• Trump,  Ukraine

    Fearing loss of military aid, Ukraine cuts off cooperation with Mueller

    Now that Trump scandale du jour Doctorgate (remember Doctorgate, from earlier this week?) has been overtaken by Stormygate, there’s at least one serious and substantive report that has received relatively little attention. The New York Times reports that the government of Ukraine has stopped cooperating with the Mueller investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia. In the United States, Paul J. Manafort is facing prosecution on charges of money laundering and financial fraud stemming from his decade of work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. But in Ukraine, where officials are wary of offending President Trump, four meandering cases that involve Mr. Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman,…

  • Ukraine,  Vote 2016

    Trump doesn’t know that Russia entered Ukraine

    At least according to what he said in an interview on ABC News. Heck, even Trump’s soulmate Putin eventually admitted it. I’ve run out of things to say about his unfitness to be president of the United States. And there are 100 more days until the election. Trump doesn't know basic facts about the world. Ones that have significant national security implications. (5/?) pic.twitter.com/uDxPPRt003 — Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) July 31, 2016 Update: OK, maybe Trump did know the Russians entered Ukraine. And he was all for it. full 2014 Trump quote on Putin & his invasion of Ukraine…https://t.co/irmjLt7UsM pic.twitter.com/x6sHDc3KCT — Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) August 1, 2016

  • Ukraine

    The EU + Ukraine: London meeting organised

    This is a cross-post by Paul Canning London will have an opportunity June 10 to hear and question a prominent Ukrainian journalist on the European Union and Ukraine. Co-founder of Hromadske International and and 2016 fellow at FCO’s International Leaders Programme Maxim Eristavi will be discussing if we are prepared for Ukraine’s arriving into Europe “whether Europeans want that or not.” Eristavi will debunk popular misconceptions about Ukraine and Eastern Europe and expose the shortcomings of European policy towards this region. Ukraine has become an issue in the EU Referendum campaign as a number of leading ‘Brexiters’, such as Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, have claimed that the Union is somehow responsible for…

  • Ukraine

    Jamala’s win must lead to support for Crimean Tatars

    This is a cross-post from Paul Canning’s blog It was clear even during the semi-finals of Eurovision that the presence of Ukraine’s Jamala and her song about the genocide of the Crimean Tatars by the USSR had already drawn attention to the plight of her people – I saw a number of tweets saying as much. Her stunning and unexpected victory will undoubtedly lead to much more. What Jamala’s win will also lead to is an already bad situation for the Tatars in Crimea getting even worse, as the lawyer for the kidnapped and imprisoned by Russia Ukrainian soldier Nadiya Savchenko, Mark Feygin, pointed out – only now the world will hopefully…

  • Ukraine

    Deluded Brits join pro-Russian Ukranian rebels

    This BBC report— about a man from Manchester and a man from Scotland who have joined pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and believe they are fighting fascism and imperialism– is rather saddening. I suppose that’s the sort of thing a steady diet of the Russian propaganda channel RT (featuring Putin apologists George Galloway and John Wight) can do to you if you’re not careful. Watch for a post at Socialist Unity hailing there poor guys as heroes in the struggle against NATO and Western world domination. (Hat tip: Alex Ross)

  • Ukraine

    Russia painting Crimea’s Tatars as ‘ISIS supporters’

    This is a cross-post from Paul Canning’s blog Newly erected hoardings on border. Left: On your way to Crimean Tatar Autonomy. Right: On your way from Crimea to Free Ukraine. Via Olga Klymenko. Reblogged with permission. Although news about the situation of Crimean Tatars is rarely in mainstream media the potency of their fightback for the Kremlin is described in this post. See also Paul Goble on the reaction to the current blockade of the peninsula initiated by the Tatar leadership. Their importance in the information war can be seen in their vile treatment by pro-Kremlin trolls. See, for example, this attempt to fictionalise Tatars fighting for the Nazis in WW2. ====…

  • Russia,  Ukraine

    Donbas can starve say ‘rebel’ leaders

    This is a cross-post by Paul Canning Last winter there were some reports that people had starved to death in Eastern Ukraine. The reason was that humanitarian aid was being stolen by the criminals who run the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk ‘People’s Republics’ (DPR/LPR). The insidiousness of Russian propaganda is shown by what you’ll find if you look for that information, which is widespread Western media reports of deaths being blamed on Ukraine and not the ‘rebels’. This is because Ukraine stopped social payments and because some truck convoys were blocked. That humanitarian aid to the Donbas was being stolen was the claim of former rebel leader Igor Girkin on Russian TV. Another…

  • Ukraine

    Ukraine’s #fail over Odesa ‘massacre’ meme

    This is a cross-post by Paul Canning Since May 2014 Russian propagandists and fellow travelers, like John Pilger, have made hay with the events during disturbances in Odesa. The fire which killed dozens of people has been dubbed by them ‘the Odesa massacre’. Russia has toured exhibitions around Europe and pumped out massive amounts of material using the events to condemn Ukraine as ‘fascist’. Most disturbingly, the events have been cited by numerous left-wing activists who have traveled to the Donbas to ‘fight the fascist regime’. Civil society activists in Odesa. the ‘May 2 Group’*, have conducted extensive investigations showing that the events were very different to how they have…

  • Ukraine

    Corbyn’s election means Ukraine’s stuffed

    This is a cross-post by Paul Canning “I didn’t say that, come on I’ve never said that, so please.” The UK Labour leadership campaign has made one thing abundantly clear – no one much cares about a war in Europe. When I first wrote my now viral August 8 post on Jeremy Corbyn’s position on Ukraine it was because no one who was then criticising Corbyn was mentioning Ukraine. Someone had to stick up for them so it might as well be me. But I was cynical and nothing since has told me that I was wrong to be cynical. Nobody busy citing Corbyn’s alleged links to antisemites, for example, has…

  • Ukraine

    ‘Very existence’ of Crimean Tatars under threat

    This cross-post by Paul Canning has also been posted on the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection blog Reblogged from Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. My only comment is to wonder where the solidarity from fellow Muslims (outside of Turkey) is. Such as those forming part of the so-called ‘Stop the War Coalition’. Refat Chubarov, Head of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis, or representative assembly, has addressed an appeal to German Chancellor Angela Merkel; French President Francois Hollande and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko who are meeting in Berlin on Aug 24 [today]. Refat Chubarov writes that the leaders’ meeting will take place 542 days after the beginning of Russia’s special military operation against Ukraine that resulted…