Internationalist Voices on Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has become a divisive issues in the Green Party and the broader left. On his Green Socialist Notes podcast, Howie Hawkins has brought a number of Ukrainian/Russian socialist organizers to discuss a range of issues regarding the war and an internationalist perspective that supports the Ukrainian struggle against the Russian invasion. Since the beginning of the conflict, Howie has sought out connections and communication with leftists native to the regions of the conflict. These inside perspectives have helped drive Howie’s advocacy for an internationalist approach that supports the rights of Ukrainians to defend themselves and their nation against invasion.

The following videos are a collection of Howie’s interviews with Ukrainian and Russian socialists.

Yuliya Yurchenko

Ukrainian Socialist
Sotsialniy Rukh (Social Movement)


Yuliya Yurchenko is a Ukranian socialist and political economist.

Denys Bondar

Ukrainian Socialist
Sotsialniy Rukh (Social Movement)


Dr. Denys Bondar is a Ukrainian activist and physicist with Sotsialniy Rukh (Social Movement).

Yuliya Yurchenko

Ukrainian Socialist
Sotsialniy Rukh (Social Movement)


Yuliya Yurchenko is a Ukranian socialist and political economist.

Svitlana Romanko

Ukrainian Environmental Activist
Razom We Stand


Svitlana Romanko is a Ukrainian climate activist who was the leader in Ukraine pre-war and now runs Razom We Stand, which is focused on promoting fossil fuel sanctions against Russia and a green transition in Ukraine in post-war reconstruction.

Ilya Budraitskis

Russian Socialist


Socialist Ilya Budraitskis is an exiled Russian socialist and anti-war activist.

Hanna Perekhoda

Ukrainian Socialist
Sotsialnyi Rukh (Social Movement)


Hannah Perekoda is a Ukrainian socialist and historian and member of Sotsialnyi rukh (Social Movement) from Donetsk, Ukraine.

Green Socialist Perspectives on Ukraine

Howie Hawkins
Margaret Kimerley
Matthew Hoh


Panel discussion on Green Socialist perspectives on the war in Ukraine. Panelists discuss key foundational ideas, the lead up and the current conflict, and the potential futures of Ukraine.

Writings from Our Guests

Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins, Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal, Jan. 28, 2023, “The anti-imperialist position is to support the national liberation struggle of the Ukrainian people,”

Howie Hawkins, Agaisnt the Current, July 5, 2023, “The Green Party Debates Ukraine,”

Hawkins, Howie, “Pricey Propaganda Against Ukraine Solidarity,” Tempest, July 2, 2023

Hawkins, Howie, “US ecosocialist: ‘Support Ukraine against Russia’s military imperialism and the West’s economic imperialism’,” Green Left, Feb. 2, 2023

Yulia Yurchenko

Yurchenko, Yulia; Vladyslav Starodubtsev; Kirill Medvedev; Kavita Krishnan, “Russia Out! Solidarity with the Ukrainian Resistance,” Feb. 25, 2023

Yurchenko, Yuliya, “Credit won’t work: Why Ukraine’s state debt must be cancelled,” Commons, April 28, 2023

Yurchenko, Yuliya, Democratic socialism or barbarism,” European Journal of Social Theory, May 17, 2023

Yurchenko, Yuliya, Fighting for Ukrainian Self-Determination,” Spectre, April 11, 2022

Yurchenko, Yuliya, From Ukraine’s independence to Russia’s invasion,” Green Left, Feb. 3, 2023

Yurchenko, Yuliya; Eric Toussaint; and Sushovan Dhar, “Resisting the Shock Doctrine: Ukraine, Debt, and Reconstruction” (video), May 11, 2023, and text in Tempest, July 11, 2023

Yurchenko, Yuliya; Oksana Dutchak; Wonda Powell; Sasha Talaver; and Frieda Afary, “How Can Feminist Solidarity Help Ukraine?” webinar, May 10, 2022

Yuliya Yurchenko, “Weapons to fight for peace,” Chartist, Aug. 8, 2023,

Denys Bondar

Denys Bondar and Zakhar Popovych, Sotsialnyi Rukh (Social Movement), “The Left View on the Prospects for Peace Negotiations,”

Solar energy collaboration,

Ukrainian and other European Leftists, “Support Ukrainian Resistance and Disempower Fossil Capital,”

Sotsialnyi Rukh, Oct. 10, 2022, “Resolution: The War and the Future of Ukraine and the Left Movement,”

Svitlana Romanko

Svitlana Romanko, “The War on My Homeland Offers a Real Chance to Save the Planet,” The Nation, May 26, 2022,

Svitlana Romanko, “Ukraine reconstruction must steer clear of energies that allowed Putin to thrive,” Euroactiv, Oct. 24, 2022,

Svitlana Romanko, Democracy Now!, “‘Fossil Fuels Fund Dictatorships’: Ukrainian Climate Activist Suspended at COP27 over Russia Protest,” Nov. 18, 2022,

Svitlana Romanko, The Independent (UK), “Ukraine’s leading campaigner against Russian fossil fuels refused entry to top US energy conference,” March 10, 2024,

Ilya Budraitskis

Ilya Budraitskis, “Russian Progressives and Antiwar Forces May Find Opening in Wake of Failed Coup,” Truthout, July 2, 2023,

Ilya Budraitskis, “This regime is not subject to evolution,” Meduza, April 17, 2023,

Ilya Budraitskis, “Remember the Russians Who Fought Against Putin’s War,” Jacobin, January 22, 2023,

Ilya Budraitskis, “Call for Solidarity Actions with Anti-war Activists in Russia,” CounterPunch, January 5, 2023,

Ilya Budraitskis, “Putinism: A New Form of Fascism?“ Spectre, October 27, 2022,

Ilya Budraitskis, “Dissidents among Dissidents: Ideology, Politics and the Left in Post-Soviet Russia” (Verso, 2022),

Ilya Budraitskis, Posle (After), leftwing antiwar Russian publication, 

Hanna Perekoda

Hanna Perekhoda, “Freedom and Social Identity in the Donbas,” OpenLeft, August 11, 2014, 

Hanna Perekhoda, “Peace in Donbas ‘requires the complete withdrawal of Russian armed forces’,” Green Left, Nov. 15, 2022, 

Hanna Perekhoda, “Why Are Russians Still So Imperialistic,” Zabrona, Dec. 15, 2022, 

Hanna Perekhoda, “Ukraine’s workers are fighting an internal threat, too. They need support,” Open Democracy, April 30, 2023,

Hanna Perekhoda, “Ukraine and Its Language in the Political Imagination of the Russian Nation and Empire,” New Politics, Oct. 6, 2022,