I am sorry to bring such topics as war and politics down here, but I'm sort of needing to speak with people from other countries on this topic. It could also be quite informative to you.
I live in Russia, but near Eastern Ukraine and know a number of people from it (that's my birthplace after all), even relatives on both side of front lines (been peaceful people). Some of them now live under everyday shelling, some other are refugees (including a fellow Moodle teacher from Lughansk university and some students I now teaching because their university is under artillery fire). And that in a perfectly peaceful region not knowing war since WW2.
I could read Russian, Ukrainian and English language so I could read reports from both side of confilct and a western press too. So been interested (not every year you can look at the revolution and civil war development not from press or biased history lessons or memoirs - but from raw reports from the ground) I eventually get a lot of facts about how it started and what's going on.
I also read from time to time sites of USA and UK journals (sorry, I coudn't read in French or Germany, nothing personal), so I know toa degree what was reported there and what was omitted. One thing I don't have extensive knowledge of is famous "Putin propaganda" - been apolitical person I don't look/read our own media on a regular basis. My knowledge come from sources on both side of the frontier in Eastern Ukrain, not from the media.
Now all this lead to some thinking and conclusions on my part (besides real feeling we are not safe from a war too). Now I need to discuss them with people from other countries, to reach eventual conclusions to myself and to help world know of the plight of these people. It is possible I missed or miscalculated some major information, so I would hear reasons people who do not agree with me - just try make this positive discussion, no holywar. And you could get many useful information too.
There are many topics on the theme (starting from March 2014), each will take some time to write upon, so feel free to ask me about these you want to hear first
- Crimean peninsula changing hands
- Odessa Trade Union building fire
- Mariupol clashes on 9 May
- How eastern ukrainian rebels come to blows with kiev government forces
- Malaysian airplane crash
- position of human rights organisations and mainstream western media and governments (or who is humans and entitled to human rights de facto)
- ultra-right wing in ukraine policy
- why russians feel endangered (or, citing usa press are "paranoid nationalists")
- fate of russian people in ex-ussr states
- which side I personally sympathise and why?
- some other information?
I will make a separate posts for huge events,Well, now you could say to me you don't need such dark topics there or whatever. Or talk to me. It is not easy to become accustomed that you country may end up in war and place where you live may be bombed while previously believing you are live in a safe place (hey, less than a year ago there was trolleybus blast near my home on the line I routinely use to get to work, and that not get me think the place is unsafe). A talk with people from countries we can well end up fighting with is especially welcome (without been rude), we may still try to understand each other.