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Some history…

And a reminder Russia is once again occupying Crimea and committing acts of ethnic cleansing against the Tatars.

Stalin and Moscow's ethnic cleansing of Crimeaon Tatars 18th May 1944

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The world is almost okay again.

What I am sure most of you are unaware of is that the moment Ukraine named a Crimean Tatar singer as their Eurovision entry, Russia applied to have Ukraine banned from the song contest.

Ukraine didn’t even enter after Russia invaded, and that year, Russia nearly won. Ukrainians were being massacred, and Europeans were voting for the people responsible for it!

So this win is a Major, MAJOR win against Vladimir Putin’s propaganda campaign and ongoing invasion.

Also funny that if the runner-up had won, next year Eurovision would have been hosted in my hometown, Canberra! (Unless there’s some rule the competition cannot leave Europe.)

Why did anyone vote for Australia? We have no business being in the contest!

However, it makes me sick to my stomach that Russia came close to winning – for the second year in a row. People who voted for Russia: do you remember these words: Georgia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Moldova, Syria, gay rights, human rights? Obviously not.

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War Victims

A display of some of the Ukrainian soldiers killed in the Russian invasion. It is in front of St Michael’s in Kyiv. It is out of date, and newer victims have been added in temporary memorials as the war continues.

In one month alone, 684 Ukrainian soldiers were killed, and that doesn’t include all the civilian deaths.

And yet in the coming days, the world will get worked up about the Russian entry in Eurovision, vote for them, and not care about human lives, or rights.

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In Kyiv

We flew into Ukraine’s capital city this morning  and visited the main square for the first time since the revolution (the square where there were the burning tyres, and had the drums, and then all the demonstrators were being shot by the pro-Russian authorities).

We are now in a Crimean cafe on the square, one we have visitied plenty of times in the past. They are flying Ukrainian and Crimean flags together; the Crimean Tatars don’t want to be ruled by Russia!

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A couple of things to keep in mind this weekend…

I know people who are continuing to book holidays in Russia. Take a look at these things and ask yourself how you can have ANY morals and continue financially contributing to Putin’s Russia…

The bodies of 500 civilians have been found in the cellars of residential buildings in Debaltseve, Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as of the 6th of March

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Goodbye 2014

Some of my favourites from 2014.

Canberra Australia Sunset 9th January 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksna Heaney

Hot Canberra Australia Evening Sky Sunset Mountains Brindabella Ranges 15th January 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia 17th January 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Canberra Australia Sunset Red Sky 21st January 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Canberra Australia Sunset 24th January 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Luna Park St Kilda Melbourne Australia 13th March 2013 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Pro-Ukrainian Anti-Russian invasion protest Canberra Australia 5th March 2014 2

Canberra Australia View 20th February 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Lake Geroge near Canberra Australia 13th April 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Colours of Autumn in Canberra Australia 17th April 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 1

Autumn Canberra Australia 12th May 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 2

Ice Skating in Canberra Australia 21st June 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Canberra Australia Sunset 16th December 2012 Sonya Heaney

Canberra Australia Lake Burley Griffin National Carillon Sonya Heaney Michael Heaney May 2014

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unset Canberra Australia 2nd September 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Sunset Canberra Australia Halloween 31st October 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

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

Spring Sunset Tuggeranong Canberra Australia 24th October 2014 Sonya Heaney 1

Sunset Canberra Australia 15th October 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney 2

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Hong Kong Airport Sunset 11th October 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana heaney

Kittens Queanbeyan Australia 25th November 2014 Sonya Heaney oksana Heaney

Socks Kitten Queanbeyan Australia 22nd November 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Sydney Harbour Bridge at Night 15th November 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Sunset Tuggernanong Canberra 5th December 2014 Sonya Heaney

Sunday Morning The Rocks Sydney Australia 7th December 2014 Sonya Heaney

Sunset Canberra Australia December 2014 Sonya Heaney Christopher Heaney

Sunset Queanbeyan Australia 14th December 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

Christmas Lights Canberra Australia World Record 20th December 2014 Sonya Heaney Oksana Heaney

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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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