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Thursday, 22 January 2015

P N Simonenko: If We Don’t Stop the War Now… The Ukraine Will Disappear from the Political Map of the World Tomorrow

00 KPU Odessa Oblast01. 11.09.14


We appeal to the political leadership in the EU, Russia, and the USA to help us stop the fratricidal war in the Ukraine and to act as guarantors of a peace settlement. We demand that the leaders of the major world powers act to see that all parties implement the Kiev, Minsk, and Geneva agreements to resolve the Ukrainian crisis. We should see to it that all parties respect the rights and freedoms of all citizens, regardless of their political, religious, ideological, and spiritual orientation, so long as they act within legal limits, don’t issue calls for war, or incite ethnic and sectarian strife. From the beginning, the KPU insisted on a peaceful solution to the crisis that arose after the coup d’état that overthrew Yanukovich, a change in power fomented by oligarchic clans with the backing of ultranationalist and pro-fascist elements. From the beginning, we offered peaceful solutions… we want a free referendum, not a phony election held with an avtomat aimed at our head; we want to restore consensus and national harmony. Now, despite the fact that the junta ruling in Kiev destroyed the Ukraine’s territorial integrity, ripped apart its unity, and plunged the country and people into a bloody war after their oligarchic coup in February 2014, we Communists keep the hope alive that we haven’t yet “crossed the Rubicon”. However, with each passing day, the chance to keep the Ukraine on the political map of the world becomes less and less. The victims of violence pile up higher and higher! We must stop the war! Stop it now… stop it immediately! Stop it by throwing the oligarchs out of power and giving power back to the working people!

21 January 2015

P N Simonenko

First Secretary TsK KPU


KPU official website



Sunday, 11 January 2015

“Soviets invaded Germany and the Ukraine”:’ Berlin Faces Tough Choice on Yatsenyuk’s World War II Take

00 UPA The Face of Evil. 06.12


This week, Ukrainian Prime Minister A P Yatsenyuk said that the USSR invaded Germany and the Ukraine in World War II. Despite attempts by the Western press to bury the story, now, Russia’s demanding answers from Berlin. Nothing is louder than silence. I know this, you know this, and you can be sure that Angela Merkel knows it too. Why then is Merkel’s government refusing to comment on Yatsenyuk’s extraordinary remarks? The reasons are complex, as I’ll shortly outline. First, though, let’s see what Yatsenyuk actually said. He told German TV outlet ARD, “All of us still clearly remember the Soviet invasion of the Ukraine and Germany. We need to avoid [repeating] it. Nobody has the right to rewrite the results of the Second World War. Russian President Putin is trying to do exactly this”.

Initially, when I saw the comments on my Twitter timeline, I was sure that it was a joke. So much disinformation circulates on the platform that I automatically dismissed it as a misquote. Surely, a senior politician wouldn’t say something like that? Only 24 hours later, when I saw Yatsenyuk’s words still swooshing through the Twitter-sphere, did I realise that he actually did utter those words. Yatsenyuk, apparently handpicked for the PM post by American diplomat Victoria Nuland, believes that the USSR invaded Germany in World War II. This runs contrary to the almost universally accepted history that Germany actually attacked the Soviets first in Operation Barbarossa. After repelling the attack, eventually, Soviet forces made it to Berlin, where they met the other liberating powers, the USA and Britain.

Naturally, some claim that Yatsenyuk made a slip of the tongue. This is hogwash. The only thing that dropped was his mask. I’ve heard similar remarks before… in the Western Ukraine, where the PM is from. Yatsenyuk hails from Chernovtsy, widely regarded as the region’s second cultural capital, after Lvov, which many see as the foremost nationalist stronghold. Something interesting used to happen each 9 May in the Ukraine (the anniversary of the German surrender in 1945). Kiev, Kharkov, Odessa, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, and all other major cities, bar one, honoured the defeat of the Nazis. Many in Lvov have never looked too happy with the day. In fact, in 2011, local “patriots” went a step further by attacking a small gathering of veterans who commemorated the occasion.

The reason for this feeling is simple. Western Ukrainians believe that they lost the war. Their side was defeated. Put simply, Yatsenyuk’s merely a product of his environment. However, this time, he expressed publicly a view that was probably previously restricted to private discourse. Possibly, he felt that a German audience might be sympathetic to his position. If so, that was a huge misread of the German people. Standard North American and Western European history textbooks give students the impression that World War II in Europe was a fight between Germany, the USSR, France, and the UK, with the USA getting involved later. Largely, the books depict the other countries where the war was fought as victims of Germany. This is simplistic. In reality, Germany wasn’t alone in its invasion of the USSR in 1941. Forces from Romania, Finland, Italy, Hungary, and Slovakia also took part and Western Ukrainian elements collaborated with Hitler’s war machine.

For example, the difference between the Ukraine and Slovakia is that Slovaks have come to understand that their wartime behaviour was wrong. The majority in Košice and Bratislava rightly revile the pro-Nazi leader Jozef Tiso. However, in the Western Ukraine, their chief Hitler acolyte, S A Bandera has “hero” status. Indeed, there’s a gigantic statue of him in front of the main railway station in Lvov. Ukrainian reverence for relics of the Nazi past is both embarrassing and worrying for Germany. I’m sure that Merkel often wishes that her NATO allies had found a more reasonable client state to antagonise Russia with. The Ukraine’s refusal to deal with its past head-on is a festering boil for EU diplomats.

Just this week, Czech President, Miloš Zeman argued with Bandera fanboys in Ukrainian academia. He wrote, “You’re aware of the Bandera statement, ‘You must kill every Polish person between 16 and 60 years of age?’ If you say you don’t know this… then, what kind of scholars of Ukrainian studies are you? I want to tell you that Bandera wished to make out of the Ukraine a vassal state of Germany… I can’t congratulate a country that has such ‘national heroes’”. This also explains the silence of German media on Yatsenyuk’s words. If the German public were fully aware of what their visitor from Kiev said, it’d outrage them. So much so that it could force Merkel to withdraw all support for the Ukraine. If Yatsenyuk’s comments received wider circulation, they’d embolden revisionists in Germany and beyond… something there is, sadly, no shortage of. Just as it seemed the story would fade away, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a late intervention, asking Berlin to outline its official position on Yatsenyuk’s verbiage. The reply, assuming it ever arrives, will be telling.

10 January 2015

Bryan MacDonald




My own experience with diaspora Galicians, both Uniates and “Orthodox”, in the 70s and 80s confirm the above… indeed, it’s a bit UNDERSTATED. Understand that when I outline the evil committed by institutions, I’m not condemning individuals. In many cases, believers turn their heads and refuse to deal with the manifest malice… that’s not good, but I wouldn’t call it culpable. The nationalists make the most noise, so, most people allow them to operate unhindered. Besides this, sources tell me that some diaspora nationalists don’t scruple at violence. Both the Uniates and the “Orthodox” glorify those who collaborated with the Nazis and the CIA… they glorify those who murdered Poles, Jews, Roma, Russians, Little Russians, and even Galicians who didn’t knuckle under to the rightwing nutters. They glorify Nazi collaborators… if you support the present Ukrainian neofascist junta, you spit in the face of all World War II vets of the Anti-Hitler Coalition. If you support the present Ukrainian neofascist junta, you support those who helped the Nazis carry out the Holocaust. That’s what you do. Let’s not prettify it.

You can honour the veterans of the Red Army or you can honour Nazi collaborationist criminals… that’s the only choice on offer. You can’t honour both. After all, the Red Army LIBERATED Auschwitz… Western Ukrainian collaborators helped OPERATE it. Note well that the Ukrainian Catholics and “Ukrainian Orthodox” honoured and upheld the latter, not the former. The US Republican Party, in particular, refuses to see this. Fancy that… that tells about them and that you should NEVER vote for such an amoral organisation (all their bleats of “Pro-Life” are vacuous hot air compared to this).


P N Simonenko: “Fascism is Now Officially the State Ideology of the Ruling Junta” in the Ukraine

00 yatsenyuk fascist. ukraine. 10.01.15


If you recall, A P Yatsenyuk spoke on German TV, publicly stating that everyone knows about the Soviet invasion of the Ukraine and Germany [in the VOV] and that we should do everything that we can to avoid a repetition today. Thus, Yatsenyuk twisted the history of the Great Patriotic War and the Second World War, calling the liberation of Europe from Nazism “Russian aggression” against Hitler’s Germany. In truth, the Ukrainian people, together with all the fraternal peoples of the republics of the USSR, made a decisive contribution to the victory of the anti-Hitler coalition in the VOV. If an ordinary citizen made such a statement, one would see it as dense ignorance and plain stupidity. However, as it came from a very senior Ukrainian state official, we must regard it as a vile provocation, calculated to escalate tension in Europe, to embroil Europe in a new world war. Such statements by senior junta officials in the Ukraine clearly dovetail with the policies of the USA’s ruling circles towards Europe, which includes Russia and the Ukraine. In conditions of severe systemic global crisis, a united, peaceful, and strong Europe, Europe, with close economic and political ties with Russia, has become anathema for the USA. Yatsenyuk’s statement shows his true political stance… he’s a supporter of fascism. If they don’t immediate dismiss Yatsenyuk, it’d indicate that fascism is now officially the state ideology of the ruling junta.

10 January 2015

P N Simonenko

First Secretary of the TsK KPU


KPRF official website


Friday, 11 April 2014

SKP-KPSS Statement: Protect the Russian-Speaking Population in the Ukraine!

 00 SKP-KPSS. Union of Commuist Parties-Communist Party of the USSR. 11.04.14.


The Soviet of the SKP-KPSS and the 17 constituent Communist Parties making up the SKP-KPSS express their extreme concern at the worsening situation in the Ukraine and condemn the actions of the anti-people junta in Kiev.

Today, the junta in charge of the Ukrainian state, which embodies neo-Nazi elements, went beyond the limits of the permissible. This fascistic mob continued the treacherous legacy of Bandera and Shukhevich. On the evening of 9 April, they set a fire at the property housing the KPU Central Committee and the KPU headquarters. Bonfires of books, persecution of dissidents, rank Nazism… all raised to the level of state policy… this repeats word-for-word the story of Germany under Hitler’s Reich. That was a true Evil Empire, which wrought the death of tens of millions of people, it destroyed hundreds and hundreds of cities, and thousands of villages. This Empire committed the most heinous crimes against humanity that history ever knew. New times have brought a new Führer. Like their ideological predecessors, these degenerates also portend catastrophe. It could choke Europe yet again; it raises the spectre of a damnable fascism that we thought was dead. Mankind should’ve learnt from its bitter mistakes! However, again, the Euro-American coalition plays their unworthy games. Now, they’ve decided to play on the space of the former USSR, where the peoples have a history of close ties and friendship that date back hundreds of years.

First, the seizure, and now the burning of the KPU Central Office, then, destroying Soviet monuments, along with persecution of Communists and patriots, both Russian and Ukrainian, plus those who simply call for friendship with Russia… this is just the beginning! What’s next!? Using whatever means it must, the whole of progressive mankind must stop the criminal régime in Kiev; we must halt the ruling junta from smashing everything Soviet and Russian. Today, in an era of terrible international strife and bloody clashes, all sensible people understand clearly that this is an impertinent attack on anything Soviet or Russian, it’s a crime against the Soviet legacy, it’s a crime against Russianness… it’s a crime against people as individuals, and against humanity in general, it’s a crime against world peace and order.

The Soviet of the SKP-KPSS protests the barbaric acts committed by extremist groups… they burned the KPU office in Kiev and persecuted KPU cadres! We express our solidarity with the all KPU members, headed by Peter Nikolayevich Simonenko, and with all their supporters. We appeal to the government of the Russian Federation to protect the Russian-speaking population in the Ukraine and to shield the progressive forces working for unity amongst the Slavic peoples and for the fraternal union of all the peoples of the former USSR.

11 April 2014

Kazbek Kutsukovich Taisaev


KPRF official website


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