‘Behind the Red Line’ highlights human suffering of U.S.-backed war

The following is an International Action Center news release of Sept. 4.

A dramatic exhibit of 40 photos by Russian and Ukrainian journalists showcasing the destruction and human suffering caused by the U.S.-backed war in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region opens in New York City on Thursday, Sept. 4.

The touring exhibit, entitled “Ukraine: Behind the Red Line,” will be featured at a public event at Manhattan’s Solidarity Center on that date from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Center is located at 147 W. 24th St., 2nd floor, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.

“As Washington and NATO continue to engage in provocative Cold War rhetoric, falsely blaming Russia for the civil war in Ukraine, this exhibit provides a timely antidote to the myths spread by major U.S. media,” said International Action Center activist Greg Butterfield.

“U.S. officials have portrayed the coup regime that came to power in Kiev, Ukraine, early this year as a beacon of democracy. These photos document a very different reality,” asserted Butterfield.

“War crimes are being committed daily by the Kiev government against its own citizens, with funding and political support from Washington,”

Butterfield charged. “People in the Donbass region and throughout Ukraine are resisting a far-right regime — which includes openly pro-Nazi elements — dedicated to austerity and NATO expansion to Russia’s border.”

“Before we are dragged into a dangerous confrontation with Russia, poor and working people in the U.S. need to understand what our taxes are really paying for in Ukraine,” concluded Sara Flounders, an IAC co-coordinator.

The exhibit was assembled by Rossiya Segodnya, a multimedia information agency. The tour is co-sponsored by the International Action Center and the United National Antiwar Coalition. After New York, the tour will move on to Albany, N.Y.; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Tucson, Ariz.; and Los Angeles.