The Guardian: It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine

The Guardian, Monday 7 April 2014 18.00 BST

The west has been needlessly whipping up tension – if we don’t co-operate soon, chaos may take hold, By Sergei LAVROV

The profound and pervasive crisis in Ukraine is a matter of grave concern for Russia. We understand perfectly well the position of a country which became independent just over 20 years ago and still faces complex tasks in constructing a sovereign state. Among them is the search for a balance of interests among its various regions, the peoples of which have different historical and cultural roots, speak different languages and have different perspectives on their past and present, and their country’s future place in the world. The Guardian: It’s not Russia that is destabilising Ukraine részletei…

Sharp rise in tensions in Eastern Ukraine

The SAKER (1) , MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014:  Sharp rise in tensions in Eastern Ukraine

It is hard to get a good picture of what is happening in the eastern Ukraine, but looking at various sources it appears to me that large protests have occurred in the cities of Lugansk, Kharkov and Donetsk. From the video footage some rather large crowds, including a lot of women, have assembled in the city centers. In Donetsk and Lugansk the demonstrators have seized the governmental buildings including the local HQs of the Ukrainian SBU (security service). In Donetsk the demonstrators have gathered into something like a popular assembly and have declared the creation of a “People’s Republic of Donetsk” and have announced that they plan to hold a referendum on the future of the region on April 11th. The best sign, however, that things are becoming very serious in, that the entire top ruling elite of the revolutionary government in Kiev – including Yulia Timoshenko – has relocated to the eastern Ukraine to try to get the situation under control. Sharp rise in tensions in Eastern Ukraine részletei…

Gregor Gysi: Ukraine – Diplomacy Is the Only Way

The Bullet: The following is the text from a speech delivered on March 13, 2014 by Gregor Gysi, a prominent member of the German Left Party (Die Linke). As the chairman of the largest opposition party in the Bundestag, Gregor Gysi has the right to be the first to respond to Angela Merkel. In his address to the Bundestag, Gysi sharply criticizes Germany and other Western countries, as well as Russia, for their intervention in Ukraine. He points to a new power struggle between the United States and Russia and to violations of international law by all sides. In addition, he draws specific attention to the positions of power obtained in the new Ukrainian government by known fascists. The speech was given just days before Crimeans voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine; a referendum Gysi considers to be illegitimate. Gregor Gysi: Ukraine – Diplomacy Is the Only Way részletei…

Maidan 2013: A Multi-Dimensional Dialectic of Resistance (A View from the Left)

Aleksandr Buzgalin*: Maidan 2013: A Multi-Dimensional Dialectic of Resistance (A View from the Left)

As this text is being written, the outcome of the resistance remains undecided, but the author is certain that one way or another, the present Ukrainian authorities will draw closer to the European Union. Meanwhile, one thing is clear: the profound problems of Ukraine, and of Russia’s relations with it, will not be solved as a result. Maidan 2013: A Multi-Dimensional Dialectic of Resistance (A View from the Left) részletei…