Neofascist coup in Ukraine?

This 2015 video is called Small Ukrainian child is taught to kill Russians and do the Sieg Heil salute.

By Jason Melanovski:

Far-right nationalist groups march in Kiev

23 October 2017

Thousands of members and supporters of far-right nationalist political parties and organizations marched in Kiev on October 14 in a parade they dubbed a “March to the Glory of Heroes.” The parade marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) and gave the country’s far-right political groups an opportunity to pay their respects to Ukrainian nationalist war criminals such as Stepan Bandera. Since 2014, the date has been recognized in Ukraine officially as the “Defender of Ukraine Day.”

The march was organized jointly by the Right Sector and Svoboda political parties, along with the Ukrainian National Corps, which is a civil military organization constituted mainly of members from the far-right paramilitary Azov Battalion. Participants carried torches, flares, portraits of Bandera and flags of their respective far-right parties, while chanting right-wing slogans and performing the Sieg-Heil. Many marchers were dressed in full paramilitary garb.

Svoboda Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok xenophobically warned the crowd against foreigners within the country, stating that the UPA “fought against the Moscow invaders, against the Polish, German, Magyar occupiers. And we see that the current situation in Ukraine is pretty much the same.”

The official Ukrainian press agency attempted to downplay attendance numbers at the fascist march, stating that only 2,000 people had attended, while the march’s organizers put the numbers at approximately 20,000. It was clear, however, from videos of the event and reports from other media outlets that attendance was well above the official number given by the Ukrainian government.

The march took place as rumors swirled in the Ukrainian press that Arsen Avakov, the Minister of Internal Affairs, was preparing a coup against President Poroshenko on the same day at the march. On October 11, Ukrainska Pravda reported that Avakov had joked with reporter Oleksiy Bratuschak, stating, “We’re preparing a coup.” Seconds later, he added, however, “Against Poroshenko I am not planning any subversion, I am not preparing a coup.”

Avakov is known for his relationships with Ukraine’s far-right. Through his control of Ukraine’s National Guard, he would be capable of attempting a coup against the oligarchic Poroshenko regime, which is not deemed sufficiently nationalistic or militaristic by Ukraine’s extremist right-wing groups.

There is widespread speculation within Ukraine that Poroshenko will be unable to complete the remaining years in his presidential term due to his enormous unpopularity. Poroshenko’s current approval rating is less than 20 percent.

The week following the fascist march in Kiev another political rally calling itself a meeting for “Great Political Reform” was held in the country’s capital directly in front the Ukrainian Parliament. The event was led by former Georgian president and governor of the Ukrainian city of Odessa Mikheil Saakashvili, who used the rally as an opportunity to denounce “corruption” within the Poroshenko regime.

Saakashvili had previously been an ally of the Poroshenko regime, but was stripped of Ukrainian citizenship and exiled from the country in July after a fallout with Kiev. Saakashvili was able to return to the country last month after crossing the Polish border with assistance from right-wing forces within the Ukrainian government.

The rally was also supported by the party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as the Self-Help, Democratic Alliance, Automaidan, and the far-right Svoboda parties. Tymoshenko has already announced plans to run against Poroshenko in the next presidential elections in 2019.

The protesters, carrying shields and UPA flags, clashed with police, attacked parliament members and attempted to set up tents in an effort to initiate a new “Maidan.”

Prior to the rally, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced they had thwarted plans by right-wing forces to carry out “armed provocations” with rocket launchers and automatic weapons.

This 2015 video is called Ukrainian Child Taught to Sieg Heil, Chant “I Will Cut Russians” “Death to Russians”.

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  2. Saturday 28th October 2017

    THE Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) has accused police of ramping up repression ahead of the anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.

    In a statement on Thursday, the KPU said officers had raided its district committee in the Darnitsa district of the capital Kiev.

    It said authorities entered the district secretary’s private flat using copied keys — without notifying the party — supposedly acting on suspicions that the the KPU was trying to “overthrow” President Petro Poroshenko’s coup regime and incite ethnic strife.

    The KPU said the raid failed to find any weapons, explosives or other illegal items.

    It said the “intimidation” was a response to a increase in anti-government demonstrations, as “none of the oligarchic parties is able to reverse the situation in the country.”

    “On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, more and more people are turning their eyes to the achievements and successes of Soviet Ukraine,” the KPU said.

    “Therefore, the repressive machine of the ruling regime constantly intensifies the pressure on our party and our comrades.”


  3. Wednesday 22nd November 2017

    by Ben Chacko

    Petro Symonenko denounces parliamentary bid to ease sale of 3,500 public enterprises

    THE Privatisation of State Property Bill going through Ukraine’s parliament is a “knife in the heart” of social welfare, the country’s Communist Party leader said yesterday.

    General secretary Petro Symonenko denounced the legislation, which passed its first reading earlier this month, as “plundering the people’s property.”

    Backed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Bill paves the way for the sell-off of around 3,500 state-owned enterprises, providing for the sale of public assets at knock-down prices by reducing the asking price by 25 and then 50 per cent if foreign speculators object to the initial valuation and by even more “in consultation with potential investors” if that too fails to please.

    The fire sale is part of agreements reached with the IMF in return for a bailout that began in 2015 and is required for Kiev to get its hands on the next wodge. Ukraine’s economy was hit hard following the fascist-backed Maidan coup of February 2014, shrinking by 6.8 per cent in 2014 and by 12 per cent the next year.

    Legal changes will also allow Ukrainian firms to be bought and sold in other jurisdictions without reference to the country’s own authorities.

    “The basic industries, energy and transport, should fill the state treasury and the lion’s share should guarantee constitutional rights to education, science, culture, pensions, medicine and public safety,” Mr Symonenko objected.

    Kiev claims that many of the enterprises are loss-making drains on the state’s coffers and that privatisation is part of economic liberalisation which will eventually lead to growth.

    But Mr Symonenko said lots of previously profitable firms have been mismanaged by a racketeering elite.

    “It turns out that, if of 3,460 state enterprises 608 are completely unprofitable, it is not the regime and its agents who are to blame, but the ‘insufficient pace of privatisation’,” he noted sarcastically.

    Ministers had cited the Odessa Port Plant enterprise, whose fertiliser products were in demand before Maidan but which had lost out following unequal trade deals signed with the EU.

    “Did the association with the EU open the markets of Europe [for our products]?” he asked. “No.”

    Mr Symonenko called for a return to socialism, when “all enterprises worked for the benefit of the people and not for the pockets of home-grown hucksters and their long-distance puppeteers.”,-say-communists#.WhVlVHmDMdU


  4. Wednesday 22nd November 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    UKRAINIAN President Petro Poroshenko led a ceremony in Kiev’s Independence Square yesterday, laying flowers and lighting candles to the memory of the “Heavenly Hundred” killed during anti-government protests that began in 2013.

    Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman and parliamentary speaker Andriy Parubiy perpetuate the myth that all the dead perished at the hands of security forces, portraying the Euromaidan events of four years ago as a simple case of good versus evil.

    Good was represented by demonstrators who filled the square to protest against then president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to postpone plans to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union and to seek closer economic ties with Russia.

    Evil was personified by Yanukovych, his Ukraine of the Regions party, the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU) and, above all, by Moscow.

    Yanukovych favoured Ukraine joining the EU but believed it possible to maintain ties with Russia, in light of trade links that eastern Ukraine’s mining and heavy industry enjoyed with its eastern neighbour.

    He learned quickly that Brussels wouldn’t compromise over the extent of its influence as initially peaceful Maidan protesters were joined, without discussion with the Kiev government, in the square by EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton and US Senator John McCain and encouraged in their actions.

    Matters swiftly took a violent turn when snipers on roofs fired at both protesters and police officers while detachments of far-right paramilitary groups spearheaded attacks on security forces.

    Yanukovych subsequently fled the country to Russia, fascist groups were integrated into the armed forces and second world war criminals, notably Stepan Bandera, who slaughtered Jews and Poles, were honoured with monuments as historic memorials to Ukraine’s liberation by the Red Army were vandalised.

    Anti-fascist forces in the Donbass set up people’s republics in Donetsk and Lugansk provinces while the overwhelmingly Russian-speaking population of Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, voted to return to Russia.

    Even though the Communist Party never backed secession from Ukraine, Poroshenko’s regime sought to ban the KPU and remains set on doing so.

    KPU general secretary Petro Symonenko’s devastating critique of the post-coup government’s plan to divest the country of 3,500 public corporations at fire-sale prices to foreign speculators explains this determination.

    The justification for this treasonable act is that these enterprises lose money, are a financial burden and would be better run under private ownership.

    Similar statements were heard when the federal republic of Germany annexed the German Democratic Republic, axing its industries as outdated and plunging eastern German workers into penury.

    History suggests that new owners will slash workforce numbers in quest of profits or simply close these firms, dumping tens of thousands more Ukrainian workers onto the scrap heap.

    As Symonenko points out, the capitalist paradise promised for Ukraine’s workers has proved to be a capitalist hell run by thieves.

    Poroshenko and his allies are so determined to enmesh Ukraine in the EU and Nato that they undermine the national independence they claim to revere.

    It beggars belief that a country that suffered so greatly under nazi occupation could elevate the likes of Stepan Bandera while dropping its backing for Russia’s annual UN general assembly human rights committee resolution on combating the glorification of nazism.

    Just Ukraine joined the US last week in voting against the proposal, which moves on now to the 193-member general assembly next month.

    Kiev’s subservience to Brussels and Washington does not augur well for the future of Ukraine’s working people.


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