Ukraine is a tale of two generation attempting to assert itself on the world stage without too much success due in large part to its tin horn oligarchs and elected governmental officials who have on purpose left out its people in the equation.
For twenty years they have been promised a better life that always seems to be just beyond reach while those in power continue to flourish because of all the mechanisms that have been purposely incorporated to retain the status quo of its communist past where the people were merely a resource to be exploited, thus creating a dysfunctional society that continues to lack cohesion, identity of what it really means to be free and responsible for their own destiny.
I lived in Ukraine for 7 years and still refer to it as home. It is a magical place where life is good. A place of possibilities, only IF…
Since independence, millions of people have left Ukraine looking for a better life. This outward migration has created a much smaller population than when independence was declared in 1991.
I have lived in Ukraine three different presidents. I was there when the Orange Revolution occurred and failed to deliver on their promises, leaving many totally alienated from their government, to the rise of the Party of Regions’ Blue Revolution of reprisals and corruption.
A good friend of mine told me the following story a few days ago: “Hi Randy, here is a photo I made with my phone while walking with my dog today in the afternoon. The fence appeared suddenly on Friday (or may be on Thursday – can’t remember exactly which day). It wasn’t there in the morning, but was installed by noon.
Behind the new 2 meter high, black fence you can still see the old one – it’s a little closer to the Rada. The most interesting thing is that this is the place where crowds of people used to gather to make their protests. As you can see, it borders upon the lawn – so now police has always a good reason to disperse the crowd: for damaging grass and flowers, of course.”
I did a Google search and found nothing about a new fence being erected as he mentioned. I reviewed many photographs and this new fence wasn’t in any of them. There isn’t any mystery or purpose why the fence was installed to Ukrainians. It wasn’t a surprise for me to find it wasn’t news a worthy story for Ukrainians media, let alone the international one. Therefore, I would like to share the pictures with you. For those of you who aren’t aware Ukrainians are not allowed go inside to see their parliament do the work of the oligarchs. Now they aren’t allowed to get too close either!
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY ON THE 24TH OF AUGUST FREEDOM LOVING UKRAINIANS EVERYWHERE, YOU ARE THE GREATEST!