Statement from the Independent Donetsk Miners’ Trade Union
We need to explain to you the true state of affairs in the Donbass. The European media has misinterpreted or hushed up the real picture of what’s happening. We understand that you might not find it easy to come to the correct conclusions; therefore, we declare that we… the miners… must fight with weapons in hand for the sake of our lives… in the name of survival!
Our sole interest in this confrontation is… end the bloodshed! The war will end when we hold a trial of the war criminals that began it. We can’t give up, because if we did, it’d mean our full moral and physical destruction! From the outset, the big bourgeoisie controlled the “Euromaidan”… the Ukrainian oligarchs and their foreign masters ran it. In February, there was a coup in the Ukraine, with active participation from neo-Nazi groups. In response to this, a protest movement arose in the South-East… at first, it only pushed innocuous slogans such as federalisation and Russian as a second state language. The putschists responded to this with terror.
There’s a real war In the Donbass; civilians die, including the elderly, women, and children. They blatantly lie to you when they tell you that this war is between the Ukraine and Russia. However, that isn’t so! The war is between the people and a handful of oligarchs supported by the EU and the American governments. The tragedy in the Ukraine is that those in power managed to infect some people with fascist ideas. We, the residents of the Donbass, fight against all manifestations of Nazism and Fascism. We fight with weapons in hand, for our lives and for the lives of our loved ones. We have nowhere to retreat… this is our land! We appeal to you, workers of Europe, asking for your help and solidarity… help us break the stranglehold of fascism in the Ukraine. This would be our common victory!
14 July 2014
Mikhail Alekseyevich Krylov
Representative, Independent Donetsk Miners’ Trade Union
M A Krylov was co-chairman of the City Strike Committee in Donetsk during the big miners’ strikes in 1991 and later on in the 90s. Now, he’s the head of the Independent Miners’ Union of Donetsk, which organises over 1,000 mine-workers.
Enraged citizens in Novoselitsa (Chernovtsy Oblast) demonstrated outside the military recruitment office, protesting the present mobilisation for the repression operation in Novorossiya. A Far Right nationalist Rada
People’s Deputy attempted to defend the mobilisation, but the women at the protest rushed at him, shouting that HE should go fight in the war.
30 July 2014
Solidarity with the Antifascist Resistance in the Ukraine