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Russia insists no occupation of Ukraine

by our European Affairs correspondent

RUSSIAN FORCES and the people’s militias of the Donbas are continuing to advance in the south and east of Ukraine. Russian claims about secret US germ warfare laboratories in Ukraine were confirmed by US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland this week when she admitted that Ukraine hosts what she called “biological research facilities”; and a temporary cease-fire is holding around a number of Ukrainian cities to provide humanitarian corridors along roads to allow civilians to escape the fighting.

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North of the Border

by New Worker correspondent

THE LONG-RUNNING local government equal pay dispute in Glasgow that was supposed to be settled with a £500 million deal in 2019 is likely to result in strike action. Two of the three unions involved, GMB and Unison, have voted for strike action to prevent backsliding by the SNP council whose election in 2017 was partly secured by promising to resolve the issue. The third union, Unite, is currently in the process of balloting. Most recently, 52.5 per cent of Unison members voted by 96 per cent for further strike action.

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What does it mean to be a Communist?

by Dermot Hudson

I BECAME a communist back in the 1970s when I was a teenager. I joined the Young Communist League (YCL) when I was 14-years-old in 1975, I was the only YCL member in the town. Later, in 1980 I joined the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB), at the time I was unaware just how revisionist this party was but that is another story. People can find accounts of my time in the CPGB in my writings.

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Victory to the Donbas!

by New Worker correspondent

COMRADES were back on the streets of London to leaflet the Stop the War march that was part of a national “No to War in Ukraine” day of action on Sunday. The demonstration in London ended in a rally in Trafalgar Square addressed by Jeremy Corbyn, Lindsey German, Tariq Ali and other stalwarts from the peace movement. But although the speakers recognised the dangers of a nuclear conflict and understood that NATO’s aggressive expansion over the last 30 years had played a role in sparking the current conflict, some also called for an unconditional Russian withdrawal from Ukraine – which is also the demand of US imperialism and their lackeys.

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Spotlight Donbas

by Theo Russell

AROUND 40 activists attended a recent meeting in central London to see UK photographer and journalist Dean O’Brien showing photos of the Donbas, speaking on his experiences there and answering questions. He has recently been interviewed twice on these topics on George Galloway’s Mother of all Talk Shows on RT News

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Editorial

Ending the war

BACK IN the ‘good old days’ the rich lived in palatial mansions surrounded by armies of servants whilst kids crawled up chimneys and millions of workers lived in hovels. The British Empire spanned the globe. Britain and the other European powers carved up Africa and most of Asia to loot and plunder and anyone who dared to oppose them was inevitably dubbed insane. There was the ‘Mad Mahdi’ who held the red-coats at bay for a few years in the Sudan, the ‘Mad Mullah’ who led the Somali resistance to British and Italian colonialism, and the endless ‘Mad Fenians’ who, like all the rest, were clearly ‘mad’ to think they could take on the might of the British imperialism and win.

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Free the Kononovich brothers

TWO LEADERS of a Ukrainian communist youth movement have been arrested on trumped-up charges of spying for Russia and Belarus. Alexander and Mikhail Kononovich were arrested in Kiev on Sunday 6th March. Mikhail Kononovich is the first secretary of the Leninist Communist Youth Union of Ukraine.

The Kononovich brothers are known anti-fascist campaigners. Both have long been targeted by the fascist gangs and the secret police. No-one has seen them since. This constitutes a flagrant violation of their human and political rights – a reality which, sadly, is nothing new in Ukraine. It’s been happening since the fascist coup of 2014, which was supported by Anglo-American and Franco-German imperialism.

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