Ukraine lurches from crisis to crisis, yet continues to secure the staunch backing- both military and political – of the USA and the European powers alike.
This New Cold War dossier provides background material for readers seeking to understand the current situation in Ukraine. Each section deals with one aspect and contains links to relevant articles on the New Cold War website, together with a brief introduction to the article.
New Cold War dossiers will be updated and republished from time to time as new items are added.
To view an article click on its headline; to view the original, click on the ‘originally published’ link immediately preceding the introduction to the article.
By Alan Freeman and Radhika Desai, editors, NewColdWar.org, 10 June, 2018.
Rogue Client State: a textbook example
By David Pugliese May 17, 2018. First published in the Ottawa Citizen
Canada continues to come to the defence of Nazi and SS collaborators, while in the US more than 50 members of Congress condemned the Ukraine government’s ongoing efforts to glorify them. In an important breach of Canadian media silence, the Ottawa Citizen has published David Pugliese’s detailed account
Far Right on the march
by Volodymyr Ishchenko, May 2018, First published on PONARS Eurasia
Volodymyr Ischenko analyses the vicious circle of nationalist radicalization in Ukraine involving mutual reinforcement between far-right groups and the dominant oligarchic pyramids. This has significantly contributed to a post-Euromaidan domestic politics that is not unifying the country but creating divisiveness and damaging Ukrainian relations with its strategically important neighbors.
By Lev Golinkin, May 20, 2018, First published on FORWARD
A wave of anti-Semitism has swept over Ukraine. In the past three weeks alone, a far-right leader publicly called for cleansing Ukraine of zhidi (a slur equivalent to “kike”); a Holocaust memorial in Ternopil was bombed; hundreds marched through Lviv, in honor of an SS unit, complete with Nazi salutes; “Death to Zhidi” graffiti was scrawled in two cities; a revered rabbi’s tomb was vandalized; a Romani camp in Kiev was attacked and burned by far-right nationalists, and hundreds rocked out at a neo-Nazi concert clad in swastikas and throwing up Nazi salutes.
By Halyna Mokrushyna, 2 May, 2018
Today marks the fourth anniversary of the Odessa tragedy when 48 activists of anti-nationalist Kulikovo field were burned alive inside the Trade Union building. They tried to escape the violence of extreme right militants and football ultras. Ukrainian authorities deliberately stall the investigation of these murders. Members of the extreme right, such as Pravyi Sektor, come to the court hearing and intimidate judges. There is no political will to establish the truth because the truth is not in the interests of the current political regime.
Kiev’s uneasy relation with truth
By Roger Annis, 4 Jun,2018. Originally published on A Socialist in Canada
Three news articles and commentaries on the state of journalism in Ukraine, along with weblinks to related news reports.
By Adam Swain, 31 May, 2018. Originally published on The Conversation
When exiled Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was reported assassinated in the Ukrainian Kiev, the media duly seized on it as another example of Moscow’s brutal methods of eliminating dissent – conveniently ignoring Ukraine’s clampdown on journalism and dissent alike, not to mention the spate of murders currently sweeping its oligarchs. But suddenly, Babchenko appeared alive and claiming to have trapped a hitman and raising more questions than he answered.
Patrick Hennington, May 25,2018, interviewed on Russia Today
The bungled hoax murder of Russian journalist Babchenko has captured world headlines. Less widely publicised is the Ukraine regime’s own attacks on journalists operating in the country – aided, abetted, and egged on by the USA
Rostislav Ishchenko, translated by Jafe Arnold, Jun 5,2018. First published on Fort-Russ
Seeing that the Poroshenko regime is staggering, Ukrainian anti-fascists have begun to revel in discussing regime change options. Things have reached the point that Ukrainian experts are beginning to argue that the notorious Normandy format was devised by Germany (with France’s non-resistance) to sell Ukraine to Russia. This, argues Roschatieff Ishchenko, is an illusion – and a dangerous one.
By Inessa S, 13 May, 2018. Originally published on Fort-Russ
As the regime of Ukraine president Poroshenko staggers from crisis to crisis, its oligarchs and their political clients appear to be settling accounts – with murder high on the agenda.