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Preparing for Ukrainian Christmas

Ukrainian Christmas Eve is tomorrow, even though we’re not Orthodox, and that’s when we have our big celebration (and our twelve-dish dinner!).

We have made eighty-four of these dumplings – varenyky – so far (they’re uncooked in this picture), and will be making at least a hundred more. And that’s just one dish!

What a busy few – hot – days!

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So…

Another year of Russian aggression, and another year our Christmas cards to relatives cannot reach the warzone where Russia is still invading Ukraine (not that it makes the news anymore!).

I can’t even begin to explain how angry I am with everyone declaring 2016 the “Worst Year Ever” just because of Brexit and Trump. There’re TWO MILLION Ukrainian refugees (while countries like Germany – European countries – take in so many Middle Eastern refugees, they will not help Ukrainians).

Several of my Ukrainian family members have died since Putin invaded, but nobody could care less about Russian aggression until it was Britain and America who suffered.

Personally, I think of 2016 as the year of selfishness. It’s only the “Worst” year if you usually just watch reality TV.

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Independence Day

Happy Ukrainian Independence Day. Sort of an ironic day to commemorate now…

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

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Flag Day

Today is Ukraine’s Flag Day. Perhaps a more important day now than ever.

This is a shot from Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv back in 2011, before the revolution and the Russian invasion.

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In the air…

A picture from the sky this morning. We flew from Kyiv, Ukraine to Milan in Italy. The window was a little dirty, but I tried my best!

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Revolution in Ukraine

Today we walked up the street where so, so many Ukrainians were shot during the revolution. I cannot get a decent picture on my tablet, but here are some of the memorials with the famous shields the demonstrators used. Notice that one has door handles on it. The Kremlin propaganda claimed the Americans were arming the Ukrainians. With THAT?

Not much defence against snipers!

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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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