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UNAC at the Left forum

Left forum was held in New York two days before. United National Antiwar Coalition took an active part in this event. The first UNAC panel was a really good overview of the situation in Ukraine. Bruce Gagnon, International Director of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, talked about the expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe, toward Russia, and the role of the U.S. in the 2014 right-wing coup. He brought up the fact that the U.S. spent $5 billion on the coup, a fact boasted about by Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. (By the way, if you spend $5 billion on a coup, you’re not supporting it, your running it.) Greg Butterfield of the International Action Center described his experiences during his recent visit to the liberated areas of eastern Ukraine, describing the mass support for the anti-fascist struggle there. The featured speaker was Maria Koval, a native of Odessa, Ukraine, and a supporter of the Mothers’ Council on May 2. Her talk, in Russian, was interpreted into English by Ukrainian native and activist Anna Rebeil. Irina gave a deeply moving account of the fascist-led mob attack of May 2, 2014, that resulted in the brutal deaths of at least 46 progressives in that city, and the growing Mothers’ Council campaign demanding an international investigation into the massacre, something that for more than two years has been blocked by the Ukrainian government. I gave an account of the UNAC delegation that attended the May 2 second anniversary memorial program held by the Mothers’ Council at the scene of the massacre, a memorial that the fascist organizations had promised to attack. UNAC had also organized an international campaign to support the memorial and the demand for an international investigation. This effort will continue as the Odessa Solidarity Campaign. For more information, please send me your email address and stay tuned to new developments as posted at unacpeace.org.

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