Ukraine

What was US teachers union president Randi Weingarten doing in Kiev?

By Jerry White, 26 March 2014

The president of the American Federation of Teachers traveled to Kiev to praise the Western-backed regime installed through a fascist-led coup.

The US State Department’s “labor man” in Ukraine

By Jerry White, 26 March 2014

The KVPU, whose headquarters served as an organizing center for the right-wing Maidan protests, has long been financed by State Department money funneled through the AFL-CIO’s American Center for International Labor Solidarity.

G7 powers exploit Ukraine crisis to isolate Russia

By Mike Head, 25 March 2014

At a summit in The Hague, the major powers excluded Moscow from the Group of Eight and warned of further financial sanctions.

Leading US-backed Ukrainian politician calls for annihilation of Russia

By Mike Head, 25 March 2014

In a leaked phone conversation, Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko called for Ukrainians to take up arms against Russians and for Western powers to reduce Russia to a “scorched field.”

German foreign minister Steinmeier woos Ukrainian oligarchs

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2014

German foreign minister Steinmeier spent the weekend courting some of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs.

US and NATO use Ukrainian crisis to advance military build-up in Eastern Europe

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.

Canada’s Harper visits Kiev to laud coup, threaten Russia

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.

EU-Ukraine trade pact paves way for brutal austerity

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.”

German Green Party campaigns for war

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.

German media seeks to paint Putin as new “Hitler”

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.”

Anti-Russia propaganda and the fabrication of a new pro-war consensus

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.

Australian government joins US sanctions against Russia

By Mike Head, 21 March 2014

In announcing the sanctions, the Australian foreign minister specifically warned of a potential military confrontation.

German Left Party promotes government propaganda against Russia

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.”

US, EU escalate war threats against Russia over Crimea annexation

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.

Svoboda thugs attack head of Ukrainian national television

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.

German media campaigns for economic sanctions against Russia

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.

US/European military provocations greet Russian annexation of Crimea

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.

US hypocrisy on Crimean independence referendum

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.

Israel backs far-right coup in Ukraine

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.

US-EU sanctions against Russia: A barely veiled threat of war

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.

US, EU threaten retaliation as Crimea votes to join 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.

Imperialist hypocrisy on Crimea

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.

The New York Times deploys C.J. Chivers to Ukraine

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.

US-Russia talks on Ukraine collapse ahead of Crimean independence referendum

By Alex Lantier, 15 March 2014

Pressure from Washington and the European powers is driving the Ukrainian crisis to the brink of war.

What the Western-backed regime is planning for Ukrainian workers

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.

Ukraine coup intensifies conflicts within Iran’s elite

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.

Germany threatens “massive damage” to Russia ahead of Crimea referendum

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.

Alex Callinicos: An imperialist apologist writes on Ukraine

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

Obama issues new threats against Russia

By Chris Marsden, 13 March 2014

The US has effectively taken operational control of the military activities of Ukraine’s neighbours.

What is behind the warmongering of the German media?

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.

Kiev to build new army, impose austerity as civil war threatens Ukraine

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.

What the European Union said in 2012 about its current fascist allies in Ukraine

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.

Oligarchs to the fore once again in Ukraine

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.

War propaganda in the German media

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.

Denouncing Crimea referendum, US and EU step up pressure on Russia

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.

Ukraine, the United States and international law

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.

US builds up military forces, threatens end to diplomacy over Ukraine

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.

Germany: The Süddeutsche Zeitung and the poison of militarism

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.

US, Europe step up pressure as Ukrainian crisis intensifies

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.”

New Zealand parliament unanimously backs US in Ukraine crisis

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.

US, European Union impose sanctions against Russia

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.

The crisis in Ukraine and the historical consequences of the dissolution of the Soviet Union

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.

German media campaigns for war in Ukraine

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.

Japan’s diplomacy in shambles over Ukraine crisis

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.

Amid Ukraine crisis, US launches military escalation in Eastern Europe

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.

The fascist danger 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.

Leaked phone call suggests opposition snipers killed Maidan protesters

By Alex Lantier, 6 March 2014

More details are emerging on the forces the imperialist powers relied upon to oust Yanukovych.

US threatens Russia as Ukraine crisis escalates

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.

US imperialism, Ukraine and the danger of World War III

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.

China treads cautiously after pro-US coup in Ukraine

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.

Australian government backs Washington’s anti-Russian confrontation

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.

US steps up pressure on Russia amid growing risk of war over Ukraine

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.

US media escalates propaganda offensive on Ukraine

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.

Canada supports Ukraine coup, threats to Russia

By Keith Jones, 4 March 2014

Canada’s Conservative government is issuing bellicose threats against Russia in unison with the Obama administration.

US-backed Ukrainian regime mobilizes reserves, threatening war with Russia

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.

The crisis in Ukraine

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.

The political fraud of International Viewpoint’s statement on Ukraine

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.

Ukraine alleges Russian “invasion” of Crimea as Obama warns of “costs”

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.

Obama and Kerry lecture Russia on Ukraine

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?

US, Europe step up threats against Russia over Ukraine

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 February 2014

US and European statements calling upon other countries to avoid “provocative action” in Ukraine are utterly hypocritical.

After pro-EU putsch in Ukraine, Russia puts military on alert

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.

The geopolitical dimensions of the coup in Ukraine

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.

Attempts of EU, far-right opposition to set up Ukraine government collapse

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.

Coup in Ukraine: A warning to the international working class

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.

Western-backed Ukrainian opposition seizes power in fascist-led putsch

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.

French government applauds coup in Ukraine

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.

Ukrainian regime bows to pressure from Washington, EU and far-right opposition

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.

Dozens killed in Ukraine as EU and Washington step up pressure on Yanukovych government

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.

Berlin and Washington foment civil war 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.

US, European Union threaten sanctions against Ukraine

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.

Clashes in Ukraine signal escalation of US-EU intervention

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.

Leaked phone call on Ukraine lays bare Washington’s gangsterism

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.

US response to leaked call confirms US/EU regime-change plot in Ukraine

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.

US regime-change operation in Ukraine exposed in leaked diplomatic phone call

By Patrick O’Connor, 7 February 2014

US officials discussed which right-wing opposition figures were to be placed in power in Ukraine.

Ukraine and the pro-imperialist intellectuals

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.

EU and Washington step up pressure on 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.

Western powers, opposition step up pressure on Ukrainian regime

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.

Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns as EU keeps pressure on Russia

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.

As Ukrainian regime totters, oligarchs call for talks with right-wing opposition

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.

Pro-Western Ukrainian opposition stokes up civil war

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.

As riots spread, right-wing Ukrainian opposition threatens new clashes

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.

Three dead in clash between Ukrainian regime and right-wing protesters

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.

Ukraine opposition leader meets with president to defuse protests

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.

Russian offer of aid sharpens international power struggle over Ukraine

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.

Tensions rise in Ukraine amid dueling pro- and anti-EU rallies

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.

Which way forward for Ukrainian workers?

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.

Ukraine round-table talks fail as power struggle intensifies

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.

Stand-off in Ukrainian power struggle continues

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.

Factional struggle intensifies between Ukraine’s oligarchs

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 December 2013

The current political crisis in Ukraine centers around which group of rival oligarchs will come out on top.

Ukrainian government issues ultimatum to end pro-EU protests

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.

Mass protests in Ukraine demand ouster of President Yanukovich

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.

The struggle for Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 6 December 2013

The protests in Ukraine bear the label “Made in Germany,” “Made in the EU” and “Made in America.”

Pro-European Union protests mount in Kiev

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.

Ukraine abandons plans for closer ties to the European Union

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.

EU in tug of war with Russia over Ukraine

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.

Tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia

By Clara Weiss, 22 August 2013

Russia’s Customs Agency halted the import of Ukrainian goods to Russia last Thursday.

Ukraine bombings point to growing political tensions

By Niall Green, 30 April 2012

Explosions in Ukraine point to mounting tensions within the country’s ruling elite.

Russia signs trade deal with former Soviet republics amid growing regional tensions

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.

Ukraine abandons NATO candidacy

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.

The Ukrainian election and the demise of the “Orange Revolution”

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.”