Ukraine: Luhansk dispatch – nowhere to hide


Pro-Russia militants fire from a residential area at Ukrainian border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on June 2, 2014Pro-Russia militants fire from a residential area at Ukrainian border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on June 2, 2014 © AFP

People in Luhansk have largely tried to keep their heads down and go about their business during the two months that armed separatists have occupied this city’s administration building and declared independence from Kyiv.

But the fact the city this week has witnessed some of the worst fighting in the Ukrainian crisis to date is creating a sense of panic, as residents feel trapped in a situation where neither the government nor the separatists can ensure their safety.

A man carries his son as he leaves his apartment building during an ongoing shoot-out between pro-Russian militants and border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters in Luhansk on June 2.A man carries his son as he leaves his apartment building during an ongoing shoot-out between pro-Russian militants and border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters in Luhansk on June 2.

The fear has grown as rumors swirl around the city that the Ukrainian Air Force could be preparing to bomb separatist strongholds downtown. On June 3, air-raid sirens went off in the city. In some offices people were allowed to leave work early to race home.

The mayor’s office, which has been sidelined by the separatists, even published on its website a list of locations that could be used as bomb shelters by the public.

The air-raid scare comes as ordinary residents are still reeling from the explosion that damaged the city’s main administration building in the city center on June 2. The explosion at the building, which the separatists use as their headquarters, occurred during the middle of the day in a heavily frequented office and residential district as fighting between separatists and government forces raged on the southern outskirts of the city.

Tracer bullets can be seen being fired by pro-Russian militants at te National Guard base in Luhansk overnight on June 3-4Tracer bullets can be seen being fired by pro-Russian militants at te National Guard base in Luhansk overnight on June 3-4  Continue reading

G7 leaders meet in Brussels and threaten more sanctions against Russia


(L-R) Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harperm, US President Barack Obama, President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, France's President Francois Hollande, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a family photo during the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters on June 5, 2014BELGIUM, Brussels : (L-R) Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harperm, US President Barack Obama, President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, France’s President Francois Hollande, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a family photo during the G7 summit at the European Council headquarters on June 5, 2014 in Brussels. AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS © AFP

The world’s leading industrialised nations arrived for a second and last day of talks on June 5 after threatening to impose harder-hitting sanctions on Russia if it does not help restore stability to eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militias continue to operate at will.

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Ukraine: Vitali Klitschko sworn in as Kyiv mayor


Vitali Klitschko, seen here on the campaign trail in May, was sworn in as Kyiv mayor on June 5.Vitali Klitschko, seen here on the campaign trail in May, was sworn in as Kyiv mayor on June 5. © Klitschko.org

UDAR Party leader Vitali Klitschko took his oath of office as Kyiv mayor on Thursday morning.

“I, Vitali Klitschko, assuming a position of Kyiv city mayor, swear: realizing my huge responsibility, that I will faithfully serve the community of Kyiv and the Ukrainian people, strictly abide by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine, protect the rights and freedoms and legitimate interests of citizens, and honestly perform my duties,” Klitschko said from the rostrum of the Kyiv city council.

In addition, the new mayor of the capital promised to create the conditions for a better life for Kyiv citizens, and to do his best for Kyiv to become modern European capital.

In his speech Klitschko said that all systems of power in Kyiv would be changed and become transparent and accessible to Kyiv citizens.

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Just another day after all


My 51st Birthday

Yesterday I celebrated my birthday in much the same way as I’ve always done, quietly on my own at home but I don’t mind it’s only another day after all, I gave thanks to my parents who have both passed away now, I thanked them for bringing me into the world, for loving and caring for me in my infant years, I thanked them for teaching me the difference between right and wrong and for always being there for me, I miss them terribly especially my mum whom I speak to everyday.

I did notice one thing yesterday that has never happened before, and that is I didn’t received a single birthday card! although I received plenty of greetings via facebook and email, although nice  it’s not quite the same, oh well I suppose it was only a matter of time before computers & the internet replaced them.

Well thats it all over now for another year, personally I’d like to forget birthdays and go back to being 18 again, my late teens were the best times for me, but as thats never going to happen and I’m one step nearer to heavens door (or maybe the place down below) I say bring it on I’m ready for ya :)