Ukraine is not Russia!

Here is a picture of us protesting at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia just after Russia invaded Crimea. In this picture you can see me, my two Ukrainian aunts and my (over ninety) grandmother. Beside me (but you can’t see) is a group of Crimean Tatars, protesting that Crimea is Ukraine, not Russia.

Here is a picture of us protesting at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia just after Russia invaded Crimea.

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Canberra sunset this evening…

Not as spectacular as Canberra sunsets usually are, but very pretty all the same!

Tuggerananong Canberra Australia Sunset 28th October 2014 Sonya Heaney 2

Tuggerananong Canberra Australia Sunset 28th October 2014 Sonya Heaney 1

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Photos: A crazy 36 hours with the man who started Ukraine’s revolution

Originally posted on Quartz:

Editor’s note: Mustafa Nayem is a 33-year-old Afghan-born Ukrainian and one of the country’s most popular bloggers and journalists. A Facebook post he published on November 21, 2013, is credited with kicking off the protests in the Maidan, the central square of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, that led to the ousting of president Viktor Yanukovych three months later. The party loyal to the new president, Petro Poroshenko, gave Nayem a spot high up on its list, guaranteeing his election to the Rada in the parliamentary election held yesterday (Oct. 26).

With his seat more or less assured, Nayem and two other journalists-turned-politicians, Sergey Leschenko and Svitlana Zalishchuk, decided to investigate allegations of vote-buying in an electoral district in central Ukraine. (Some seats in the Rada are filled by district voting, and some, like Nayem’s, from party lists.) Photographer Misha Friedman tagged along for what proved to be a rather more eventful election weekend than any of them had anticipated.—Gideon Lichfield

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On the morning…

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Crimson rosella in Canberra

We have crimson rosellas everywhere in Canberra, but this one hung around for ages, singing at us on Friday evening. It was too cloudy to see the brilliant colours properly, but they’re gorgeous creatures.

Crimson Rosella Dusk Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Spring 24th October 2014 Sonya Heaney

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Canberra on the Weekend

Driving up to Parliament House on Saturday. Not the best shot, but we were in a moving car!

Parliament House Canberra Australia Saturday 25th October 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

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Ukrainian cars ready to protest at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia today.

Слава Україні!

2014-10-26_09_41_04Ukrainian cars ready to protest at the Russian embassy in Canberra, Australia today. Слава Україні!

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Canberra Sunset

Here’s another picture from last night’s sunset.

Tuggeranong Canberra Australia Sunset Spring 24th October 2014 Sonya Heaney

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