Skip to comments.Before And After: Kievís Independence Square After Ukrainian Riots
Posted on 02/20/2014 6:37:11 PM PST by Pan_Yan
This striking composite photo from the riots in Ukraine helps put the extreme devastation occurring in Kiev right now into perspective. The lighter image on the left is of Independence Square in Kiev before the riots and the seemingly post-apocalyptic half of the image was taken in the same square by Olga Yakimovich for Reuters on Feb. 19th.
Looks like the EU is pushing the buttons...and they will do nothing for the Ukraine in the long run.
Why is it I feel as if the Ukraine is better off siding with Russia?
They're not. Western Ukrainians hate Russians. It's not even safe to speak Russian in much of the western part of Ukraine.
Thanks to the Holodomor, that would be like Israel agreeing to become a client state of Germany. Maybe I'm mistaken, but I suspect after an event like that, countries can agree to let bygones be bygones, but the relationship is irretrievably soured for a long time. The Hundred Years War, which took out half of the French population over its course, arguably resulted in centuries of bad blood, amounting to hatred at times, between France and Britain that only came to an end after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo.
The pillar in this picture is the center of where officials were seated for the November 6, 2013 celebration of the 70th anniversary of the eviction of the Germans in WWII.
If Germany had never been held to account for its war crimes. Communists were never tried for crimes against humanity after the Cold War the way NAZI's were tried at Neuremberg after WWII.
I'll be honest, even though this has been brewing as a major story for a while now I haven't kept up with it the way I should. It looks like lots of outside people have decided what's best for Ukraine and poured resources into making this some kind of proxy fight where no one is going to win.
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