The Russian Invasion and the Ukrainian Left


The Russian Invasion and the Ukrainian Left

The Struggle for a Social Ukraine

Commons Journal 13/2023
Issue Editor: Stas Serhiienko

ISBN 978-0-902869-48-6 (print)
RRP: £10, US$15, AU$20 (print)
90 pages; 210x280mm.

Publication date: November 2023

Profits from the sales of this journal will go to fundraising initiatives for humanitarian relief and support of leftist and trade-unionist soldiers


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The Commons Journal

The Commons journal of social criticism is a left-wing Ukrainian media about economy, politics, history and culture, founded in 2009.

What distinguishes us from other Ukrainian media is the attention to the structural causes of social problems and materialist optics. The editorial board shares egalitarian and anti-capitalist views. That is why in our publications we discuss how to change society so that there is no room for exploitation, inequality and discrimination.

Our editorial office

Editorial team: Oksana Dutchak (socioligist, Kyiv), Oleksandr Kravchuk (economist, Kyiv, died in 2023), Alona Liasheva (sociologist, Lviv)

Editorial board: Taras Bilous (historian, Kyiv), Denys Gorbach (sociologist, Paris), Denys Pilash (political scientist, Kyiv), Anastasia Ryabchuk (sociologist, Kyiv), Stas Serhiienko (historian, Berlin), Vyacheslav Tsyba (philosopher, Kyiv), Natalia Lomonosova (sociologist, Kyiv)


  1. Contents
  • Editorial Foreword
  • Interview with Commons: A Ukrainian Left-Wing Collective Intellectual
  1. To the Western Left
  • A Letter to the Western Left from Kyiv, Taras Bilous
  • Ten Terrible Leftist Arguments against Ukrainian Resistance, Oksana Dutchak
  • The Right to Resist: A Feminist Manifesto, The Feminist Initiative Group
  • The War in Ukraine, International Security, and the Left, Taras Bilous
  1. Between Survival and Resistance
  • Resistance and Solidarity: The Left Volunteer Movement in the Russo-Ukrainian War, Vladyslav Starodubtsev
  • We Must Fight for the Future of Ukrainian Education, Interview with the Priama Diia (the Direct Action) student union
  • Experiences That Should Have Never Happened Again: How Ukrainians Survive the War, Alona Liasheva
  • Six Cats, Thirty People, Four Mortar Shells. Two Weeks in the Occupied Kyiv Suburb, Evheny Osievsky
  • Destruction of Signs, Signs of Destruction, Volodymyr Artiukh
  • Together We Stand: Enforced Single Motherhood and Ukrainian Refugees’ Care Networks, Oksana Dutchak
  • 52 Apartments for Internally Displaced People: The Gap between Housing Policy and the Shocks of War, Alona Liasheva
  • The Far Right in Ukraine, Interview with Taras Bilous
  1. For a Just Reconstruction
  • To Help Ukraine, Cancel Its Foreign Debt, Interview with Oleksandr Kravchuk
  • Ukrainian Economy and Society: Whither the (Postwar) Country?, Yuliya Yurchenko
  • Principles for Ukraine’s Post-war Reconstruction in the Energy System. Workers and Social Movements Approach, Simon Pirani
  • Together in Trouble: Social Policy for a Just Reconstruction in Ukraine

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