Right Sector fascists occupy Communist Party headquarters in Odessa

On the night of June 13, armed and masked paramilitary thugs from the Right Sector, Automaidan and Maidan Self-Defence occupied the Odessa regional office of the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU). Continue reading

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The past informs the present in rebel-held eastern Ukraine

In May EDDIE DEMPSEY joined the people of Alchevsk in their celebration of the 70th anniversary of the defeat of fascism. Here he recounts his emotional experiences (from the Morning Star)

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[VIDEO] SARU Conference and AGM

We publish here the videos of some of the interventions at the Conference and AGM of the Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine campaign. These are Andrew Murray (Communist Party of Britain), Jorge Martin (International Marxist Tendency) and Davey Hopper (General Secretary Durham Miners’ Association).  Continue reading

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Commander of Kiev “volunteer battalion” and 7 men arrested on charges of rape and torture

Ruslan Onychenko

Ruslan Onyshchenko, the commander of the Tornado Volunteer Battalion of the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior and seven of his men were arrested on June 17 accused of rape and torture. In turn, the men accused the Luhansk Oblast police chief Anatoly Naumenko (an authority in the Kiev controlled part of Luhansk) of running a protection racket for smuggling cast iron from rebel occupied territory and said that the arrest is linked to those accusations. This case gives a glimpse into the brutal methods used by the volunteer battalions, composed of far right thugs and criminal elements, as well as the corruption of officials at all levels.  Continue reading

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Ukraine’s labour reforms threaten workers’ rights

The oligarchs have joined forces to rail-road a new labour code that strips Ukrainian workers of their already modest rights. [VITALY DUDIN 4 June 2015]

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Banda Bassotti statement on the 2nd Antifascist Caravan to the Donbass

11210369_10152950122708983_1384837663_nWe are back from the second Antifascist Caravan in Donbass and it’s time for us to share with you our sincere thoughts. All the targets we have set for our second Antifascist Caravan have been achieved. We aimed to bring the International and Internationalist solidarity in Donbass breaking the noisy wall of silence. Continue reading

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WFTU general secretary condemns EU and US support for Ukrainian fascists

“we condemn EU, US and their allies that support the Government of Ukraine and the fascists of Right Sector. It’s unacceptable for the workers and peoples to pay the contradictions and antagonisms of the imperialists ” George Mavrikos, general secretary of the World Federation of Trade Unions during the Victory over Fascism celebrations in Moscow

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[VIDEO] Banda Bassotti and International Antifascist Forum participants say farewell to Alchevsk

Before their departure, Banda Bassotti and members of the international anti-fascist forum in Alchevsk decided to take a group photo with the monument to Lenin in the background. First we shouted in unison “No Pasaran!” Then one of the visitors began to sing “The Internationale” and a moment later the great proletarian anthem sounded in several languages. Local residents were delighted! (via Alexey Markov)

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Report and statements from the antifascist caravan and the antifascist international forum

11251469_10152950133563983_1710181770_nA delegation from the British campaign ‘solidarity with the antifascist resistance in ukraine’ (SARU) participated in the Banda Bassotti antifascist caravan to the Donbas along with delegations from Italy, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey and Peru to bring humanitarian relief and show solidarity with the people’s of Donbas in their struggle against the Kiev Junta, a coalition of neoliberal thieves and fascist thugs brought to power after the western backed coup in February last year.
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Donbass International Solidarity Forum draws representatives from 13 countries

Initiated by the Communists of Lugansk, an International Solidarity Forum with residents of Donbass, “Antifascism, Internationalism, Solidarity,” took place on May 8 in Alchevsk. Continue reading

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