By New Worker correspondent
A protest was held on 12th July in Whitehall, London, opposite the prime minister’s residence in Downing Street, in solidarity with anti-fascists in Ukraine. The protesters called for the British government to end its support for the fascist-infested government in Kiev such as sending military personnel to train members of the Ukrainian army, including those currently engaged in the four-year-long conflict in Donbas.
The protest was organised by the New Communist Party of Britain, Socialist Fight, Posadists in Britain and members of Solidarity with the Anti-Fascist Resistance in Ukraine. They pointed out that residents of the anti-fascist Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics have been subjected to constant military attack and economic blockade since April 2014.
Despite the 2015 Minsk Agreements negotiated by the ‘Normandy Four’ (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France), which promised peace and semi-autonomous status for the Donbas republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, Kiev, egged on by Washington, has slammed the door on any peaceful outcome to the conflict.
The conflict continues day after day, month after month, whilst the western media only reports from the Kiev side and is still recycling fake NATO claims – based on satellite images and photos from different regions and dates – of an alleged Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The protesters highlighted the role of the openly fascist Right Sector and the far-right, openly anti-Semitic Svoboda Party in the February 2014 violent coup in Kiev, and said that the ‘Euromaidan’ protests received massive support from Washington and European leaders to the tune of billions of dollars.
The Right Sector is an openly Nazi organisation that displays the red and black flag of forces which collaborated with Nazi Germany during the Second World War along with White Power and Hitler-loving images, and Svoboda has links with the British BNP and Hungarian nazi Jobbik Party.
Since 2014 trade union offices have been ransacked and burned, Second World War Holocaust memorials have repeatedly been vandalised, the Communist Party of Ukraine (the largest opposition party) banned, communists, socialists, Jewish and gay people have been attacked, and members of the judiciary intimidated by fascist hooligans.
The war in the Donbas that began in 2014, in which 10–15,000 have been killed, mainly civilians, is still continuing, and men, women and children in the Donbas are being killed or injured daily.
This war in Ukraine has been all but blacked out in the western media, and in recent months the main source of news and comment from the Donbas itself, Donbass International News Agency, has been shut down on its website, Facebook and Twitter platforms with visitors getting the message “Attackers might be trying to steal your information”.
The protestors defended Russia against being blamed for the war in Ukraine, and said that Russia’s humanitarian and economic support, including giving thousands of Donbas children breaks in holiday camps, had greatly aided the Donbas republics to survive four years of war and blockade.
The British government continues to support the illegal fascist-backed Poroshenko regime in Kiev, including sending military personnel to train Ukrainian troops. The protesters called on the British government to end all support for the current government in Kiev and to back a peaceful, negotiated end the war in Ukraine.