainian regime’s reign of terror

By Mike Head, 10 May 2014

After tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavily armed troops were unleashed on unarmed civilians in Mariupol, the Kiev regime claimed to have killed some 20 people.

By its silence, New Anti-capitalist Party supports Odessa massacre

By Anthony Torres, 10 May 2014

The NPA is silent about the Odessa atrocity because it supports the imperialist intervention in Ukraine and the far-right regime in Kiev.

US, Kiev puppet regime escalate Ukraine conflict after Russian concessions

By Alex Lantier, 9 May 2014

Western officials stepped up threats against Russia, as the far-right puppet regime in Kiev dismissed Moscow's attempt to fashion a truce in east Ukraine.

German politicians, media support build-up of NATO forces in Eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern, 9 May 2014

Leading German politicians, the military and media support the massive rearmament of NATO in Eastern Europe announced by top officials of the imperialist alliance.

Russia seeks fresh accommodation with US over Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 8 May 2014

The Western powers consider elections in Ukraine politically imperative to reinforce the claim that the government of oligarchs and fascists imposed by the February putsch has a democratic mandate to rule.

German Greens incite conflict with Russia

By Verena Nees, 8 May 2014

Ralf Fücks, a leading member of the Green Party, has accused the German government of weakness in the Ukraine crisis.

Chris Marsden: Ukraine crisis—A turning point in world history

By Chris Marsden, 8 May 2014

We are publishing here the text of the speech given by Chris Marsden, national secretary of the SEP (UK), to the International Online May Day Rally hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the WSWS on Sunday, May 4.
Link to audio

US defends role of Kiev regime and fascists in Odessa massacre

By Barry Grey, 7 May 2014

A US State Department spokeswoman praised the Kiev government for its “great restraint” and attempted to blame last Friday’s massacre in Odessa on the victims and Russia.

Europe’s 9/11

By Peter Schwarz, 7 May 2014

In an interview Sunday, NATO General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a massive military rearmament by Europe’s NATO members.

French Left Front makes hypocritical criticisms of Hollande's policy in Ukraine crisis

By Kumaran Ira, 7 May 2014

Mélenchon is making empty criticisms of President François Hollande’s policies in Ukraine, trying to block working class opposition to the Socialist Party.

Washington, Ukrainian puppet regime prepare new fascist slaughter in Odessa

By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2014

In the wake of Friday’s fascist massacre of pro-Russian protesters in Odessa, the US puppet regime in Kiev deployed National Guard units to the city on Monday.

The German media and the massacre in Odessa

By Peter Schwarz, 6 May 2014

Over 40 opponents of the Kiev regime fell victim to a fascist massacre in Odessa, but the German media has either falsified, downplayed or simply ignored the events.

Civil war spreads in eastern Ukraine amid attacks by Kiev government

By Alex Lantier, 6 May 2014

Fighting spread throughout the Donetsk region yesterday as the US puppet regime in Kiev sought to crush pro-separatist forces in numerous cities.

US puppet regime in Kiev escalates violence after fascist massacre in Odessa

By Alex Lantier, 5 May 2014

Fighting escalated across eastern Ukraine over the weekend after Friday’s massacre in Odessa, carried out by far-right supporters of the Western puppet regime in Kiev.

New York Times covers up fascist atrocity in Odessa

By Barry Grey, 5 May 2014

The New York Times responded to the fascist murder of 38 people in Odessa on Friday by burying the story and deliberately obscuring the identity of the perpetrators.

Washington responsible for fascist massacre in Odessa

By Mike Head, 3 May 2014

The killings expose the brutal character of the right-wing government installed in Kiev.

Halt the drive to war!

By Peter Symonds, 3 May 2014

The accelerating drive to military conflict over the Ukraine crisis is a stark warning to the international working class of the dangers of world war.

Appearing with Germany’s Merkel, Obama backs Ukraine crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 3 May 2014

Using arguments steeped in hypocrisy and lies, the US president escalated threats against Russia and justified the violent suppression of protests in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine reinstates military draft as NATO threatens Russia

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2014

The conscription order is part of an escalating NATO military build-up aimed at suppressing pro-Russian protests inside Ukraine and preparing major wars with Russia.

Ukrainian nationalists commemorate massacre of Yanova Dolina

By Sonja Bach, 2 May 2014

On April 24 Ukrainian nationalists, mostly members of the fascist Right Sector and Svoboda party, commemorated the perpetrators of the massacre of Yanova Dolina.

NATO boosts military build-up against Russia as protests spread in east Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 1 May 2014

On Wednesday, NATO countries stepped up military deployments throughout Eastern Europe, aimed at encircling Russia.

What is the German army doing in Slavyansk?

By Peter Schwarz, 1 May 2014

Many of the details of recent events in Slavyansk remain unclear, but one thing is certain: the Bundeswehr is far more active in Ukraine than is publicly admitted.

After new sanctions on Russia, Ukraine moves closer to civil war

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2014

The only voices of dissent from within the US political and media establishment to the administration’s incendiary policy are those demanding a more confrontational line.

Kerry warns of “hot confrontation” with Russia

By Barry Grey, 30 April 2014

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published Tuesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear that the Obama administration is fully aware it is risking the outbreak of nuclear war by pursuing a provocative policy towards Russia.

Washington, EU impose new sanctions on Russia

By Alex Lantier, 29 April 2014

The sanctions, which threaten to unleash a trade war, escalate the risk of conflict between the Western powers and Russia over Ukraine.

White House cynicism on the Holocaust

By Patrick Martin, 29 April 2014

Obama mourns the victims of Nazism while promoting fascist elements in Ukraine.

Detention of OSCE mission provides pretext for US escalation

US, European Union, G7 set to impose new sanctions on Russia

By Barry Grey, 28 April 2014

The United States has seized on the detention of Western military observers by pro-Russian militants in Slavyansk to ratchet up its propaganda war against Moscow.

The Ukraine crisis and the political lies of the media

By Alex Lantier, 28 April 2014

As the US escalates its threats against Russia, risking world war, the American media plays its assigned role as propaganda mouthpiece.

British Trotskyist leader addresses Australian SEP congress

By Chris Marsden, 26 April 2014

“The program we advocate is the only conceivable path forward for working people everywhere.”

US and Europe push confrontation with Russia toward war

By Stefan Steinberg and Barry Grey, 26 April 2014

As troops of the Western-backed regime in Kiev continued to mass against pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine, Obama held a conference call with European leaders to secure agreement on new sanctions against Russia.

Kerry’s statement on Ukraine: A lying brief for war

By Alex Lantier, 26 April 2014

Declaring confrontation with Russia to be all but inevitable, Kerry turned reality on its head, blaming the crisis entirely on Russia and clearing Kiev of all responsibility.

Ukrainian regime launches fascist-led crackdown

By Alex Lantier, 25 April 2014

The Western-backed regime in Kiev and its fascist allies launched a crackdown in eastern Ukraine that threatens to provoke Russian military intervention.

German news site Spiegel Online interviews Ukrainian fascist Yarosh

By Peter Schwarz, 25 April 2014

On April 22, Spiegel Online published an interview with Dmytro Yarosh, leader of the Ukrainian fascist paramilitary organisation Right Sector. This interview confirms that the fascists not only played a decisive role in the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovych on 22 February, but that also play a significant role in the current transitional government headed by Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Does Washington want war with Russia?

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2014

The evident desire of Washington to provoke a military conflict with Russia has brought the world to the brink of a catastrophic confrontation.

New York Times tries to whitewash publication of faked Ukraine photos

By Alex Lantier, 24 April 2014

The Times is attempting to cover over its participation in an attempt to manufacture evidence of a Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Kiev regime orders crackdown as US steps up threats against Moscow

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2014

Biden’s visit to Ukraine produced an escalation of US threats against Russia and a resumption by the regime in Kiev of the crackdown against its opponents in the east of the country.

New York Times propaganda photos on Ukraine exposed

By Alex Lantier, 23 April 2014

A day after claiming that it had proof of Russian military intervention in the east Ukraine protests, the Times has been caught in a flagrant fabrication.

German magazine Der Spiegel campaigns for war and rearmament

By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2014

One of the most unmistakable signs of the return of German militarism is the current barrage of war propaganda in the media.

US vice president arrives in Ukraine amid violent provocations

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2014

Vice President Joseph Biden began his two-day trip to Ukraine Monday amid mounting tensions over killings in eastern Ukraine.

The New York Times finds Russian spies in eastern Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 22 April 2014

The newspaper’s unsubstantiated claim to have proof that Russian spies are driving the eastern Ukraine protests is intended to provide the US government with a pretext to escalate its aggressive confrontation with Russia.

Western powers, Ukrainian regime call for military buildup against Russia

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2014

Ukrainian Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk, interviewed Sunday on US television, called for a military buildup against Russia that threatens a clash between the major powers.

Donetsk rabbi, protesters reject anti-Semitic leaflet as “provocation”

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2014

In Donetsk, the Jewish community and pro-Russian forces protesting against the US puppet regime in Kiev have rejected as a fraud an anti-Semitic leaflet distributed by an anonymous group and attributed to the anti-regime Donetsk People’s Republic.

As eastern Ukrainian protesters dismiss calls to end occupations

US prepares to send troops to Poland

By Johannes Stern, 19 April 2014

Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak told the Washington Post Friday that the US would deploy ground troops to Poland as part of an expansion of NATO military forces in Central and Eastern Europe.

US imperialism and the anti-Semitic leaflet in Donetsk

By Alex Lantier, 19 April 2014

US outrage at a vile anti-Semitic leaflet circulating in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding that all Jews register with local pro-Russian authorities, is a hypocritical fraud.

Canada joins NATO build-up against Russia

By Keith Jones, 19 April 2014

Canada is deploying six CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe in support of the war threats against Russia made by the US, Germany and NATO.

Despite Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington escalates standoff with Russia

By Alex Lantier, 18 April 2014

US officials threatened harsher sanctions and increased military deployments to Eastern Europe after Moscow distanced itself from protests in eastern Ukraine.

Obama, NATO escalate anti-Russian campaign over Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

On the eve of Geneva talks on Ukraine, Washington and NATO threatened to escalate economic and military measures against Russia.

Ukrainian troops reject orders from US puppet regime in Kiev

By Patrick Martin, 17 April 2014

Ukrainian troops sent to the eastern part of the country have refused orders to suppress opposition to the right-wing imperialist-backed government in Kiev.

US-backed crackdown threatens civil war in Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 16 April 2014

Having received the green light from Washington, the Kiev regime launched a bloody crackdown on protests in eastern Ukraine, threatening to unleash a full-blown civil war.

The International Socialist Organization and the Ukraine crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2014

The ISO has responded to the events in Ukraine like a State Department-funded NGO tasked with providing a “left” cover for US imperialist policy.

CIA director in Ukraine as Washington steps up threats against Russia

By Mike Head, 15 April 2014

In the clearest sign of intensifying US involvement in the Ukraine crisis, CIA Director John Brennan flew into Kiev over the weekend.

The crisis in Ukraine and the return of German militarism

By Johannes Stern, 15 April 2014

The same ruling circles, banks and corporations that unleashed two world wars are seeking to reprise their heinous crimes.

UN Security Council holds emergency meeting over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 14 April 2014

In calling the meeting, Russia pointed to the danger posed by large-scale military operations to crush protests across eastern Ukraine.

German television report indicates Ukrainian opposition responsible for lethal shootings

By Johannes Stern, 14 April 2014

Seven weeks after the right-wing coup in Ukraine, evidence is mounting that the Western-backed opposition was responsible for the lethal shootings in Independence Square.

US-backed regime drops deadline against east Ukraine protesters, but threat of war remains

By Mike Head, 12 April 2014

The dangers of a civil war and a US-provoked war with Russia still hang over the people of Ukraine, despite the Western-backed regime in Kiev backing away from a 48-hour deadline for a violent crackdown on protesters in eastern Ukraine.

Civil war looms as pro-US regime threatens massacre of east Ukraine protesters

By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2014

Plans for a bloody crackdown by the US-backed regime in Kiev threaten to plunge Ukraine into a civil war that could draw in Russia and the NATO powers.

Imperialist hypocrisy and lies on eastern Ukraine protests

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2014

US allegations that protests in eastern Ukraine are a Russian conspiracy are intended to justify a bloody crackdown and new escalation of the Ukraine crisis.

Ukrainian regime announces utility price hikes

By Andrea Peters, 10 April 2014

Over the course of four years, Ukraine’s Western-backed, ultra-right government plans to implement a 120 percent increase in the cost of natural gas for households.

US threatens to “re-examine force posture” over Ukraine

By Chris Marsden, 9 April 2014

Moscow has accused the US of supplying mercenaries to forcibly suppress protesters in eastern Ukraine.

Pro-Russian protesters in eastern Ukraine demand Crimean-style referendum

By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2014

Conflicts between the pro-Western Kiev regime and pro-Russian regions in eastern Ukraine pose the threat of civil war and war between the imperialist powers and Russia.

Syria, Russia and Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2014

The ongoing war in Syria, like the wars for regime change in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, is in part aimed against Russian political and commercial interests in the region.

NATO’s aggression against Russia and the danger of war in Europe

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 7 April 2014

The NATO foreign ministers summit last week set out plans for the military alliance’s expansion up to Russia’s borders, including war games and the possible stationing of troops in neighbouring states.

EU discusses further Russia sanctions as US steps up war rhetoric

By Chris Marsden, 7 April 2014

The ratings agency Moody’s has downgraded Ukraine’s credit rating from “extremely speculative” to “default imminent with little prospect for recovery.”

EU and Ukrainian regime seek to discipline fascist Right Sector

By Stefan Steinberg and Chris Marsden, 5 April 2014

Since the February putsch in Kiev, ties between the supposedly “democratic” regime installed by Washington and its fascist allies have become increasingly tense.

Russia warns NATO over military build-up in eastern Europe

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 4 April 2014

NATO’s reckless military build-up in Eastern Europe, carried out over the Kremlin oligarchy’s warnings of escalation, poses the risk of war.