At least 13 civilians and likely dozens more have been killed by continuing artillery barrages, as government troops close in on militia positions around the city of Gorlovka in eastern Ukraine.
A 1-year old - killed next to her parents - and a 5-year old are among the dead, according to information published by the Donetsk regional administration. Several local journalists on the ground have reported that as many as 30 have been killed, as fighting continues.Government troops reached the outskirts of the city of 250,000 people late on Thursday, and have pushed militants back into positions inside residential areas.
From about 5am Sunday morning, heavy artillery shells began to explode alongside several of the main highways.
"They were aiming for our headquarters, but missed and hit residential areas instead," a local militant source told RIA news agency.
“One of the mortars hit the top floor of a popular supermarket that had customers inside. Another hit exploded in a courtyard outside an apartment block, and another next to a maternity hospital. We still don’t know how many are dead – there are ambulances everywhere,” local resident Sergey, who did not want to give his surname for fear of reprisals, told RT.
Officials from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic say the government is using powerful but imprecise BM-21 Grad (Hail) missiles in densely populated areas.
Some 1,129 people have been killed and nearly 3,500 wounded in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation in April, according to UN estimates.
The report also states that these are the minimum casualty toll estimates by the UN monitoring mission and WHO.
The report says that the cause of the rising death toll is intensified artillery shelling of the civilian residential areas and the so-called “collateral damage” of the armed actions in the heavily-populated areas.
Also, 100,000 people were forcibly displaced in eastern Ukraine.
International Action Center statement:
In the aftermath of the horrific crash of a Malaysian Airlines civilian jet that killed 298 people on July 18 in the war zone of eastern Ukraine, the governments of the United States and European Union are cynically trying to exploit the incident for their own imperialist gains.
President Barack Obama has blamed Russia, claiming that the shoot down was the result of the civil war in Ukraine and asserting that Russia instigated the war. However, in reality, the war was caused by the aggressive policy of U.S. and EU imperialism.
In order to install a regime that would cater to International Monetary Fund dictates, force austerity on working-class Ukrainians, and bind Ukraine to NATO, the imperialist powers supported a d’état that relied on vicious, openly pro-fascist forces. The aggression from Kiev—including the bombing of southeastern cities, the killing of civilians and the forced exile of tens of thousands to Russia—makes the resistance of the people of Ukraine inevitable and completely justified.
The cause of the crash remains rooted in speculation as of now. However, it is highly unlikely that the popular resistance forces in Ukraine have weapons capable of shooting down a plane at the altitude, and it is clear that neither Russia nor the resistance have any motive in downing a passenger aircraft. There are also many questions surrounding the role of the U.S.-supported Kiev government’s rerouting of the civilian aircraft to a trajectory directly over the war zone.
In fact, the only one who could possibly gain from the shoot down are U.S. and EU imperialism, and they have wasted no time in attempting to manipulate the situation. Progressives in the U.S. and around the world must remain vigilant to the threat of increased aggression on the part of these warmongers.
We demand an independent inquiry into the cause of the plane shoot down. And we demand that the U.S. and EU end their bloody intervention in Ukraine.
Members of Voces de la Frontera, its youth arm Youth Empowered in the Struggle, and their allies confronted anti-immigrant racists at various locations in Milwaukee on July 18. Voces and YES called their counterprotests “Defend Refugee Children: Stop Anti-Immigrant Hate.”
Pro-immigrant demonstrators outnumbered anti-immigrant protesters 10-to-1 at opposing rallies outside the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia on July 18.
Chanting “The people united will never be defeated! El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!” a crowd of more than 100 people in Syracuse, N.Y., rallied July 18 to support migrant children. Their voices drowned out intermittent anti-immigrant shouts from about fifty right-wingers across the street.
Activists and community members gathered outside the Mexican Consulate in downtown San Diego on July 18 to tell racist anti-immigrant protesters they’ve got it all wrong. The same racists that in Murrieta, Calif., turned around buses that were carrying Central American refugees showed their ugly sentiment at the consulate.
By B. Mousa and M. Ismael
Damascus, SANA – A massive rally took place Friday in Damascus starting from the entrance of al-Hamidiyeh market towards the Umayyad Mosque marking the International al-Quds (Jerusalem) Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
The event was first initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in the face of the Zionist Israeli entity and its control of Jerusalem.
Popular figures and representatives of Palestinian and Syrian forces, factions and commissions took part in the rally, expressing support with the besieged people of the Gaza Strip who have been under barbaric Israel aggression for 19 consecutive days that has left over 815 Palestinians dead and more than 5220 wounded.
Member of the Regional Leadership of al-Baath Party, Head of Media and Culture Office, Khalaf al-Muftah said that the Palestinian people in Gaza are repelling bravely the Zionist aggression waged against them in cooperation and support from the enemies of the Arab nation and their tools in the region as the Gulf countries and Turkey.
“The aggression on Gaza was not the first and will not be the last because it reflects the criminal mentality of the Zionist entity,” al-Muftah said.
He considered the aggression on Gaza a genocide against the Palestinian people, condemning the West’s double standards regarding what is happening in the region.
For his part, Assistant Secretary General of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command Talal Naji said that al-Quds Day is for the Arab and Islamic people around the world, hailing the sacrifices of the Palestinian people in Gaza in confronting Zionist enemy which seeks to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
He also called on all free people around the world to support the Palestinian people against the brutal Israeli aggression amid the silence of the countries and organizations that claim protection of human rights.
The participants said that Syria will support resistance until it achieves freedom.
Statement of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, July 23, 2014.
At the plenary session of July 22, 2014, the Parliament of Ukraine, under brutal pressure from the speaker, adopted the Law “On Amendments to the Rules of Procedure of Ukraine”, signed the same night by the President of Ukraine P. Poroshenko. By frank admission of Mr. Turchynov, the changes made solely in order to dissolve the Communist Party of Ukraine faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, which will be done on July 25 this year after the publication of the law.
This act was another step by the Ukrainian authorities established after the coup of February 21 this year, on the way to destroying the remnants of democracy and rule of law in our country, and suppression of any opposition.
All fascist regimes begin with the ban of communist parties. Anti-Communist hysteria is always deployed when the bankruptcy of the regime becomes apparent in a country beset by social, political and other conflicts.
This is the time our Motherland is going through: A catastrophically deteriorating economy, millions of rejected people living at the brink of extinction; an ongoing fratricidal war, which has killed thousands of people, including women, children and the elderly; businesses, infrastructure and entire villages destroyed; hundreds of thousands of compatriots, which the state is unable to provide any protection from arbitrary violence, are forced to seek refuge, leaving their homes. As a result, the unprofessional authorities of Ukraine are the actual the threat posed to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of our country.
A new attack on the life of our disadvantaged people, after the signing of the EU Association Agreement, the Free Trade Area and the implementation of categorical requirements of the International Monetary Fund (increase in payment for gas, electricity tariffs for housing, transport and other services, rising prices, the abolition of privileges established by law and guarantees for socially disadvantaged groups), causes deep resentment in society and threatens a new powerful explosion of protest.
Under these conditions, the anti-democratic regime, supported by its neo-Nazi forces, encouraged by the West, stupidly and methodically carried out a premeditated plan of the destruction of the political arena of Ukraine and displacement of the main opposition force that consistently defends the interests of working people — the Communist Party.
The psychological and physical pressure, repression of party leaders and members, the destruction of the party’s central and regional committee offices, vandalism against monuments and commemorative symbols of prominent figures of the past and soldiers-liberators of WWII, the deployment of violent anti-communist hysteria, unfounded accusations of unconstitutional action by the party, the dissolution of the Communist Party faction in the Parliament of Ukraine — all are preparations to ban the party in the absence of any legal basis.
Administrative Court litigation against the Communist Party was started by the direct order of Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Turchynov, who had temporarily assumed the duties of the President of Ukraine and demanded to have the case heard “without delay.”
These actions are incompatible with the status of head of state, basic principles of democracy and law, and cause deep resentment in the progressive, democratic community, not only in Ukraine but also in many countries of Europe and the world.
All the evidence indicates that right-wing/nationalist regime decided to go to the end: banning the Communist Party, to remove it from participating in parliamentary elections, to prevent any left-wing opposition in the new Verkhovna Rada.
For implementation of these sinister plans, those in power used the vile treachery of a few renegades who left the faction and ran into the waiting arms of big capital and those unscrupulous MPs who for their selfish interests are willing to support any illegal actions.
For the Communist Party, once again comes the difficult times that require of party members courage, tenacity, cohesion, and new efforts to fight for our lofty ideals, the interests of the Motherland and our people.
Save the party, which already in 1991 was illegally banned!
We call on all progressive forces and workers to strongly oppose tyranny and lawlessness. Historical experience suggests that repression of the fascist regime is not limited to communists.
Defend democratic principles of public life!
Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite Israel’s terror campaign in Gaza that has killed over 800 people, mostly civilians.
Iranian state television footage showed hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating in the capital Tehran. They chanted “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” and carried pictures of Palestinian children killed in Gaza.
State media said “millions” of people joined the rallies nationwide in about 700 cities, which were called to mark Iran’s annual day of solidarity with Palestinians.
People condemned US support for Israel and burned US and Israeli flags. State television said they also criticized foreign governments, who they said had remained silent about Israel’s crimes against humanity.
"Raise your voice. Remaining silent means allowing the Zionist regime to continue genocide of Palestinians," said a statement read at the Jerusalem Day rally, broadcast live on state TV.
Madrid, Spain: Demonstration Against Fascism & Imperialism in Ukraine
'We support the anti-fascist resistance in Donbass'
Friday, July 25 - 19:30
In front of the U.S. Embassy, Calle Serrano, 106
The latest developments in Ukraine bear close attention.
This is not fully thought out, obviously, but some points to consider:
1. June-July - Igor Kolomoisky and allied oligarchs who fund Right Sector and other fascist groups set up fiefdom in Dnepropetrovsk in defiance of Poroshenko.
2. June-July - Alleged negotiations between some forces in Moscow, Denis Pushilin, and Dontesk oligarch Rinat Ahkmetov for a “compromise” that could undermine the Donetsk People’s Republic. It’s said this plan was scuttled by Strelkov’s successful withdrawal from Slavyansk in early July. (See http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/what-makes-strelkov-feel-melancholy.html )
3. July 17 - Downing of MH17 to escalate war crisis with Russia.
4. July 18 – Chair of the DNR Supreme Soviet Denis Pushilin announces resignation in Moscow.
5. July 22 – Turchinov (former interim president, now parliament speaker) and President Poroshenko move to speed up ban on Communist Party faction in parliament (attempt to appease the fascists and prevent a split?)
6. July 24 - Withdrawal of Svoboda and UDAR from the Kiev government.
7. July 24 - Resignation of Yatsenyuk, Washington’s hand-picked prime minister.
The backdrop to all of these developments is the growing economic crisis as the scissors of IMF/EU/US austerity and the end of cheap fuel on credit from Russia begins to close.
Along the same lines, Garon Archer writes: “Could the destabilization of Parliament, even an ultra-reactionary parliament, lead to the consolidation of power by one or a coalition of fascist parties (probably the one favored by NATO-bloc most) through direct military dictatorship? It seems that the tasks of the fascists so-far has been to dismantle and destroy all democratic institutions and oppositions, as expected. It would seem then that the natural conclusion of this would be total overthrow of bourgeois democracy. After considering all of that, one must question the real motive behind the split of the fascists in Parliament.”