Archive for Ukraine, Crimea, Russia: articles by Roger Annis

Russian Union of Engineers report concludes Ukraine airforce likely responsible for Malaysian Airlines H17 downing

By Roger Annis, Sept. 22, 2014

The website Vineyard of the Stalker has translated and published a 16-page study into the July 17, 2014 crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 that was conducted by the Russian Union of Engineers. The Russian engineers conclude that the flight was brought down by a fighter aircraft operating in the vicinity of the passenger plane and that the only likely candidate for such an attack was an Su-25 or MiG-29 aircraft of the Ukraine armed forces.

MH 17 destroyed cockpit panel image superimposed on aircraft image

MH 17 destroyed cockpit panel image superimposed on aircraft image

The report noted pro-autonomy rebels in east Ukraine do not possess or operate a fighter aircraft. The doomed passenger flight had 298 people on board.

The engineers’ report said the commercial aircraft left Amsterdam for Kuala Lumpur and was flying 10,100 metres in Ukrainian airspace near Donetsk, likely on auto pilot, when it was attacked by a combat aircraft with 30 mm caliber cannon. The cockpit area of the Malaysia Airlines jet was struck, likely killing its crew and depressurizing the aircraft.

Since the plane was on auto pilot, it continued to fly but began to lose altitude. The attacking aircraft flew to the » Read more..

Thousands march in Moscow for ‘peace’ and against autonomy movement in eastern Ukraine

Introduction by Roger Annis, Sept 22, 2014

Several tens of thousands of people marched in Moscow and other Russian cities on September 21 condemning the Russian government’s actions over the course of the Ukraine government military offensive in eastern Ukraine this

March for 'peace' in Moscow, Sept 21, 2014. Lead banner read 'No war with Ukraine'

March for ‘peace’ in Moscow, Sept 21, 2014. Lead banner read ‘No war with Ukraine’

year. Billed as “peace” marches, the protests opposed the pro-autonomy and self defense forces in eastern Ukraine that resisted the military attacks by Kyiv and the fascist militias with which it is allied.

According to news reports and photos of the Moscow action, none of the marchers expressed concern about the economic sanctions and aggressive military threats by NATO countries in eastern Europe this year. In other words, the ‘peace’ that the actions advocated was a very selective one.

Enclosed are two news reports of the protest march in Moscow on Sept. 21. » Read more..

NATO’s new cold war redraws left and liberal views on imperialism and war

By Roger Annis, first published on Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Sept 19, 2014

Petro Poroshenko speaks to US Congress on Sept 18, 2014

Petro Poroshenko speaks to US Congress on Sept 18, 2014

Just under 25 years ago, the Cold War ended with a capitalist triumph. The nationalized economies and political structures of the Soviet Union and eastern Europe collapsed and a transition to a harsh, anti-social capitalism began.

In the years that followed, an eastward expansion was undertaken by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the military alliance of the imperialist countries of Europe and North America. Many of the countries of eastern Europe joined the alliance, in explicit defiance of agreements by NATO with post-Soviet Russia not to expand in this way.

A generation later, the world finds itself at the outset of a new cold war. It is directed by the same, NATO military powers and its aim is similar–to stop any advance of anti-capitalist social revolution and to constrict and contain Russia. » Read more..

In Winnipeg and Vancouver, public forums on the war in Ukraine

The war in eastern Ukraine and the New Cold War

In Winnipeg on Sept 25, in Vancouver on Sept 29. With speaker Roger Annis

In Winnipeg: » Read more..

The U.S./NATO drive to war in the east and the collapse of intellectual resistance

Introduction by Roger Annis, Sept 12, 2014

A very insightful essay/book review was published three days ago in Jacobin magazine by writer and author Daniel Lazare. He reviews Timothy Snyder’s 2010 book ‘Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin’. Lazare’s essay is titled ‘Timothy Snyder’s lies’. It is posted to my website page ‘Ukraine: Articles by other authors‘.

Lazare describes Snyder’s book as part of a rising “double genocide” movement that equates the Holocaust and other atrocities of Nazi Germany with the repressions of the Stalin regime in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. He then tackles Snyder’s writings on Ukraine, which have been widely published beginning in November 2013. » Read more..

Ukraine’s uprising against NATO, neoliberals and oligarchs – an interview with Boris Kagarlitsky

Interview by Feyzi Ismail with Boris Kagarlitsky, published on Counterfire, Setp 8, 2014. Boris Kagarlitsky is the director of the Moscow-based Institute for Studies in Globalization and Social Movements.

Boris KagarlitskyWhat are the origins of the crisis in Ukraine and why has the conflict erupted in recent months?

The origins of the crisis in Ukraine are threefold. The first thing is that Ukraine was designed by planners from Moscow as one element in a complex planned economy. The territories that form Ukraine were put together not because of any historical, cultural or ethnic reasons, but to organise complex planning – they wanted to link the industrial areas in the east with ports in the south, such as Odessa and Crimea, together with the agrarian west. That was the logic. Once this logic was destroyed with the end of the Soviet Union, this territory as an integrated unity started falling apart, and lost its raison d’être. » Read more..

Defeat of Ukraine army brings ceasefire, but underlying political conflicts unresolved

By Roger Annis, published on Truthout, Sept 8, 2014

Map DonetskA ceasefire in the war in eastern Ukraine was announced in Minsk, Belarus on Sept. 5. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko made a simultaneous announcement in Wales where he was a special guest at the summit meeting of the NATO military alliance.

A 12-point agreement was signed in Minsk by representatives of the Kyiv government and the Peoples Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. Also signing were former Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma, Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and Heidi Tagliavini of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. » Read more..

Documentary film series on the war in eastern Ukraine

The Watchdog Media group has produced a remarkable, six-part documentary film on the prelude then unfolding of the war launched in eastern Ukraine in April 2014 by the neo-conservative governing regime that came into power in Kyiv in late February 2014. It is sub-titled in English.

The film series is called ‘Roses Have Thorns’. The six parts are: Crimea and Maidan; Anti-Maidan; Donbass; The Anti-Terrorist Operation, Part One; The Anti-Terrorist Operation, Part Two; and The Odessa Maccacre. Each film is approximately one hour long. Below is the list of all six films, including links to their YouTube locations.

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Roses Have Thorns, A six-part documentary film
on the 2014 war in eastern Ukraine

1. Crimea and Maidan, 55′

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Discussion on the ‘Russia as imperialist’ thesis

Introduction by Roger Annis, Aug. 30, 2014

Enclosed below is my reply to a published comment by Australian socialist Chris Slee concerning my article of June 18, The Russia as ‘imperialist thesis is wrong and a barrier to solidarity with the Ukrainian and Russia peoples.

Thousands protest NATO in Newport, Wales Aug 30, 2014

Thousands protest NATO in Newport, Wales, Aug 30, 2014

Panicked threats by NATO countries have mounted in the past 48 hours due to significant reverses suffered by Kyiv’s military offensive against the people of eastern Ukraine. Those reverses are blamed on an alleged Russian “invasion” of Ukraine by troops and tanks.

This is the latest in a long string of claims that Russia has “invaded” or otherwise intervened in Ukraine. This time, Kyiv is using an invasion claim to appeal to NATO for deliveries of armaments. Some of Kyiv’s representatives, including in Canada, are asking for NATO soldiers to land in Ukraine and join Kyiv’s war in the east. This is another example of the surrender of Ukraine’s national sovereignty undertaken by this regime that came to power in Kyiv in February 2014. Already it has surrendered Ukraine’s economic sovereignty by virtue of the economic austerity and loan agreements it has signed with Europe. » Read more..

Another CBC exercise in propaganda over Ukraine

The following letter was sent to the weekday, national newsmagazine program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Current on Aug. 29, 2014

Shelling of residencesHello CBC/The Current,

I thought your story today on Ukraine was another exercise in providing a platform to propagandists instead of seriously exploring a complex story. None of your three guests breathed a word of the most important sets of information that listeners require to reach a balanced view of the war being waged in eastern Ukraine. These are:

1. The Ukraine government has been waging a bloody, ruthless war against the people of the east of the country using methods that amount to war crimes, namely, the use of heavy, indiscriminate shelling against civilians. Thousands have been killed and close to one million people have been made refugees.

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