Ukraine: In potentially decisive development, joint patrols of steelworkers and police restore order in Mariupol, other cities

In a potentially decisive development, joint patrols of steelworkers and police restoredorder in Mariupol, wresting control from pro-Russian “separatist” forces. The organization of similar patrols by miners and steelworkers in Donetsk and other cities is reportedly underway.

See Andrew E. Kramer, “Workers Seize City in Eastern Ukraine From Separatists,”
New York Times, May 15, 2014 (May 16, 2014 print edition).

The workers who took to the streets on Thursday were among the hundreds of thousands in the east who are employed in metals and mining by Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, who only recently went beyond paying lip service to Ukrainian unity and on Wednesday issued a statement rejecting separatism.

On recent eventd in Mariupol, see also

MARÍA ANTONIA SÁNCHEZ-VALLEJO (ENVIADA ESPECIAL / Mariúpol), “Los oligarcas mantienen el poder real; Trabajadores de empresas del uno de los principales magnates ucranio patrullan Mariúpol; La ciudad sufrió los peores choques entre prorrusos y el Ejército el pasado 9 de mayo,” El Pais, 12 MAY 2014 (21:06 CET).

Konrad Schuller (Mariupol),”Ruhe in der Ostukraine: Das Machtwort des Oligarchen In Mariupol gab es noch am Wochenende blutige Gefechte;Doch auf einmal herrscht Ruhe; Offenbar hat der Oligarch Rinat Achmetow seiner Tatenlosigkeit ein Ende gesetzt – und ein Machtwort gesprochen,” Frankfurter Allgemeine, 15.05.2014.

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