Campaigns in the UK on the Ukraine question – letter to John McDonell MP

13 July 2014

Dear John

Campaigns in the UK on the Ukraine question

I understand that on the evening of 9 July some supporters of the campaign Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine attended a public meeting, hosted by you at the House of Commons, on behalf of the Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign (USSC).

Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine was founded on 2 June at a public meeting in central London attended by 160 people and is backed by a range of labour movement, socialist and progressive organisations; this includes the RMT union which has nationally affiliated to our campaign. We set up the campaign because we saw the need to oppose the Kiev regime, which includes far right and fascist ministers, in its persecution of communists and socialists, its sponsorship of mass murder by neo-Nazi gangs as at Odessa on 2 May when Right Sector paramilitaries killed 48 people at the House of Trade Unions, and its murderous campaign of repression against those seeking self-determination in the south and east of Ukraine.

I have been told that at your meeting on 9 July, some individual supporters of our campaign accused the Ukraine Socialist Solidarity Campaign of supporting the Kiev government, and that you strongly denied that this is the case. We are very pleased that you have clarified this. Some people may not have previously understood that, because the USSC has not undertaken any campaign activities against the Ukrainian government, has not condemned its attacks on the south and east, and has instead limited its actions to a picket of the pro-Russian oligarch-owned EVRAS corporation, and has suggested that its next action will be a picket of the Russian embassy.

As you have affirmed the USSC’s opposition to the Kiev government, we would now ask that you undertake some action in pursuit of these goals, namely that that you publicly denounce, without qualification,  the Ukrainian army and National Guard’s offensive in Donestk and Lugansk, demand that the Right Sector paramilitary officers responsible for the Odessa murders be brought to justice, oppose the NATO manoeuvres in Ukraine this summer, and call on the British government and the EU to end its support for the Kiev regime.

Yours fraternally

 

Richard Brenner, Secretary, Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine

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