|Rumours of a big new offensive by the Ukraine army against the anti-fascist People's Republics in eastern Ukraine have been rife for weeks, while the daily bombardment and sniper attacks continue daily.
The attacks and ongoing war are recorded by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe mission in Ukraine, but totally ignored across the Western media.
On September 2 Alexander Zakharchenko, prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, died in an explosion in a restaurant in Donetsk city, the latest in a string of assassinations.
According to the DPR authorities, the terrorist act was carried out by Security Service of Ukraine operatives trained by the US and NATO.
As new information shows that the fascist dictatorship in Ukraine is far worse than previously realised, and the Minsk peace process is blocked by Kiev and its US masters, calls are growing for the Donbas republics to become part of the Russian Federation.
This would at last bring about peace in the Donbas, but the leave the rest of Ukraine languishing under brutal fascist repression.
10-15,000 people, mainly civilians, have already died in the war, and men, women and children in the Donbas are still being killed or injured daily.
The war started with Kiev‘s massive “Anti-Terrorist Operation” to crush the anti-fascist resistance in the Donbass against the US-backed February 22 2014 “Maidan” coup. That operation was announced by Ukraine's acting president Aleksandr Turchinov one week after a visit to Kiev by CIA chief John Brennan.
We recognise that without Russia’s humanitarian support the Donbas republics may well not have survived four years of war and blockade. This assistance has included giving refuge to thousands of children from the Donbas including breaks in holiday camps.
We must continue to build solidarity with the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics and all anti-fascists in Ukraine, and to defend whatever measures Russia takes to support and defend the Donbass.
Meanwhile the British government continues to support the illegal fascist-backed Poroshenko regime in Kiev, including sending military personnel to train Ukrainian armed forces troops.
We do not agree with the then foreign secretary William Hague, who told parliament in 2014 that the regime change on Ukraine was legal.
We call on the British government to end all support for the current government in Kiev, and to back a peaceful negotiated end the war in Ukraine.