Ukraine

Canadian military preparing for new role in Syria, extension of Ukraine mission

By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2017

The use of Canadian troops to police so-called safe zones in Syria would see Ottawa integrated even more fully into the US-led war for regime change in Damascus.

Coal crisis hits Ukraine as far-right groups enforce blockade

By Jason Melanovski, 28 February 2017

Lacking coal, millions of Ukrainians could be left without heat and electricity within weeks, including in the major cities of Kiev and Kharkiv.

Fighting flares in eastern Ukraine amid continued NATO buildup against Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2017

The renewed fighting in Donetsk has all the earmarks of a Ukrainian provocation aimed at assuring the continuation of US sanctions against Moscow.

Fighting continues in eastern Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 15 November 2016

The recent period has seen a spike in hostilities in the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Polish and Ukrainian governments use World War II war crimes to promote nationalism

By Jason Melanovski, 5 September 2016

Relations between Poland and Ukraine have soured in recent months, as their respective right-wing governments promote ethnic nationalism, anti-communism, and militarism.

Putin visits Crimea amid rising tensions with Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2016

Ukrainian President Poroshenko threatened to impose martial law and conscription in response to what he claimed was the threat of a Russian invasion.

The Score of War: A haunting documentary film on Ukraine

By Bernd Reinhardt, 17 August 2016

In April of last year, the Ukrainian violinist and composer Mark Chaet, accompanied by a small film crew, travelled from Berlin to his home in Eastern Ukraine.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2016

The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics.

Tensions rise between Russia and Ukraine after terrorist provocation

By Bill Van Auken, 12 August 2016

The mobilization of troops on both sides of the Russian-Ukrainian border has unfolded amid the mounting campaign against Moscow spearheaded by the Democratic Party.

What is behind the imperialist campaign over the Crimean Tatars?

Part 2: The imperialist exploitation of ethnic tensions on the Crimea—then and now

By Clara Weiss, 19 July 2016

Since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine, leading media outlets of the imperialist powers, in particular the New York Times, have been waging a campaign ostensibly directed at defending the Crimean Tatars from oppression by Russia.

Protests against utility hikes in Kiev

By Andrea Peters, 8 July 2016

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Ukraine’s capital to march against further increases in the cost of basic services, which have already tripled since late 2013.

Dutch referendum produces majority against EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

By Johannes Stern, 8 April 2016

Wednesday’s referendum result has deepened the political crisis in Europe and provoked nervous reactions from politicians and the media.

Two years since the Kiev coup

Part two

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.

Two years since the Kiev coup

Part one

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.

Support for Poroshenko regime collapses in Ukraine

By Jason Melanovski, 8 February 2016

The decline in popularity for Poroshenko explodes the myth that the right-wing Maidan “revolution” was a democratic transformation.

US Congress quietly enables funding for Ukrainian neo-Nazi-led Azov Regiment

By David Levine, 1 February 2016

A proposed ban on US funding of Ukrainian neo-Nazis that had attracted substantial media attention last June when it was introduced never actually became law.

Council of Europe issues report on far-right massacre in Odessa

By David Levine, 19 January 2016

The Council of Europe report serves to cover up the role of far-right militias in the massacre of oppositionists.

Official PR campaign sought to present Ukrainian oligarch Julia Tymoshenko as martyr

By Marianne Arens, 7 January 2016

A report from news magazine Der Spiegel has revealed how a PR firm in Berlin sought to bolster the image of the right-wing Ukrainian nationalist politician four years ago.

Ukrainian government officials celebrate Nazism, anti-Semitism

By Jason Melanovski, 4 January 2016

Several recent incidents in Ukraine have further exposed the far-right nature of the forces unleashed by the 2014 Maidan “revolution.”

UN report documents death of over 9,000 Ukrainians

By Jason Melanovski, 11 December 2015

The US-backed right-wing government in Kiev is guilty of serious human rights violations, according to a recent report.

Ukrainian officials endorse Turkish downing of Russian jet

By Thomas Gaist, 25 November 2015

The threat to shoot down Russian planes was one of many indications that Kiev and its American backers are instigating a renewed confrontation with Moscow

Russia declares state of emergency in Crimea after blasts leave 1.6 million without power

By Thomas Gaist, 23 November 2015

Efforts to repair electrical infrastructure have faced violent opposition from far-right militias allied to the US-backed Ukrainian regime.

Ukrainian government planning to move forward with mass privatizations

By Jason Melanovski, 13 November 2015

Over the past year officials have participated in regular meetings, in both Berlin and Washington, to discuss proposals for the privatization of state-owned industry.

Social crisis dominates municipal elections in Ukraine

By Markus Salzmann, 2 November 2015

Nearly 21 months after the coup that overthrew President Viktor Yanukovych the country is in social and economic free-fall.

Fraud, cancellations, mass abstention mark Ukrainian local elections

By Niles Williamson, 27 October 2015

The Obama administration was quick to fix its stamp of approval on the conduct and outcome of Sunday's elections.

New York Times renews propaganda campaign against Russia over MH17

By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015

Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.

Ultra-right Maidan forces riot in Kiev over eastern Ukrainian autonomy law

By Alex Lantier, 2 September 2015

The riot underscores the reactionary character of Washington’s client state in Ukraine, substantial sections of which are pushing for total war with Russia.

Right-wing Ukrainian government celebrates Independence Day

By Jason Melanovski, 25 August 2015

The day’s events were used to press for the continuation of the war against Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east, which has cost the lives of over 6,900 Ukrainian citizens.

Ukrainian government blacklists Russian actors and musicians

By Niles Williamson, 10 August 2015

The censorship list is a cultural component of the offensive being waged by the US and its NATO allies to remove Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence.

NATO scrambles jets against Russian aircraft over the Baltic Sea

By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2015

So far in 2015, NATO fighters have been scrambled more than 250 times to intercept Russian aircraft over Europe.

Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal push by US allies

By Mike Head, 30 July 2015

The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.

US and NATO engage in unprecedented military exercises in Europe

By Niles Williamson, 24 July 2015

Military exercises in eastern and western Europe are part of a broader military buildup by the US and NATO aimed at Russia.

One year since the crash of MH17

By Niles Williamson, 21 July 2015

The American political establishment’s marking of the anniversary of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 over eastern Ukraine has been remarkably muted.

Right Sector threatens violence throughout Ukraine

By Andrea Peters, 18 July 2015

After a standoff with government authorities in western Ukraine, the neo-fascist Right Sector militia is preparing “wide scale actions” in Kiev and elsewhere.

Canada boosts Kiev regime with free trade pact

By Roger Jordan, 17 July 2015

The agreement is aimed at demonstrating Canada’s staunch support for the Kiev regime, which was brought to power last year in a pro-western coup spearheaded by fascist forces.

Far-right marches in Kiev as report documents crimes by Ukraine’s paramilitary forces

By Andrea Peters, 6 July 2015

The neo-fascist Right Sector demonstration in Kiev called for expanded war in the southeast, where paramilitary units operate as criminal armed gangs, according to a leaked report.

Russia suspends natural gas shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 2 July 2015

The delivery of Russian natural gas to Ukraine was halted after Kiev refused to accept Russia’s proposed price.

NATO increases support for Ukrainian regime, warns of renewed fighting

By Niles Williamson, 26 June 2015

NATO is deepening ties with Ukraine, a move that increases the danger of a war between the US and Russia: the world’s two largest nuclear armed powers.

NATO announces expansion of military force targeting Russia

By Niles Williamson, 25 June 2015

The decision to expand the size of the NATO Response Force to 40,000 troops can be understood only as part of preparations for war with Russia.

Pentagon chief outlines war preparations against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015

The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.

Ukrainians testify to a life of poverty and violence under US-backed government

By Jason Melanovski, 22 June 2015

The WSWS recently spoke with Ukrainian workers and students on the current state of social and economic conditions under the right-wing regime of Petro Poroshenko.

Belgian and French authorities move to seize Russian assets

By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015

Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.

US House approves measure blocking training of neo-Nazi militia in Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015

The passage of the amendment to the House’s Pentagon budget bill restricting support for the Azov Battalion is a further confirmation of the leading role played by fascist forces in Ukraine.

US police instructors go to Ukraine to train Kiev regime’s security forces

By Evan Blake, 15 June 2015

The State. Department revealed a program in which American police instructors trained their Ukrainian counterparts to build a new, 2,000-member patrol unit in Kiev.

“Human rights” imperialism in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2015

The right-wing government of Ukraine, installed in a coup spearheaded by neo-fascists, is now being proclaimed the front line of the “free world.”

Protests mount against US-backed regime in Ukraine

By Thomas Gaist, 10 June 2015

Thousands of protesters marched in Kiev this weekend to oppose the savage austerity policies of the US-backed puppet government.

Canadian prime minister backs right-wing regime in Ukraine

By Roger Jordan, 8 June 2015

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Kiev Saturday to reaffirm his support for Ukraine’s pro-western regime and the US-led drive against Russia.

US officials consider nuclear strikes against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 5 June 2015

Among the possibilities being considered by the Pentagon for escalating its war plans in Eastern Europe is a nuclear first strike against Russian missile forces.

Ukraine names ex-Georgian President Saakashvili governor of Odessa

By Derek Bell, 5 June 2015

The appoinment of Saakashvili, who launched a brief and unsuccessful US-backed war against Russia in 2008, is a political provocation.

Historian Timothy Snyder falsifies history at German-Ukrainian conference

By Clara Weiss and Wolfgang Weber, 5 June 2015

The Yale professor has developed a new narrative of European history that serves the needs of the nationalist regime in Kiev and war propaganda against Russia.

Thousands of Ukrainians protest Kiev regime’s draconian utility price hikes

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2015

Kiev is slashing subsidies to basic goods in order to funnel money to the regime’s Wall Street creditors and increase military spending on the war in east Ukraine.

New York Times lies, falsifies history to promote neo-fascist Kiev regime

By Barry Grey, 2 May 2015

Kramer’s article is part of a broader campaign of historical falsification, portraying the Russian Revolution and the struggle for socialism as the root causes of the catastrophes of the last century.

US troops arrive at western Ukraine training camp

By Patrick Martin, 22 April 2015

The 290 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will train and equip some 900 Ukrainian National Guard troops, including some publicly linked to neo-Nazi groups.

Wave of assassinations in Ukraine targets critics of Kiev regime

By Alex Lantier, 18 April 2015

Responsibility for the murders lies with the imperialist powers that installed the Kiev regime and support its anti-Russian propaganda and rehabilitation of fascism.

Canada sending troops to Ukraine on two-year training mission

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 18 April 2015

The deployment marks a further escalation of the aggressive drive the US, Canada and its other imperialist allies are mounting against Russia—a drive that threatens to spark all-out war between nuclear-armed states.

Ukrainian regime rehabilitates Nazi collaborationists, bans communism

By Alex Lantier and Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2015

The official promotion of fascist forces who participated in the Nazi Holocaust exposes the ultra-right character of the putsch NATO backed last year in Kiev.

Media lends support to Toronto Symphony’s barring of pianist

By Roger Jordan, 16 April 2015

Instead of denouncing the TSO’s barring of Valentina Lisitsa as a blatant act of political censorship, the media has widely portrayed it as nothing more than a public relations blunder.

NATO rearmament increases risk of war in Europe

By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2015

NATO’s military buildup in Eastern Europe is increasingly taking the form of preparation for war against Russia.

Toronto Symphony bans pianist critical of Kiev regime

By Roger Jordan, 9 April 2015

The cancellation of Valentina Lisitsa’s Toronto performances is a brazen act of political censorship.

Fascist leader Yarosh appointed advisor to Ukrainian army

By Johannes Stern, 7 April 2015

On the basis of the struggle against “communism,” the regime in Kiev installed and financed by the West is turning ever more directly into an ultra-right dictatorship.

US Army to train Ukrainian fascist militias

By Patrick Martin, 1 April 2015

American commandos will begin training Ukrainian National Guard units, including the notorious Azov Battalion, on April 20.

US armored convoy: A military provocation in Eastern Europe

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 March 2015

A long convoy of US armored Stryker vehicles is traveling from Estonia on a trip transversing Eastern Europe via Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and ending in Germany.

Clash of oligarchs shakes Ukrainian regime

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2015

The confrontation between President Petro Poroshenko and oligarch Igor Kolomoisky has laid bare the real social base of the US-backed regime in Kiev.

US to train special police forces in Ukraine

By David Levine, 19 March 2015

Washington is helping Kiev create tactical assault units akin to American SWAT teams.

Visiting Berlin, Poroshenko steps up drive against Russia

By Johannes Stern, 18 March 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a joint press conference in Berlin to endorse Poroshenko, declaring she had “great respect” for “all of the efforts” of his government.

Russian President Putin says Ukraine crisis threatens nuclear war

By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2015

Putin said that after Western-backed forces came to power in Kiev, the Kremlin feared a NATO attack on Russia and ordered its nuclear forces to prepare for all-out war.

Danger of war with Russia grows as US sends military equipment to Ukraine

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

Washington’s moves to provide military hardware to its right-wing puppet regime in Kiev, despite sharp opposition from Russia, threaten all-out war.

IMF loans $17 billion to Ukraine to repay banks, loot economy

By Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015

The International Monetary Fund formally signed off yesterday on a $17.5 billion, four-year loan to the far-right regime in Kiev.

Canada helping arm Kiev regime to fight Ukrainian civil war

By Roger Jordan, 11 March 2015

The Canadian-Ukrainian network Ottawa has been used to promote pro-western “civil society” groups in Ukraine is now supplying arms to the Ukrainian Army.

New Anti-capitalist Party calls for escalating intervention in Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 11 March 2015

The NPA’s statement, fraudulently published under the name of the ICFI, calls for the deployment of “UN peacekeepers” to police Ukraine in the interests of the imperialist powers.

“Ukraine Tomorrow”: Domestic oligarchs and western politicians plunder Ukraine

By Johannes Stern, 7 March 2015

At the invitation of notorious oligarch Dmytro Fertash, representatives of the European elites met in Vienna under the banner of “Ukraine tomorrow.”

Dozens killed in fatal methane blast at east Ukraine coal mine

By Robert Stevens, 5 March 2015

The deaths at the Zasyadko mine underscore yet again the bloody price that workers living in the former Soviet Union are paying for the restoration of capitalism.

Pentagon provocation on Russia’s border

By Bill Van Auken, 26 February 2015

As US armored vehicles paraded within sight of the Russian border, a senior American commander stressed that Washington has nuclear weapons at the ready to prosecute its conflict with Moscow.

UK joins US, Poland in sending military trainers to Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2015

London is joining the US and Polish governments in arming the Kiev regime, risking outright war with Russia.

UK steps up militaristic propaganda against Russia

By Julie Hyland, 23 February 2015

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute think tank, Sir Adrian Bradshaw stated that the alliance must prepare for a “Russian blitzkrieg” against the continent.

Refugees deported from the EU, imprisoned in Ukraine

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 21 February 2015

Refugees who manage to cross the border into EU countries have been immediately deported back to Ukrainian prisons where they are tortured and abused.

US-backed Kiev regime faces military debacle in east Ukraine war

By Alex Lantier, 20 February 2015

After its defeat at Debaltseve, the Kiev regime has provocatively called for military intervention by European Union peacekeepers along the border with Russia.

US steps up threats against Russia as Ukrainian troops retreat from Debaltseve

By Niles Williamson, 19 February 2015

US and EU officials continued to threaten further economic sanctions and military escalation as pro-Russian separatists solidified control over a key transit hub in eastern Ukraine.

Minsk cease-fire verging on collapse as fighting continues in east Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 18 February 2015

Behind the continued conflicts is the determination of the US, which installed the right-wing regime in Kiev last February, to press ahead in its campaign against Russia.

Hostilities ease in eastern Ukraine on first day of cease-fire

By Niles Williamson, 16 February 2015

The intensity of fighting declined in eastern Ukraine as the cease-fire negotiated in Minsk last week came into effect.

US and Ukrainian officials seek to torpedo Minsk cease-fire agreement

By Niles Williamson, 14 February 2015

Talk of stepped-up Russian military involvement in eastern Ukraine suggests that the Obama administration is seeking to justify a decision to directly arm the Kiev regime.

Ukrainian government moves to stifle dissent as military morale plunges

By David Levine, 14 February 2015

The Ukrainian military is showing signs of decomposition and demoralization, as antiwar sentiment erupts among Ukrainians in Kiev-controlled territories.

The Minsk truce: A hiatus in an escalating war

By Peter Schwarz, 13 February 2015

The Minsk agreement between Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine only came about because the regime in Kiev has its back to the wall and urgently needs a respite.

IMF announces new $17 billion loan agreement for Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 13 February 2015

The latest multi-billion dollar loan agreement is a prelude to further attacks on the living standards of the working class throughout Ukraine.

Ceasefire agreement for Eastern Ukraine announced after Minsk summit

By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2015

The announcement of a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine came as Washington is pushing for an escalation of the conflict that threatens to make any deal a dead letter.

Leading German newspaper says Russia should be threatened with nuclear war

By Peter Schwarz, 12 February 2015

A co-editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung made clear he was prepared to consider the use of nuclear weapons against Russia in the Ukraine conflict.

German Left Party backs Merkel on Ukraine crisis

By Ulrich Rippert, 12 February 2015

As tensions between Berlin and Washington have surfaced, the Left Party has abandoned all pretensions of distancing itself from German imperialism.

Fighting in Ukraine intensifies ahead of Minsk talks

By Niles Williamson, 11 February 2015

Fighting flared in east Ukraine as pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces sought to make territorial gains ahead of today’s cease-fire talks in Belarus.

Obama refuses to rule out arming Kiev following talks with Merkel

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 10 February 2015

The White House meeting focused on the intensifying crisis in Ukraine, as the US considers massive arms shipments.

German media backs confrontation with Russia over Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2015

Despite differences over whether to arm Ukraine, not a single major media outlet in Germany rejects the strategy of pursuing an aggressive confrontation with Russia.

Europe on the brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 7 February 2015

“Unfortunately, war with Russia is conceivable,” former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the Munich Security Conference.

German, French leaders fly to Russia amidst warnings of “total war” over Ukraine

By Alex Lantier, 6 February 2015

While Washington considers directly arming Ukraine, European leaders warned of an uncontrolled escalation that could set off a war between nuclear armed powers.

NATO meeting in Brussels heightens danger of war with Russia

By Johannes Stern, 5 February 2015

Today’s meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels is aimed at consolidating the military alliance against Russia.

Washington moves toward arming Ukrainian regime

By Niles Williamson, 4 February 2015

The plans are being formulated behind the backs of the American people by a cabal of unelected, high-ranking military and diplomatic officials.

The US arming of Ukraine and the danger of World War III

By Alex Lantier, 3 February 2015

US plans to spend billions of dollars to equip the far-right Kiev regime with offensive weapons threaten to unleash ethnic massacres in eastern Ukraine and full-scale war between NATO and Russia.

Russian central bank cuts interest rate amid growing economic chaos

By Nick Beams, 2 February 2015

The rate cut is a sign of the deepening crisis of Russia’s economy resulting from the economic, diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington.

Gorbachev warns Ukraine could ignite World War III

By Niles Williamson, 31 January 2015

Gorbachev’s warning comes amid escalating fighting between forces of the Western-backed regime in Kiev and pro-Russian separatists in the east.

State of emergency declared in eastern Ukraine, as US vows more sanctions against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 27 January 2015

President Obama threatened to use all means short of open war to increase pressure on Russia in the wake of renewed hostilities in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

US announces plans to deploy military advisers to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 23 January 2015

The announcement came amidst renewed fighting between Ukrainian armed forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine opens offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east

By Niles Williamson, 20 January 2015

The secretary of the Ukrainian National Defense Council warned of “full-scale continental war” as the Kiev regime began operations to take control of the Donetsk airport.