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Germany looks at Ukraine

Sergei Kirichuk
Germany looks at Ukraine
“Right-wing political terror against the opposition in Ukraine will be discussed at the next meeting of the party leadership of the European United Left in Brussels”


Despite considerable attention to Ukraine's in the political establishment of Europe, the German public’s interest in the Ukrainian political crisis was formerly quite low. The turning point in the attitude to the conflict for the Germans was the massacre in Odessa, where (only according to official data) 46 people were killed. The expanding conflict in eastern Ukraine and the lack of clear prospects for its settlement frighten German society, which grows increasingly dissatisfied with the position of the government, openly accusing it of supporting ultra-nationalists in Kiev.

If just a month ago the German media reported on the Civil War as a conflict between a "democratic government" and a small group of terrorists, now the trust in this version decreases with each single day. German society and German politicians want to understand what is really going on in Ukraine, and what role the political establishment of the European Union played in organizing the massacre. On the eve of the elections to the European Parliament, a series of protests were held in Germany against the political course of German foreign ministry. The head of its Foreign Ministry was booed by protesting youth, who compared his rhetoric with that of the Nazi era.

Nima Muvasat, a Bundestag deputy of Iranian origin, addressed the Parliament with a number of criticisms against the attitude of the German authorities. In particular, he expressed outrage that the German government and the Federal Chancellor exerted no pressure on Ukraine to clarify the true causes and circumstances of deaths of all the people on the Maidan and in Odessa, but simply repeated automatically the versions offered by the Ukrainian coup regime. German MPs, not without reason, understand that the Kiev government has something to hide -- and this in itself raises questions about the legality and legitimacy of the regime.

German society has followed with interest the latest news from the East of Ukraine. Many media reported on the People's Congress in Donetsk, and the fact that the region is experiencing a wave of military violence - and that the right wing forces that seized power are responsible for it.

Andrej Hunko, Bundestag deputy from the Left Party (Die LINKE), was extremely disturbed by the increasing wave of political terror in Ukraine. In particular, he made a political statement about the attempted kidnapping of Boroba activists on May 21 in Kharkov, considering it another link in an attempt to pressure the opposition of the left.

"Dennis Levin and Svetlana Licht, who organized a rally against the war, were openly attacked by unidentified, armed men in uniform," - the parliamentarian said in a statement. "I condemn this terror against the left and forces acting for peace, which, after the burning of people in the House of Trade Unions in Odessa, after the closing of Borotba offices, after the attacks on opposition candidates and plans to ban opposition parties, such as, for example, the Communist Party of Ukraine, is a further step to intimidate the left and the democratic opposition in Ukraine."

"I express my solidarity with the left and democratic forces, who are victims of political terror in Ukraine, and I urge the European public to not be blind to such things,” said Andrej Hunko, according to whom Western leftists cannot and will not remain indifferent to similar events.

It is expected that the right-wing political terror against the opposition in Ukraine – and in particular, the persecution of Borotba -- will be discussed at the next meeting of the party leadership of the European United Left in Brussels, under pressure from a number of leftist organizations from different countries of the European Union. This means that the European public may soon learn more about the real state of affairs in "post-Maidan” Ukraine.

Sergei Kirichuk



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