Ukraine and Donbass: Four years of repression and resistance
Hear Greg Butterfield, a contributing editor of Workers World newspaper, who has written extensively on the struggle in Ukraine and Donbass. He’s visited the region twice, in 2014 and 2016, to meet with anti-fascists and bring solidarity from the U.S. workers’ movement.
See the film “Banda Bassotti: La Brigata Internazionale.” Join the revolutionary Italian musicians and other activists who visited the Donbass republics to bring humanitarian aid and international solidarity.
We will collect donations to support the next Antifascist Caravan to Donbass in May 2018.
February 23 marked the fourth anniversary of the violent, U.S.-backed Euromaidan coup in Kiev, Ukraine, a former republic of the Soviet Union. The last four years have been marked by a bloody civil war waged against the rebellious people of the Donbass region, repression and outlawing of communists and other anti-fascist political activists, and growing economic crisis for the workers as the country's industry, agriculture and natural resources are sold off to U.S. and European big business.
Trump’s administration and Congress recently legalized the transfer of heavy weaponry to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and dropped restrictions on training fascist "volunteer battalions" that have already killed thousands of civilians and anti-fascist defenders in the independent republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. While Democrats and the media here whip up pro-war propaganda against Russia, the U.S. is pushing Moscow to agree to the introduction of UN "peacekeepers" in Donbass.
But the workers and progressive forces in Ukraine have not stood alone. Workers World Party has been part of an international network of activists that have engaged in many ongoing forms of solidarity -- from helping to break the media blockade on information to bringing humanitarian aid to individuals who have gone to the front lines to join the armed anti-fascist resistance.
What can this example teach us about the forms revolutionary internationalist solidarity can take? What can we learn from the Ukraine-Donbass struggle to aid our movement at home?