Ukraine

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.

Ukraine premier’s pro-Nazi version of World War II: USSR invaded Ukraine, Germany

By Lena Sokoll, 19 January 2015

On Germany’s public television channel ARD, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the USSR was the aggressor against Ukraine and Germany in World War II.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part two

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 13 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

The Nazi war of annihilation against the Soviet Union: Part one

Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization

By Clara Weiss, 12 January 2015

The volume provides insight into the criminal historical antecedents of the current siege of cities in eastern Ukraine by the Western-installed regime in Kiev, spearheaded by Ukrainian fascist forces.

Czech president condemns Nazi demonstration in Kiev

By Markus Salzmann, 10 January 2015

Zemen said something was “wrong” with both Ukraine and the EU, which did not condemn the demonstration.

The New York Times and Washington’s “propaganda bubble” on Ukraine

By Bill Van Auken, 6 January 2015

The Times’ “investigation” is dedicated to portraying the events of last February as merely a “meltdown” of the Ukrainian government, rather than a Western-orchestrated coup.

Putin approves new Russian military doctrine

By Clara Weiss, 31 December 2014

The new military doctrine identifies the expansion of NATO and attempts to destabilise Russia and neighbouring countries as the biggest security threats.

Ukraine parliament approves move towards NATO

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2014

Ukraine’s parliament repealed a constitutional amendment defining the country as “non-aligned,” paving the way to an eventual application to join NATO.

Putin appeals to the Russian oligarchs

By Clara Weiss, 24 December 2014

The Putin regime responds to Western pressure by seeking to appease imperialism and the Russian billionaires.

Ukrainian government prepares extreme austerity measures

By David Levine, 23 December 2014

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s recently unveiled economic program will unleash an economic and social catastrophe in Ukraine.

European Union ramps up sanctions against Russia amid ruble crisis

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2014

Despite concerns about the impact on the European economy of a possible collapse of the Putin government, an EU summit kept up Europe's financial strangulation of Russia.

Russian president downplays economic crisis

By Andrea Peters, 19 December 2014

In a marathon press conference, Putin failed to elaborate any clear measures to address the country’s currency crisis, even as reporters raised the possibility of a “palace coup.”

US Congress authorizes new sanctions against Russia, arms shipments to Ukraine

By Niles Williamson, 15 December 2014

The US Congress unanimously passed a bill authorizing Obama to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and deliver military aid to the right-wing regime in Kiev.

Putin accuses US of seeking to undermine Russian sovereignty

By Andrea Peters and David Levine, 11 December 2014

In his annual address to parliament last week, Putin charged the US with meddling in Russia’s sphere of influence, destabilizing international security and sponsoring separatism within Russia’s borders.

NATO prepares “rapid reaction force” for confrontation with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 3 December 2014

As the NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels, the US military moved to deploy tanks and armored vehicles near Russia’s borders.

France balks on delivery of Mistral helicopter-carrier to Russia

By Francis Dubois, 29 November 2014

Tensions between Paris and Moscow surged as François Hollande's Socialist Party government blocked delivery of the first of two warships for the Russian navy.

One year since the beginning of the crisis in Ukraine

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2014

Saturday marks the first anniversary of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.

New coalition plans to expand war against eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 27 November 2014

The integration of right-wing thugs into the new Ukrainian government makes clear that the regime can only enforce its reactionary program through the use of force.

Economic blockade of Ukrainian rebel regions inflicts mass suffering

By David Levine, 26 November 2014

The Ukrainian government has cut off economic relations with the rebel-controlled Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic, deepening the social and economic crisis engulfing the region.

In Ukraine, US Vice President Biden issues new threats against Russia

By Niles Williamson, 24 November 2014

Biden traveled to Ukraine to shore up the right-wing regime in Kiev and threaten further economic sanctions against Russia.

Netherlands covers up secret pact controlling investigation of MH17 crash

By Alex Lantier, 22 November 2014

The imperialist powers have exploited the tragedy as a propaganda exercise for the purpose of threatening Russia.

Russia and China expand economic cooperation

By Clara Weiss, 21 November 2014

An alliance between Russia and China is emerging in response to the US-led Pacific and Atlantic trading blocs and the Russia-NATO confrontation over Ukraine.

Russian conductor barred from German music festival

By Verena Nees, 21 November 2014

The witch-hunt against Valery Gergiev is part of the pro-war campaign of the German media and government.

Kiev, NATO step up threats against Russia

By Christoph Dreier, 20 November 2014

The Kiev government feels strengthened by the international campaign against Putin.

Canada’s Prime Minister spearheads attack on Russia at G-20 summit

By Roger Jordan, 19 November 2014

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper took the lead in the hostile reception accorded Russian President Vladimir Putin at last weekend’s G-20 summit.

NATO intensifies threats against Russia over Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 15 November 2014

While NATO powers are accusing Russia of violating Ukrainian sovereignty, they are themselves preparing a massive escalation of military violence.

Russian strategic bombers to patrol off US coastlines

By Alex Lantier, 14 November 2014

This is a dire warning that Moscow sees the civil war in Ukraine and the NATO build-up in Eastern Europe as an existential threat, potentially requiring a nuclear response.

Kiev escalates war in eastern Ukraine

By Christoph Dreier, 12 November 2014

The fiercest fighting since the signing of a ceasefire agreement in early September took place in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and Luhansk over the weekend.

Dozens of “near miss” incidents bring NATO and Russia to brink of war

By Alex Lantier, 11 November 2014

A London think tank report shows that NATO’s militarization of Eastern Europe over the Ukraine crisis has set armies worldwide on a hair trigger, risking nuclear war.

US, Europe issue new threats after elections in Ukraine’s separatist regions

By Andrea Peters, 4 November 2014

Kiev is signaling its readiness to renew its military offensive against the region on the grounds that the November 2 vote violated the fragile peace deal signed with the separatists in September.

Poland to send troops to eastern border

By Sonja Bach, 4 November 2014

The historic realignment of military forces is part of NATO’s escalation against Russia.

Ukraine’s recession continues to deepen

By David Levine, 30 October 2014

National elections were held in Ukraine on Sunday as social conditions in the country continued a steep decline.

Gas dispute between Ukraine, EU and Russia threatens to escalate

By Clara Weiss, 29 October 2014

A cutoff of Russian gas supplies to the EU would spell economic disaster for a number of European countries.