Category Archives: Ukraine

UK | In London: Solidarity with Ukrainian antifascists

Antifascists protest on Downing Street, government center of the United Kingdom.

London activists brought a strong antiwar message to the seat of the United Kingdom’s government Oct. 28, calling for an end to British military and other aid to Ukraine; implementation of the Minsk peace agreements; justice for the scores of antifascists murdered on May 2, 2014, at the House of Trade Unions fire in Odessa and solidarity with all antifascists in the Donbass and Ukraine.

Switzerland | Only the people are able to resolve the conflict: a road map for Ukraine from Geneva

The future of Donbas, the causes of the conflict in Ukraine and possible ways of its settlement were discussed on Wednesday at the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations at the conference “One Day About Donbass”.

The event was divided into two parts. The first was held in the Geneva office of the United Nations and was devoted to geopolitical analysis of the situation in Ukraine. It was attended by historian and political scientist of the National Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations Bruno Drweski; President of the Council of the Foundation of the Geneva Institute of International Relations Gabriel Galice; military political analyst, founder of the Stratpol.com website Xavier Moreau; professor of the Fordham University of New York Olena Nikolayenko, as well as Ukrainian political scientist, director of the Kiev Center for Political Studies and Conflict Studies Mikhail Pogrebinsky.

Ukraine | Unidentified cat spy or farce style criminal persecution

Ukrainian media reported that in the criminal case of opposition journalist Vasily Muravitsky, who was arrested on charges of high treason, scandalous details were revealed. Andrei Gozhyy, Muravitsky’s lawyer, said that the special services accuse him of contacting a secret Russian agent called Pampukh. But in fact, Pampukh is not a man, but a cat that lives with his relatives.
Julia Maltseva, the owner of the cat, confirmed the statement and placed a Facebook post describing her cat. According to Maltseva, Pampuh is a very respectful cat and could be “not just an agent, but also a curator”, but the presence of paws hinders it to play that role.
The owner makes her own guess, why the Ukrainian special services turned the cat Pampukh into a secret agent. She says that keeps company with Muravitsky, so they periodically called up and communicated:
“Last winter we decided to go to Vasya (diminutive from Vasily – edit.) for a few days to visit and take the cat with us. At that time, SBU obviously listened to Muravitsky’s telephone conversations for a long time, therefore, his promise to take Pampukh to the highest rank it took into account and thought that Pampukh is a very serious person, since we always name it only by nickname.”
Although the case of Muravitsky more and more resembles a farce, the Ukrainian special services intend to resolutely bring it to the end, and then it will not be funny, but sad. Opposition journalist Muravitsky was arrested by special services in Zhytomyr on August 1, 2017. He is suspected of state treason, encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, violation of the equality of citizens and the establishment of a terrorist organization. According to the SBU, his articles were published on “websites that were administered from the Russian Federation and temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.” The prosecutor’s office said that the journalist faces up to 15 years of imprisonment with confiscation of property.

Ukraine | Ukraine and October: one hundred years of the banned revolution

November 7, 2017: In the commentary on the centennial of the October Revolution, two extremes can be seen. On the one hand, we don’t tire of talking about the outstanding significance of this historic event, about its achievements, accomplishments and victories. But those who fall into pathos recall that a century later, the legacy of October is reduced to nothing. And the holiday of the victory of the revolutionary forces has to be celebrated in days of obvious defeat — when these forces have long since dried up, and their flags are lying now somewhere in the dustbin of history, where they are picked up by political rogues and fringes.

Der Spiegel reports on growing number Germans and other internationals joining Ukraine’s neo-Nazi ‘Azov battalion’

Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion is reportedly gaining traction in Europe, especially Germany. Over 2,500 foreign mercenaries are currently fighting on their side in eastern Ukraine – three times more than in 2014, Der Spiegel reports, citing security authorities.