Daily Archives: April 27, 2016

USA | US Department of State supports Odessa residents

April, 27. Washington
US Department of State deputy spokesperson Mark Toner made two important statements on Ukraine in press briefing on Tuesday: 1) The United States supports any peaceful events to commemorate the 2014 Odessa massacre in Ukraine, 2) Perpetrators of Odessa attack have to be brought to justice.

Ukraine | Ukraine Shelled Elenovka Checkpoint in Donbas Four Civilians Died Eight Got Wounded

Four civilians died and eight got wounded as a result of the shelling of the checkpoint Elenovka to the south of Donetsk by the Ukrainian military.
“The number of the dead civilians amounts to four people and eight people are wounded,” – pointed out Ruslan Yakubov, the Executive Officer of Corps of the Donetsk Defense Ministry, today at 8.30 according local time.
The pregnant girl was among killed people. “When the checkpoint was under the Ukrainian fire, the girl was inside a car, received a lot of missile wounds and she was not able to survive.”
“The data on shelling the checkpoint in Elenovka have been already handed over to the Special Monitoring Mission OSCE,” – summed up Ruslan Yakubov. Although the midday passed the international observers have not appeared on the scene of the shelling in the locality of Elenovka yet. The head of Donetsk republic Aleksandr Zakharchenko has expressed his indignation with the bad work of the Special Monitoring Mission OSCE.

Ukraine | Sign petition to support the victims of right-wing violence in Odessa

The relatives of victims killed in Odessa massacre ask everybody to sign the petition for UN investigation into this tragedy.

It’s been nearly two years since the world was shocked by reports of the deaths of scores of pro-democracy activists at the hands of extreme right-wing forces in the city of Odessa, Ukraine.
It was barely three months after a violent, right-wing coup overthrew the elected Ukrainian government. The activists had set up a tent city in Odessa’s historic Kulikovo Square to publicize their demand for a national referendum to decide the legitimacy of the coup.
On May 2, a large mob led by organized fascist groups set fire to the camp, forcing the activists to retreat into the nearby five-story House of Trade Unions. The building was then set on fire. Many died of smoke inhalation or were burned alive. Some jumped to their deaths. Some of those attempting to flee the building were shot or beaten to death. One pregnant woman was strangled. At least 46 activists were killed and many more were injured. Unfortunately, Ukrainian authorities never informed how many persons really died and disappeared.
All this occurred under the eyes of the police, which did not intervene, on the ground that it had “no orders”. The fire brigade, located nearby, was called repeatedly for assistance, but took 45 minutes to come.
In a number of cases, the police surprisingly took the victims into custody. Five of them are under arrest in prison till now and 15 others are under house arrest. All 20 are “pro-federalism” supporters. They were all charged for “mass disorder” instead of being individually charged of specific offenses. All indictments are identical, as if they had been cut and pasted from the same model. None of the “pro-government” supporters responsible for the organization and implementation of the murders has been punished. All perpetrators are free.
The official investigations have thus far been inconclusive; there is little evidence against on trial; numerous legal and procedural violations have been observed; the court buildings in Odessa have been repeatedly invaded by right extremist militants who have threatened judges, defense lawyers and families of the defendants, and have sometimes assaulted them; they have interrupted judicial proceedings and in several cases forced judges to recuse themselves; and many documents were fabricated.
Five separate official investigations were ordered by the authorities. None has brought about any tangible result. No one has been punished for any of the deaths, injuries and possible disappearances.
Two years, the victims of the 2 May 2014 Odessa violence are still waiting for truth and justice. There are no indications that Ukrainian authorities could deliver justice for the victims. All of this left them “with no other opportunity than turning to the United Nations as an independent and credible authority to effectively investigate these crimes, and bring perpetrators to justice”. The victims organized in the “Council of mothers of 2 May” “hope that an investigation by the United Nations may encourage renewed effort by the Ukrainian authorities to deliver to the victims and their families a long-awaited and promised justice… and encourage them to effectively investigate and punish the real culprits (the organizers and perpetrators) of this tragedy”.
You can support them and sign petition here

USA | Panel Discussion of ‘Greece at the Crossroads’

On Tuesday April 12 the Brooklyn Commons hosted a reception and panel discussion in conjunction with the publication of the book, “OXI: Greece at the Crossroads”.  The event was sponsored by the Marxist Education Project. The featured speakers were Alex Steiner, one of the co-authors of the book, George Caffentzis, a well-known autonomist-Marxist and through a Skype video connection from Athens, Greece, Savas Michael-Matsas, Chair of the Workers Revolutionary Party of Greece and one of the contributors to the book. Chairing the event was Frank Brenner, another of the contributors to the volume.

Karabakh war may resume any moment, Armenian President says

PanARMENIAN.Net – War can break out at any moment in the Caucasus flashpoint of Nagorno Karabakh and there’s little prospect of talks to resolve the conflict, the President of Armenia said, according to Bloomberg.