Daily Archives: June 12, 2015

Austria | Searching the key to peace in Ukraine

Web-site Aniimperialista.org published announcement of panel discussion on democracy, self-determination and social justice.

On the occasion of the Munich Security Conference (an institution closely connected to NATO interests) scheduled to take place on June 16-17, 2015, in Vienna on the topic of Ukraine:
Tetiana Montian, lawyer from Kiev
Oleksandr Smyekalin, unionist from Donetsk
Alexej Klutschewsky, Russian social scientist residing in Vienna
Presiding: Leo Gabriel, journalist and peace activist
Organisers: Austrian Committee for Peace in Ukraine, Institute for Intercultural Research and Co-operation
It will take place in the prestigious Diplomatic Academy.

Ukraine | UKRAINE: que reste-t-il de Minsk? Par Jacques Sapir

La situation en Ukraine et dans les zones insurgées du Donbass se détériore progressivement. Les combats de ces derniers jours, assurément limités, mais qui ont été les plus violents depuis janvier 2015 le prouvent. L’accord « Minsk-2 » est en train de ce dissoudre, et ceci largement du fait du gouvernement de Kiev. Cela était prévisible. Il faut donc revenir sur la situation pour tenter de comprendre comment on en est arrivé là.
Les ruptures du cessez-le-feu


Jun 11 2015
WASHINGTON— Late yesterday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives considered H.R. 2685, the “Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2015.” During consideration of the legislation, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) offered bipartisan amendments to block the training of the Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary militia “Azov Battalion,” and to prevent the transfer of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles—otherwise known as Man-Portable Air-Defense Systems (MANPADS)—to Iraq or Ukraine.
“If there’s one simple lesson we can take away from US involvement in conflicts overseas, it’s this: Beware of unintended consequences. As was made vividly clear with U.S. involvement in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion decades ago, overzealous military assistance or the hyper-weaponization of conflicts can have destabilizing consequences and ultimately undercut our own national interests,” said Rep. John Conyers. “I am grateful that the House of Representatives unanimously passed my amendments last night to ensure that our military does not train members of the repulsive neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, along with my measures to keep the dangerous and easily trafficked MANPADs out of these unstable regions.”
Ukraine’s Azov Battalion is a 1,000-man volunteer militia of the Ukrainian National Guard that Foreign Policy Magazine has characterized as “openly neo-Nazi,” and “fascist.” Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, who oversees Ukraine’s armed militias, announced that Azov troops would be among the first units to be trained by the Pentagon in Operation Fearless Guardian, prompting significant international concern.

According to Reuters, The Azov battalion originated from a paramilitary national socialist group called “Patriot of Ukraine”, which propagated slogans of white supremacy, racial purity, the need for authoritarian power and a centralized national economy. Azov’s controversial founder, Andriy Biletsky, organized the neo-Nazi group the Social-National Assembly (SNA) in 2008.
“The Azov men use the neo-Nazi Wolfsangel (Wolf’s Hook) symbol on their banner and members of the battalion are openly white supremacists, or anti-Semites,” wrote The Telegraph. Since Azov was enrolled as a regiment of Ukraine’s National Guard in September and started receiving increased supplies of heavy arms, however, Biletsky has toned down his rhetoric, Reuters reported. According to the Washington Post, battalion members “could potentially strike pro-Russian targets on their own — or even turn on the [Ukrainian] government” if it pursues a diplomatic resolution to the conflict.