January 2015. Temperature…-16C. Conditions….windy, snow and blowing snow. Location…..Luhanska Oblast. Two members of Armiya SOS Canada ( Sviatoslav Foyak and Dr. Richard Hareychuk) visit three subdivisions of men dedicated to defending the territorial integrity of Ukraine. They are dedicated and united in their fight against the Moscow-backed terrorists.
Despite the conditions that they find themselves in, despite the isolation, despite the danger, they are proud to serve their country. They are always happy to see volunteers. They are especially happy to see us, from Canada. They receive the supplies that we have brought them, with gratitude. They don’t ask us to come to fight. They don’t ask us to risk our lives. They simply ask us not to forget them, and to support Armiya SOS. It really is a matter of life and death.
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President Petro Poroshenko is ready to hike Ukraine military spending and prepares country to undergo further mobilization in 2015.
Winter is coming. So are Ukraine’s refugees. AN article by Leonid Ragozin for BloombergBusinessweek.
A real estate developer from Kharkiv (Ukraine’s 2nd largest city), Volodymir Rozhkov, two years ago bought a long-abandoned children’s camp. He intended to redevelop it into a recreational area with a cafe. This was before the war. Many people started fleeing the war zone, either to un-occupied parts of Ukraine or to Russia, depending on their political leanings or family ties. By estimation of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about 490,000 Ukrainians have registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine. Almost the same number 430,000 is reported ,to seek asylum or other forms of legal status in Russia.
490,000 Ukrainians have registered as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Ukraine and more are expected.
Stepan Poltorak, the defense minister of Ukraine, took a polygraph test along with nine other officials on Nov. 18. The test was conducted before a meeting between the president, Poltorak and a group of leaders from volunteer organizations who help maintain the Ukrainian military. The volunteer leaders are in charge of helping maintain the clothing, food and medical system for the Defense Ministry.
In late 2013, English photographer Christopher Nunn found himself in a small town in Ukraine, alone and unable to speak the language, just as the crisis in Crimea was starting to foment.
Christopher NunnBudenovsky region, Donetsk, May 2014
Russia has called for “a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining NATO,” President Vladimir Хуйло’s spokesman has told the BBC.
Excessive demands: BBC reported that Kremlin demands guarantees from NATO regarding Ukraine
Vladimir Putin’s chief spokesperson has said the West’s response over the Ukraine crisis makes them “feel fear” and so they have taken “methods of precaution”.
Dmitry Peskov said that Russia would like to receive a guarantee that Ukraine will not join Nato, as they are fearful of the Nato-affiliated countries on their borders.
President Putin accused the US of trying to subdue Russia, but gave assurances this would never happen.