Ukraine Independence Day – What to Say?

Today is Independence Day in Ukraine. Strange to think now. I lived in Kiev for 2 years, and before this all, really did like Ukraine, and would even go to Maidan for the event to mark her independence day. Epic concert, all in a good mood, no anti-Russian sentiment – actually almost everyone, even on stage, spoke Russian. All good, friendly, positive!

But I remember then in Ukraine encountering real fascism, in 2012/13, the neo-Nazi party Svoboda, the march to honour Nazi collabortor Stepan Bandera in Kiev.

And when Euromaidan started, all the guys I’d seen, covered at these neo-Nazi events – radicals, neo-fascists, just – to be blunt – scum – were all for Maidan, all on Maidan.

 
I understood from the get go, if these guys are for Maidan, nothing good is going to come of this. And so it panned out. Today’s not a celebration for any normal person, it’s a day of mourning for the country of Ukraine, once, really, a very nice country turned into some sort of malicious, murderous zombie intent on wreaking destruction on those who don’t want to be a part of it, when every survey shows the same – that everything in Ukraine has gone to shit.

You’dve had to have no soul not to like Ukraine pre-Maidan. You’dve have to have no brain to like Ukraine post-Maidan.

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