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

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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The Kyiv/NATO war in eastern Ukraine and the urgent need for international solidarity

By Roger Annis, August 29, 2014

Market in Luhansk hit by shelling, Aug 2014

Market in Luhansk hit by shelling, Aug 2014

The following is an edited version of a talk by Roger Annis on August 22 that was delivered to a session of the Peoples Social Forum that took place in Ottawa from August 21 to 25. Approximately 75 people attended the session. The co-presenter to Roger Annis was David Mandel, a professor of political science in Montreal and expert in the history of the working class movements in Russia and Ukraine. You can read his talk published here in The Bullet. It is titled ‘Understanding the civil war in Ukraine’.

I want to thank the Peoples Social Forum and NoWar/Paix in Ottawa for hosting this event and organizing it. It’s so important that we discuss the war situation in eastern Ukraine and find ways to join with the people of Ukraine and Russia to put an end to Kyiv’s and NATO’s military offensive.

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Ukraine Independence Day celebration in Toronto features appeals favouring war and fundraising for fascism

Federal minister of multiculturalism and Ontario premier join in event featuring fundraising for Ukraine ‘Right Sector’ fascists

By Roger Annis, August 27, 2014, published on the ‘Speakout’ feature of Truthout and on

Right Sector fundraising booth in Toronto, August 23, 2014, CBC screenshot

Right Sector fundraising booth in Toronto, August 23, 2014, CBC screenshot

The infamous, fascist and paramilitary organization in Ukraine known as Right Sector has established a branch in Canada and was present and fundraising for military equipment at the annual, Ukraine Independence Day celebration in Toronto on August 23. The group’s efforts that day were featured in CBC and Radio Canada (French language CBC) national television news broadcasts. The two broadcasts are here: CBC and Radio Canada .

Present at the day’s event were federal Minister of Immigration and Citizenship Chris Alexander, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Mayor Rob Ford, his city councilor brother Doug Ford and Toronto mayoral candidates John Tory and Olivia Chow.

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Prospects for an antiwar/solidarity movement in Russia

By Roger Annis, first published in Truthout’s ‘Speakout‘ page, Aug 19, 2014

Russian humanitarian convoy heading to southeast Ukraine in mid-August

Russian humanitarian convoy heading to southeast Ukraine in mid-August

In an article published on Left-East on Aug. 10, the Russian writer Ilya Budraitskis laments “there is no antiwar movement in Russia”. His article is a rather bleak, despairing outlook on the prospects of organizing against “war” in the border regions between Ukraine and Russia. He titles his article ‘Hope in a hopeless place’.

Budraitskis describes the war being waged by the neo-conservative governing regime in Kyiv as an “interstate conflict”, meaning that Russia bears an equal, if not greater, responsibility for the conflict. This scenario is not only a gross misread of Russia’s position and role in the conflict, it also leads us nowhere in understanding what to do.

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The People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine between militias and oligarchs

By Boris Kagarlitsky, Aug. 18, 2014, translation from the original Russian by Renfrey Clarke, first published on Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Miners rally in Donetsk on June 18, 2014 against Kyiv's war. Sign reads 'NATO out!'

Miners rally in Donetsk on June 18, 2014 against Kyiv’s war. Sign reads ‘NATO out!’

The war between the Ukrainian government and the republics of Novorossiya [1] is gradually taking on the character of a positional stand-off. The resources of both sides are exhausted, and fighting reserves are at an end. But for the people’s republics, defending themselves against the many times larger military forces of the Kiev regime, this course of events can be considered a harbinger of victory. In this case, the well-known principle, “a government needs to win, but for an insurrection it is enough not to lose,” operates with full force. The deteriorating » Read more..