|Ukrainian police guarding the Crimean Parliament building.( Photograph: the guardian )|
It's been one week since I last mentioned Ukraine in a post here, and frankly I am overwhelmed at the prospect of reducing all of the complex happenings there in the last week, and reporting to you as much as I know, without giving as much import to these happenings as they deserve.
First of all, in most places in Ukraine, due to the civil and not so civil unrest, shops are closed. So, it could be exceedingly difficult right now to buy food, medicine, or something you find you need for a baby, child, or person who has become sick or injured in the past week. Please know that all of you are in our prayers, and that people in the US are praying for your safety and your delivery from these complex challenges.
The US does propagandize a percentage of the news which is shown here, particularly when it's international news. Viktor Yanukovych, whom I mentioned in the last post, has fled Ukraine and gone to Russia with his family citing personal danger. He still claims to be rightful leader. Ukraine's Parliament has issued warrants for his arrest for the murder of protesters. Meanwhile, Ukraine's Parliament has gone about forming a new government.Ukraine has a new acting president Oleksandr Turchynov. This looks good overall, but then there was additional news.
Crimea, a section of Ukraine has a great many ethnic Russians. In the tensions which have emerged this week, some of them have been shouting, "Crimea is Russia !" In addition, Russia has mobilized armed fighters, helicopters, and ships and sent them to Ukraine. Mr. Putin's official word is that "These are routine exercises" and he has also said that Russian troops are there in order to calm tensions in the region. However, armed Russian soldiers have taken over two airports in Crimea. Of course, all of this sounds reminiscent of Russia's occupation of Georgia some six years ago where they said they weren't there, and continued to take ground and destroy buildings.
My interest is that families remain safe during whatever transitions occur there. May Ukrainians stay safe and retain their sovereign borders. As I watch instability and civil unrest in Ukraine, I can't help but wonder how long it will be before civil unrest comes to the United States, the result of potentially economic collapse, or perhaps the continued loss of our freedoms by our present executive branch, without adequate pushback from our legislative or judicial branches. I have friends that are both Ukrainian and Russian, and I wish all of you to be safe. Best wishes, Ukrainian families who are in turmoil, please stay safe.