In Digest, Ukraine

The crisis in eastern Ukraine, two reports:
* Donbass miners strike and demand withdrawal of Kiev military and militia forces
from eastern Ukraine
* Interview with Aleksandr Buzgalin, Professor of Political Economy at Moscow State University
* Video of march by hundreds of coal miners in city of Donetsk demanding an end to the military attacks by Kyiv

The following is a 15 minute interview with Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin of the Department of Political Economy at Moscow State University. He discusses the grave military assault on the city of Donetsk that has been ordered by the newly elected president of western Ukraine, the tycoon Petro Poroshenko. The Ukraine army and its allied fascist militias have attacked the area surrounding the Donetsk airport and other areas of the city. Dozens of people have been killed.

Following the video screen is a report of strikes by coal miners in eastern Ukraine demanding an end to the military offensive of the Kyiv regime and its new president.

Ukraine: Donbass miners strike, demand withdrawal of Kiev government forces

From The Rabkor (‘Worker Correspondent’) website,, May 27, 2014

Coal miners in the Donbass region have declared an indefinite strike, demanding an end to armed operations in the south-east and the withdrawal of Ukrainian government forces from Donetsk Province.

Taking part in the protest action have been the Skochinsky, Abakumov, Chelyuskinsky and Trudovskaya mines, along with two mines in the city of Makeevka. This is among the contents of a statement issued by First Deputy Minister of the Coal Industry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Konstantin Kuzmin, and reported by ITAR-TASS. According to Kuzmin, other mines will join the strike in the near future.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the Ukrainian armed forces, Aleksey Dmitrashkovsky, declared that operations in Donetsk would continue until all forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic had been eliminated.

It is now reported that military actions have been renewed in the area of Donetsk International Airport and that all roads leading to and from Donetsk have been blocked by Ukrainian forces. Educational institutions in the city are being evacuated. Announcements have been sent to all municipal service offices warning of the need to prepare bomb shelters in which people can take refuge if armed clashes occur or if bombing takes place.

Translation: Renfrey Clarke

Two-minute video: Hundreds of coal miners rally and march in the city of Donetsk on May 28 demanding an end to the military offensive against the city by the Ukraine armed forces and their allied fascist militias:

And read a report in the The Guardian of May 28 on the coal miners’ strikes and protest actions.


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