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.
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 It is out of date, and newer victims have been added in temporary memorials as the war continues.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.
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!
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
Filed under Travel, Ukraine
Some of my favourites from 2014.
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.
I don’t know what is sadder: that Russia is doing this, or that in 2014 – with so much information at their fingertips – so many Russians are silly enough to believe it.
Top 20 lies about Ukraine in the Russian media.