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East Ukraine resists Kiev

by our European Affairs correspondent

FIERCE fighting continues across a wide front in eastern Ukraine as Ukrainian puppet regime forces struggle to push the anti-fascist resistance back to the rebel-held city of Donetsk. But the partisans are continuing to hold the line while the people of Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Novorossiya republic, are banking on the arrival of a Russian aid convoy waiting for clearance to cross the border and deliver vital supplies to the beleaguered civilian population.

At least 12 Ukrainian fascist thugs have been killed and an unknown number taken prisoner in clashes with partisans outside Donetsk when a bus-load of Right Sector militiamen was ambushed on Wednesday. Eleven puppet regime troops were also killed and 41 wounded in the fighting this week amid reports that the Kiev regime forces have abandoned control of over 100 km of their border with Russia after a prolonged struggle against relentless partisan attacks.

Russian lorries, packed with relief supplies for south-eastern Ukraine, have approached the Ukrainian frontier and are awaiting the opening of a humanitarian corridor to allow them to distribute aid to civilians across the war-torn east of the country.

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Care UK workers take pay fight to London

MORE THAN 30 striking workers employed by Care UK in Doncaster took their pay dispute to London for the second time last Friday. The delegation represented some 70 Unison members, who are in the middle of a two-week strike.

They are demanding a “meaningful” pay rise for staff transferred from the NHS under TUPE regulations, and the living wage for all others.

Their intention on Friday was to meet Care UK’s parent company, Bridgepoint Capital, to push the company for a positive response to their claim.

But Yorkshire and Humberside Unison regional organiser Jim Bell said that when they arrived at Bridgepoint’s central London offices, the doors were locked against them.

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Zionism is the servant of imperialism, not the master

NO ONE can ignore the plight of the Palestinian Arabs these days. Massive demonstrations against the Israeli onslaught on Gaza throughout the world and similar solidarity actions across the country and the world have rocked the bourgeois consensus on Palestine.

Baroness Warsi, the token Muslim in the Con-Dem government, resigned from the Cabinet and the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has condemned David Cameron’s “silence” on the genocidal anti-Arab rampage by Israel in the Gaza Strip.

The huge march in London last weekend and the demonstrations that are continuing across the country reflect the growing support for the Palestinian cause amongst all strata of society. More and more now see Israel for what it is despite the best efforts of the BBC and the rest of the bourgeois media to portray Israel as the victim rather than the aggressor and side-line or completely ignore the fundamental cause of the conflict.

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