Russia calls for end to fighting

by our European Affairs correspondent

UKRAINIAN anti-fascist militias are locked in ferocious battles with the forces of the Nato- backed Nazi-oligarch regime that is using heavy artillery and air power to try to crush the popular revolt that has swept over most of the east of the country.

Russia has called an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council to move a resolution calling for an immediate halt to violence and the Kremlin has pledged to provide humanitarian aid to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine.

Russia will seek Security Council action to end weeks of deadly clashes in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine between Kiev regime forces and the anti-fascist militias of the two breakaway republics that have formed the Novorossiya Union in the east of the country. The Kremlin has also urged Nato to demand that Kiev immediately stop its military operation and fulfil the Geneva accords, as well as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe roadmap of the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.

Russia has called almost daily for an end to the violence in eastern Ukraine that has now reached civil war proportions, with puppet regime air-raids and indiscriminate shelling against civilian targets that have left hundreds dead and many more wounded.

The health minister of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic was killed during an air raid on the regional administration headquarters on Monday,

Last week two puppet regime army helicopters were shot down by self-defence forces of Slavyansk, an eastern Ukrainian city where fierce fighting between Kiev regime loyalists and anti-fascists continues. A general and 13 other Kiev regime servicemen were killed when second helicopter was downed while 80 puppet regime troops holed up at a Lugansk military base surrendered to self-defence forces who stormed the military installation hosting the “Ukrainian National Guard”.

The “National Guard” is largely drawn from the ranks of the fascist movements whose militias control much of western Ukraine. But Nazi Right Sector thugs operating in the east have now come under fire from those they claim to support. Semyon Semenchenko, the commander of the “Donbass volunteers”, says that the fascist militiamen are far from helping restore the authority of the Kiev regime.

“In fact, the Right Sector has not been involved in the fighting. But it has spent two months looting, attacking citizens and engaging in extortion. They can only deal with civilians, or with the scared police. They won’t cope with a real enemy,” Semenchenko told reporters in Kiev on Sunday.

Semenchenko said the Right Sector is operating in collusion with the local crime chiefs who finance them. “They are re-shaping the local market of illegal drugs in cooperation with local bandits, they collect metal at dump sites and raid slot halls in the interests of competitors. What they are doing has nothing to do with fighting,” Semenchenko said.

Meanwhile Russian communists are calling on the Putin government to take even firmer action to support the popular forces in eastern Ukraine. Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, has called for an urgent meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

“We demand immediate and efficient reaction of our country to the mass war crimes in the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics. We are confident that Russia must give all the necessary help to their population, provide assistance to the self-defence groups, facilitate sending volunteers to Novorossia and provide it with vitally necessary resources,” he declared.