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慘iev - Maidan and the longing for freedom


Apparently it抯 not clear to everyone whether or not smileys can be given for my recently shown pictures from Ukraine.
With these somewhat older photos I want to show how beautiful Ukraine is and at the same time to denounce the Russian aggression.
I can only speak for myself. But with the events in the next paragraph in mind, I do NOT wish to collect smileys with the suffering of the Ukrainian people.
If others have a different opinion about the smileys, I respect it. I check first if their note says anything about it and if not, I will do as the majority of the comments do.

The Ukrainian people are heroically resisting but meanwhile, Russia is beginning to ramp up violence.
The second largest city in the country, Kharkov was bombarded with cruise missiles. There has been a lot of destruction in the center of the city. Civilians are killed.
A similar situation in Mariupol.
In Kiev, the television tower was bombed and a 60 km long Russian convoy of army vehicles and tanks is en route to the capital.
According to the United Nations, there are already 677.000 Ukrainians on the run.
The Russian army is accused of war crimes while their foreign minister, Lavrov, gave a nonsensical speech at the United Nations Human Rights Council that his country must defend itself because Ukraine would be able to develop nuclear weapons with its former Soviet technology However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine gave all its nuclear weapons to Russia.

My photos won't change anything, but I refuse to pretend that a military superpower can afford this.

I recently showed a similar picture in a WS (and another one years ago).
You see the famous square Maidan Nezalezhnosti or simply Maidan in Kiev.
The building on the right behind the canvas is the Trade Unions Building (or Budynok Profspilok).
In february 2014 it was occupied by protesters and became their political center. However in those difficult times it burnt down.
In 2017 (when I visited Kiev) it was under restoration and for the large canvas the words 慒reedom is our religion were chosen together with a broken chain. On the other side of the building the same words in Ukrainian language.

On recent TV pictures I saw that the restoration was completely over (probably long ago).
Hopefully it won't fall prey to the Russian war.
And of course the life of the Ukrainian people is even more important.

With all these events, it turns out Putin still has three foreign heads of state as friends.
Of course Lukashenko who oppresses his own people in Belarus, Bashar al-Assad who murdered masses of people in Syria and Bolsonaro, the joker in Brazil who still mourns that his crazy friend Trump is no longer president.

BTW, does anyone know an answer to this?
I抳e heard several times that some 12.000 Chechens have gone to Ukraine to support the Russian army.
Each time no further explanation was given.
However, I remember years ago in Chechnya there was a very violent war with the Russian Federation.
In 2003, the United Nations called Grozny, the capital, the "most destroyed city on earth."
I remember TV pictures of Grozny that reminded me of Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War.
Does anyone know why those Chechens now want to fight with the Russians???

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6912 W: 24 N: 16235] (63580)
  • Genre: 风景
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2017-07-12
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-03-01 10:20
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