The 2014 coup in Ukraine
By Jason Melanovski and Clara Weiss, 31 January 2020
Sharp divisions are coming to the fore as the government is pressing ahead with mass privatizations and attempts to negotiate a settlement with Russia over the ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine.
By Clara Weiss, 10 December 2019
The escalation of warfare within the US ruling class and the intensification of the conflicts between the imperialist powers occur amid the unraveling of the strategy that US imperialism has pursued in the region since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.
By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2019
Testimony at the final impeachment hearing confirmed the massive scale of imperialist operations in Ukraine, aimed at undermining and attacking Russia.
By Andrea Peters, 8 March 2016
This, the second part of a two-part article on two years since the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, reviews the role of various pseudo-left organizations. The first part was posted on March 7.
By Andrea Peters, 7 March 2016
Two years after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was forcibly removed from office in a US-backed, right-wing coup, the working masses of the Eastern European country face a worsening economic and social disaster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 14 August 2014
The 280 trucks left Moscow Tuesday for the 620-mile journey to Ukraine’s eastern region.
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.
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.
By our reporter, 12 August 2014
The shelling damaged residential areas, hospitals and Russian Orthodox churches and claimed dozens of civilian victims.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Richard Dufour, 11 August 2014
The Harper government last week significantly boosted its involvement in Washington’s aggression against Russia.
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.
By Mike Head, 9 August 2014
Abbott set out a pretext for US-led military aggression, accusing Russia of preparing to invade Ukraine.
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 8 August 2014
Germany’s leading news magazine, Der Spiegel, is demanding a confrontation 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Symonds, 26 July 2014
There is nothing benign about what Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott described yesterday as “a humanitarian mission”.
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.
By Tom Peters, 25 July 2014
All the parties voted unanimously in parliament to pressure Moscow to allow Western intervention in eastern Ukraine.
By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2014
The response of the American media and state to the crash of flight MH17 follows a modus operandi US imperialism has repeatedly used to railroad the population into war.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
By James Cogan, 22 July 2014
The Australian government’s diplomatic intervention is carefully coordinated with Washington.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 15 July 2014
The ruthlessness and brutality of the Ukrainian army increase the danger of a direct military confrontation with Russia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 14 June 2014
Mariupol is the largest city in eastern Ukraine under the control of pro-Kiev military forces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.