Ukraine’s freedom: waiting Putin in Crimea

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In Ukraine, after victory over Yanukovych, we have some premonition or, at least some hope, that if Putin is crazy enough to attack Ukraine, it will bring the collapse to the greatest totalitarian zombie-regime of this time.

My dear friends, it’s late evening in Ukraine now, and the ontology of all post-Soviet totalitarian regimes is the same – all the evil (no matter is it named “putin”, “yanukovych” or anything else) does it’s dirty stuff at dark. Hope and pray, we all have a non-violent night.

Couple hours ago the Russians have brought more troops into Crimea and it looks like they are going to bring some new heavy tanks in. Yanukovych has officially asked Putin for invasion of Russian troops into Ukraine

Their number in Crimea is now estimated around 16 000 – it is 6k more, than the existing treaty allows Russian Federation to keep  in Crimea. More and more Ukrainian army units report armed provocations on peninsula. Russian ships are also trying to block Ukrainian coastal guard corvettes from escaping into the sea from Crimea.

There are lots of both – evidence and rumors of Russian army moving near land borders with Ukraine.

I still hope Putin is sane and it’s just a series of provocations to destabilize new government in Ukraine. If he wanted to strike, he’d have done it already in Pearl-Harbor style while Ukrainian Army was unprepared – Russians know how to do it – Soviet army did pretty effective  reconkista of Ukraine 70 years ago. But Ukrainians are ready to fight. Getting rid of Yanukovych we’ve found out that we are much stronger when’ve thought just two weeks ago, and now many people feel there is enough won to die for it. Ukrainian anthem says: “we’ll sacrifice soul and body for our freedom” and Maidan has shown that there’s much more in it than just words.

Ukrainian command in Crimea does really have the nerves of steel – although it’s their right to do it, they still haven’t fired a single shot – because it’s just what Putin wants to. To make his movie of “nazis attacking Russians” he’ll probably have to make massacre of his own troops, just like Yanukovych did couple weeks ago. (more…)

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Revolution and Religion: 12 best images from Euromaidan

Connections between religion and society in Ukraine worked really good during the times of  Cossacks. Russian Empire and then the USSR did their best to tear those connections up. They’ve failed and now Euromaidan shows first sign’s of ancient church’s functions return, and the society’s acceptance of it. Most Ukrainian churches have clearly supported Maidan, and its quest for justice and the idea of ​​non-violent protest to bring changes into society.

+уніан 11 грудня Revolution and Religion: 12 best images from Euromaidan

1.Hand with a cross on the frontier between barricade defenders and riot police. This is the most famous photo that has become a symbol of resistance Euromaidan’s resistance and it’s support by traditional religious institutions.

 

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