22 thoughts on “Poroshenko Internet censorship in Ukraine

  1. Joint protests by Ukrainian miners and steel workers

    Iron ore miners at two mines along with steelworkers from the ArcelorMittal in the Ukrainian city of Kriviy Rihhave have been holding joint protests to push for substantial pay increases. The protests are under the direction of the Independent Trade Union of Miners of Ukraine (NPGU). The miners are seeking an immediate 20 percent pay rise, with an increase to 30 percent by August.

    Over 1,000 steel workers from the ArcelorMittal factory held a rally on May 11 to demand a pay rise and to protest the outsourcing of jobs at the steel plant. Iron ore miners have previously held an underground hunger strike in support of their demands.



  2. Saturday 20th May 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    UKRAINE’S Young Communist League (LKMSU) accused authorities on Thursday of subjecting several of its student members to trial by a kangaroo court.

    Three LKMSU members — one aged just 15 — were convicted of “terrorist” offences on Tuesday.

    They were arrested for laying flowers to commemorate the Soviet Union’s World War II victory over fascism on May 9, carrying a communist banner and the orange and black St George ribbon — now an anti-fascist symbol.

    One 22-year-old student received a two-and-a-half-year sentence for the aggravating factor of posting the “criminal” slogan “Lenin lives” on Facebook.

    In a statement, the LKMSU said the verdict handed down by the Halytsky District Court in the western city of Lvov was “illegal, rendered in violation of the constitution of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine.”

    It accused the the Security Service, the National Police, the Prosecutor’s Office and the court of conspiring to frame the defendants.

    During the nazi occupation, Lvov was the scene of pogroms by Ukrainian nationalist collaborators now portrayed as heroes by the Kiev regime.



  3. Wednesday 5th July 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    COMMUNISTS and socialists will protest outside the Ukrainian embassy today on the day the country decides whether to continue its ban on the party.

    The Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) was outlawed in 2015 following the country’s De-Communisation Law, leading to worldwide condemnation.

    Human rights group Amnesty International called the ban “a flagrant violation of freedom of expression” that should be overturned.

    The law makes it a criminal offence to display left-wing symbols, promote Marxist ideas or defend Ukraine’s past membership of the Soviet Union.

    In December 2015 the Kiev District Administrative Court upheld the government’s ban of the CPU, which appealed against the ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.

    The protest will be held outside the embassy in Kensington Park Road, London, from 12pm.



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  5. Friday 14th July 2017

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    UKRAINIAN political prisoners’ advocates are appealing to peace mediators to help free a young woman maimed while defending herself from rape by soldiers.

    Nadezhda Kozlova was 19 on September 8 2014 when drunken soldiers dragged her into a car and attempted to gang-rape her in the city of Chasiv Yar in the Kiev regime-occupied part of Donetsk.

    In her desperation she pulled the pin on a hand grenade on one of her assailant’s belts.

    One soldier was killed and another seriously injured, while Ms Kozlova had her left forearm amputated and suffered severe injuries to her legs.

    Nevertheless, she was convicted of murder by a Ukrainian court in February 2016 and is serving a 14-year sentence in Artemivsk prison, near Chasiv Yar.

    That was despite a court medical report that she cannot walk or care for herself.

    On Tuesday, the Union of Political Prisoners of War in Donbass wrote to the Trilateral Contact Group, the peace talks facilitation group formed of representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

    The union urged humanitarian subgroup head Viktor Medvedchuk to intervene to secure Ms Kozlova’s release.

    “[The union] appeals to you … to solve the issue of saving the life of a political prisoner,” it said, adding that Ms Kozlova “preferred death to suffering rape but survived as an invalid.”

    It said Ms Kozlova is tormented by phantom pain from her severed arm and needs constant care.



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