› Sat, 03 May 2014
Letters from Ukraine
7/ 09/2014– Hi! We are fine as it possible for now. We are still working and everything is ok at home.
You are right – in Kiev it’s much more still and peaceful. The only bad thing – is to live everyday in suspense. What will be tomorrow?Now in East there is a ceasefire, but it was already broken more than 20 times from the terrorists side. In fact there are almost no terrorists – only russian army. Only OSCE and UN don’t see this fact. If you need some photos or video evidences – I can send you some links.
I want peace for my land, but we need to get this occupants off Ukraine. And I think there is no peaceful solution. Only power can stop Putin. We are ready to show this power, hope to see the real support of EU, USA and UN.
Despite this I can see some positive changes in Ukraine:
- More and more people starting to feel like one nation and one country (finally!). Even in Southern part of Ukraine, in cities like Odessa or Mykolayv people turning to a real Ukrainians. Now Kiev is a blue-yellow city – everywhere there is a lot of flags, stripes. Some parts of buildings and bridges and roads are painted in national colours. It’s very trendy now to wear traditional “vyshivanki” (embroidered shirts). Sad, that we need to pay such a big price for this knowledge…
- Volunteer’s movement rises. Now there is no “it’s not my problem”. In offices and companies almost everybody involved and try to do something for army, for wounded, for refugees, for children etc. We are collecting money and different stuff, medical equipment. Anything.
Last interesting facts – volunteers have repaired old broken and abandoned military cargo aircraft! Now it made first flight…
When we helped in Kyiv Main Military Hospital many people comes and brings money, food, stuff, etc. And now try to imagine – a very old (maybe 80 or more yo) women comes and give little bag with cheap candies and 100 UAH (5 Euro) for soldiers. In fact she has a pension, probably, 1000UAH (59 Euro), but she need to give 500UAH for apartment, some money for food and medicine. So maybe, she gives her last money…
In hospital we saw a big bag, filled with very expensive medical stuff. There was a letter – a handwritten 3 words “Please, forgive us”. This bag was from Moscow…
Ukrainian businessman bought some medical stuff for army for Euro 500 000!..
So, together we can do some unbelievable and impossible things!
Wish you and Mario good luck in business and peace in life! :)
Everything will be ok, there is no other way!
Keep in touch!
29/4/2014– Hi! Don’t understand why, but I have received your message only today in the morning.maybe some troubles with CS, sometimes it happen.
We are ok (if we can say so). My parents in Crimea that everything is ok, but in fact I don’t believe them – there are some problems with water/products/electricity/banks etc.
In eastern part there is absolutely anarchy. The government doesn’t control the situation (cause they dont want to).Maybe this is a plan – to separate our country to many parts?…In cities there are some special forces of russia+local terrorists+police which betrayed Ukraine. Some expert says that this situation will continue in few days in Odessa, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizzhya – russia want to have some land connection with Crimea. Also they want to break the presidential election (25.05). Some russians says that they want to occupy Ukraine to 09.05 (Day of Victory).
In Kiev it’s almost normal life, but everybody on streets and in office talk only about this situation. All are nervous.
I hope, that next time I write you there will be more good news from us!
BIG THANKS for your honest attention and support!!!
Cheers to Mario!
9/3/14– BIG THANKS for the warm words!
I hope that all will solved in peaceful way. as a former military officer I don’t want to go back to army, to fight and to kill someone.
When it finally ends – don’t hesitate – come to us again!:)
Nice to hear you again! As you saw it in Kyiv – it’s almost normal life. We start to reconstruct and to clean our city. But most important is that we have now Crimea occupied by russian army and there can be a war. It’s hard to write such thing, but…
as russia’s putin sad – we have thousands of “terrorists” and “Nazis” in kyiv, who want to kill russians in Crimea. So he want to protect them. With tanks and soldiers. But, it’s just a dirty propaganda – he just want to cut Crimea from Ukraine and take it to russia. some Ukrainians forecast, that in this or next weekend russians will make some provocations to legislate the beginning of the war (as it was in Georgia in 2008).sad, but true…
Ukraine needs international help now.
we hope, that all ends in peaceful way. but, in fact I don’t believe in this :(
sorry for bad news.
Anyway, we glad to hear support from you!
› Sun, 30 Mar 2014
Gli aborigeni credono che una terra non cantata sia una terra morta: se i canti vengono dimenticati infatti, la terra ne morirà.
Bruce Chatwin -Le vie dei canti-
› Mon, 03 Mar 2014
Due to financial reasons, we had to cancel our last three stops.
Meanwhile we go back to Italy discovering another new non-elected government and the collective joy to celebrate Italian decadence with “The Great Beauty” at the Oscar Awards.
By the way, our research will continue, stay tuned with the new updates.
› Mon, 03 Mar 2014
› Thu, 27 Feb 2014
› Tue, 25 Feb 2014
Kiev, Part II
“When Timoshenko was in jail, she asked over and over the permission to go to Europe for medical treatment. Well, now that she’s out she’s free to leave- with all her family – and to never return back!”. Citizens’ sense of delay, concern, disorientation in their hometown, where tomorrow creates terror for a possible secession or repressive regressions, is tangible in the air, in metropolitan faces.
A new sense of identity is shaping, creating a spasmodic and schizoid inner question “which part are you for? ” . “Long live heroes, long live Ukrainian nation! Heroes never die, hurrah hurrah hurrah!” are words coming from the same stage where Orthodox priests of Kiev Patriarchate support Ukraininan cause, historically opposed to Russian Orthodoxy. The two churches’ role perfectly reflects the split within the country where Crimean citizens look east in spite of those living in the opposite side, turned toward Europe.
Do they exactly know what it means to join Europe? “By economic analyzes it’s clear the cost of European membership. But if you ask demonstrators what does it represents, they don’t even know which are the sacrifices. Their anger infact, stays more in the betrayal that Yanukovych made to his people, promising to sign the agreements and unexpectedly not doing it. To a peaceful demonstration has followed a violent repression. This is the reason why relations have deteriorated and the square has been militarized”.
Men in their fifties sit around tin barrels next to college students. Most of them with bulletproof vests, swollen hands, sooty faces. From right to left is the war game, in a park teenagers are trained for self-defense while a century –soldiers- walks in lockstep. All the institutions are controlled by young in helmet, shield and baton; tension is high but the country is perhaps free. And hundreds of photographers. For a few days, all the glory is their. But at the moment of merit assignment at institutional level, right and left will have to count losses.
› Mon, 24 Feb 2014
Men mime the previous night fights, those glorious shots that made escape the president. All around banquets with food and hot drinks to warm the thousands families arriving to greet the young victims. In the heart of Ukrainian revolution, between barricades, tents (stan in Ukrainian language) and improvised hospitals, a laborious mass is working to clean up the country.
Many institutions have been occupied, the presidential palace already became a pilgrimage place while on the square the city-hall has been occupied. “We are here to provide our help. We installed the hospital, a center of psychological support, a canteen, a desk where volunteers can sign up and one for finding disappeared people during the clashes . Luckily we found almost all of them” says a girl in a bustle of phone calls and filling in forms. “Until now there are eight centers like this all around the square“.
Outside guys in helmet clean up the streets, move rubble and barricades’ boundaries, while on a stage a priest celebrates the martyrs of the revolution. A huge crowd comes to see the destruction, thousands people with flowers in the hands and hearts in throats. It’s an Ukrainian sunday, the sunrise of a new country where the prime minister escaped and seems that there are not too many alteratives. ”Timoshenko is corrupt, we don’t want the same people just changing surnames. Klitschko is only at the beginning of his political career and the third candidate is equally unlikely to be voted. The most beautiful part is right now, now that we don’t know what will happen“.
› Fri, 21 Feb 2014
Kazakstan – coming soon
› Fri, 21 Feb 2014
Caspian sea, migrations. #fragments #stanproject
› Fri, 21 Feb 2014
Trans – Kazakistana (Almaty – Aktau). Coming soon