Free Alexander Kushnarev!

Free Alexander Kushnarev!Don’t let Ukrainian gov’t cover up Odessa massacre

On May 2, 2014, at least 48 anti-fascist protesters were murdered by right-wing Ukrainian nationalists at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, southeastern Ukraine. Those killed had opposed the right-wing coup that had recently taken place in the country’s capital, Kiev, with active support from the U.S. government.

Union Borotba (Struggle), the organization which issued this statement, was outlawed by the new regime and now operates underground.

Appeal to left and anti-fascist organizations in Europe and worldwide on the arrest of Alexander Kushnarev

Comrades!

On February 23 a flagrant event happened in Odessa – agents of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) arrested Alexander Kushnarev, the father of anti-fascist Gennady Kushnarev, who was slain on May 2, 2014.

He is accused of organizing the kidnapping of Parliament Deputy Alexei Goncharenko, who was photographed posing with Gennady’s body on May 2.

Alexander Kushnarev, like the other relatives of the dead, is a major obstacle to the Ukrainian government, which is trying to cover up the massacre that occurred on May 2, 2014, in Odessa.

They refuse to be silent about this tragedy. They hold memorial rallies, produce literature about the events of May 2, and knock on the doors of all international human rights organizations.

Such activity by the relatives of the dead is a “sore spot” for the Ukrainian authorities, as it prevents them from presenting Ukraine to the international community as a democratic country.

In order to silence these people, the regime took a vile step: using the grief from the loss of his son, they set up the father of the deceased anti-fascist to seek revenge. For greater resonance, the chosen target was a deputy of the Ukrainian parliament who took part in the suppression of the opposition on May 2, 2014 — Alexei Goncharenko.

To be fair, it must be said that Alexei Goncharenko didn’t kill anyone, and was not the organizer of the massacre, but it was he was reported the victory of pro-government forces during the live broadcast on the country’s main TV networks. And he did it against the background of the dead Gennady Kushnarev. As a result, the hatred of Odessites for this character is extremely great.

But the problem goes deeper. This situation was made possible because of the sabotage of the investigation of the mass murder at the House of Trade Unions by law enforcement agencies. For nearly three years, Odessa anti-fascists have languished have languished in Ukrainian prisons, while the murderers who finished off those who leapt from windows to escape the burning building, those who shot peaceful citizens of Odessa, are still at large. It is this absence of justice which makes people seek justice on their own.

The authorities provoked this act intentionally, to have an excuse to arrest other activists of the anti-fascist movement. And so, immediately after the arrest of Alexander Kushnarev, searches began of the homes of activists of Kulikovo Field.

We appeal to all concerned people for solidarity! We ask you to organize pickets and rallies outside Ukrainian embassies and consulates, as well as in the streets of your cities!

We ask for the maximum circulation of the information that the Ukrainian government, after assassinating the anti-fascists, wants to imprison their parents!

We will seek the release of Alexander in all international legal bodies, and in case of failure — through prisoner exchange.

We will not allow them to silence the May 2 massacre in Odessa!

Borotba is always on the side of those who think and fight!

New York protest: Stop U.S.-Ukraine war crimes in Donbass!

Free Alexander Kushnarov & all political prisoners!

Part of the International Day of Action to Stop Genocide of Donbass Residents

Sunday, March 5 – 12 Noon

United Nations – Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
1st Ave & 47 St., Manhattan

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/271621436602236/

WE DEMAND:

  • STOP UKRAINE’S ATTACKS ON DONBASS NOW!
  • Kiev must honor the Minsk agreements
  • End U.S. funding and training for the Kiev regime & neo-Nazi groups
  • Recognize the Donetsk & Lugansk People’s Republics
  • International War Crimes Tribunal for Ukrainian President Poroshenko and his accomplices in Washington

ALSO: FREEDOM FOR ALEXANDER KUSHNAROV, father of one of the antifascists killed in Odessa on May 2, 2014. He was arrested Feb. 23 by the Ukrainian junta.

Since late January, the Donetsk and Lugansk republics have faced their worst wartime conditions in nearly two years, as the U.S.-backed Ukrainian government of President Petro Poroshenko escalates terror-bombing of homes, schools, hospitals, and essential services in cities and villages all along the front line.

At the same time, contradictory statements and belligerent actions by the Donald Trump administration in Washington have undermined lingering hopes in Donetsk, Lugansk and neighboring Russia for a significant change in the U.S. posture towards Ukraine that could lead to a de-escalation of the war.

A report released in Donetsk on Feb. 14 notes that 96 people have been wounded since Jan. 1, 2017 – half of them civilians, including six children. Since Feb. 3, more than 45 people have been killed by Ukrainian bombs. Since late January, Ukrainian forces have shelled homes, schools, hospitals, mines and vital infrastructure at a rate not seen in two years – leaving people in villages and cities without water, heat or electricity in the dead of winter.

Nearly 10,000 people have died since the war began three years ago, according to the UN, including over 100 children.

Tens of thousands of people in Donetsk and Lugansk, the former areas of eastern Ukraine that declared independence after a U.S.-backed coup in 2014, have signed a petition to the leaders of the United States, Germany and the Russian Federation, demanding they put a stop to Ukraine’s recent escalation of war in the region.

The Ukrainian government and neo-fascist armed groups at war with Donetsk and Lugansk have received massive funding and military training from Washington. It’s especially important for opponents of war, fascism and racism in the United States to show solidarity at this time, when the Donald Trump regime is threatening new wars around the globe and rapidly backing away from campaign promises to de-escalate conflict with Russia.

Called by: Solidarity with Novorossiya & Antifascists in Ukraine / International Action Center

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Appeal to stop war on Donbass

URGENT APPEAL: Stop Poroshenko! Save the people of Donbass!

Donbass PetitionSign the petition!

The presidents of the People’s Councils of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, Denis Pushilin and Vladimir Degtyarenko, have organized an appeal and the collection of signatures among the residents of the republics to denounce the serious situation in the cities of Donbass subjected to bombardments by the Ukrainian army.

The situation threatens to become a real humanitarian disaster.

This call will be delivered to the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the United States Donald Trump and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.

To add your endorsement, send your name / organization, affiliation, city and country to:
Solidarity with Novorossiya & Antifascists in Ukraine
International Action Center
solidarityukraineantifa@gmail.com


Text of Petition:

The Ukrainian authorities continue the genocide of the population of Donbass.

Attacks and bombings continue on the line of contact, having damaged a number of social, industrial and residential buildings. At the end of 2016, as a result of sabotage by the Kiev army, 80% of the LPR was left without electricity. It is located under the continuing threat of sabotage of the hydraulic system and gas for heating.

Several times there have been attempts by the Ukrainians to stop the flow of water from the Petrovsky filtration plant ( “Carbon” industrial site) in the territory of the LPR.

Because of that, some 400,000 people have been affected by a shortage of drinking water in the cities of Lugansk, Alchevsk, Stakhanov, Bryanka, Pervomaisk and a number of other settlements.

The districts of the DPR had to connect to the power supply of the city of Yasinovataya and many surrounding settlements are still without water.

Part of Makeyevka is still dry. The water pumping structure on the Kalmius River was subjected to artillery fire. Pervomaysk is disconnected from the gas supply network. The failure of these structures endangers more than 500,000 residents.

The Ukrainian army has deliberately chosen to target civilian industrial facilities whose destruction could cause an ecological disaster in the region.

The Donetsk filtering system, where hazardous chemicals are stored, is under constant artillery fire. More than 500,000 people live in the districts adjacent to the Ukrainian border.

The situation is similar, because of potentially dangerous substances in the installation of “phenol” Dzerzhinsk, near the village of Novgorod and the “Styrene” plant near the city of Gorlovka.

In addition, Ukraine has done nothing to restore the banking system, so there is no possibility for the transfer of money. Citizens of the Republics do not receive their pensions and social benefits. This restriction affects mainly pensioners and the most socially vulnerable groups — about 30% of the population.

We ask you to intervene with the President of Ukraine, Poroshenko, to stop the criminal activities against the people of Donbass.

Stop firing on civilians!
Stop the economic blockade!
This must be done before it’s too late!
We still have time to stop the environmental and humanitarian disaster!
Stop Poroshenko! Save the people of Donbass!

To add your endorsement, send your name / organization, affiliation, city and country to:
Solidarity with Novorossiya & Antifascists in Ukraine
International Action Center
solidarityukraineantifa@gmail.com

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