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

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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

The blood of Donbass is now on Trump’s hands

Donetsk and Lugansk are again under fierce attack from the U.S.-funded and -armed Ukrainian junta. Civilians and troops are being killed again in greater numbers near the front line as the Ukrainian fascists and military try to advance.

School in Makeyevka

Students and teachers in bomb shelter after School №32 in Makeyevka was shelled by Ukraine Jan. 30.

Many people in the capital of Donetsk are without electricity and running water in the dead of winter. A school and hospital in Makeyevka were targeted by Ukraine on January 30. Overnight, Ukrainian forces launched more than 100 GRAD rockets at Yasinovataya. Apartment buildings and homes in Donetsk city have been shelled for several days. Two hundred miners at the Zasyadko coalmine are trapped underground after electricity was knocked out by Ukrainian shelling. Officials in Donetsk have ordered the evacuation of the capital’s Kiyevsky district because of the ongoing attacks.

After assuming the presidency on January 20, Donald Trump acted quickly to enforce repressive measures against poor and working people at home. He was quick to ban legal residents and visitors from returning to the U.S. based on their religion and country of origin. He was quick to announce plans for “secure zones” in Syria in violation of Syrian sovereignty. He was quick to stand behind a massacre carried out on his watch by U.S. military forces in Yemen that killed more than 30 people, including children.

Donald Trump claims he wants better relations with Russia. But has he taken any steps to stop Ukrainian attacks in Donbass? He has not said a word. Even the lifting of sanctions on Russia is now “not a sure thing,” according to Trump.

School in Makeyevka

Apartment complex in Donetsk shelled by Ukrainian forces January 29. Photo: DONi News

The deaths and destruction being carried out by Kiev are war crimes. And the blood is on Trump’s hands just as much as Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s.

Under Obama, we demanded that the U.S. stop its bloody proxy war in Donbass. And now, under Trump, we demand that the U.S. stop its bloody proxy war in Donbass.

Then and now, we say: End funding, arming and political protection to the Kiev regime! End the sanctions against Russia and Donbass! Recognize Crimea as part of the Russian Federation! Recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics! Reparations for the rebuilding of the war torn Donbass!

Solidarity with Novorossiya & Antifascists in Ukraine
International Action Center
January 31, 2017

Solidarity with Ukraine Antifascists Committee