Water Starts Flowing to Crimea

Reports have it, the North Crimean Water Channel was reactivated by Russian forces. For those who don’t know, Ukraine blocked the flow of water to Crimea causing a lot of problems in the peninsula.

Today is a positive day. (24 February 2022)

UPD: I just watched Russian TV, and they said it will take two weeks before water flow is fully restored in Crimea.

UPD2: So about a month has passed since the initial post. Photos are in:

Can Sberbank Open Branches in Crimea Now?

Sberbank in the Czech Republic has been all but destroyed in the Czech Republic in the wake of the Ukraine war. I used to joke that Sberbank has more branches in the Czech Republic than it does in the Republic of Crimea. There weren’t any Sberbanks in Crimea…

I really wonder what led Sberbank to open branches in the EU? Don’t they do risk assessment before investing? A large institution like Sberbank could afford a media analysis of the mainstream Czech papers and found out that those are thoroughly Russophobic. Obviously, they didn’t do any of that and now all their branches are closed. They may open some in Crimea, and in Ukraine now.

Chicken’s Arse, Turchynov Acknowledges Mass Desertions in Crimea in 2014

This is a screenshot from a video aired on the US funded propaganda channel, Krym Realii, a project of Radio Liberty, which interviewed Oleksandr Turchynov, interim president and head of the National Security Council in 2014. Turchynov is known as “Chicken’s Arse”, just look at him…

They have deserted to the Russian side: Soldiers 70%, SBU (secret service) 90%, Police 99%…

The Ukrainian state basically collapsed in Crimea. So, whose is Crimea?

The Sacred Ukrainian “Fuck All”

Below is a meme that features objects in Crimea constructed under Russian rule, which contrasts with the time Ukraine was in power, when nothing at all was built…

We see the Kerch Strait bridge, several power plants, a highway, an airport, and the restored summer camp ARTEK. The meme says “In these places, the sacred Ukrainian “fuck all” could have been found.”

The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Denies Agency to Crimeans

Recently, the journal Foreign Affairs published a commentary by John O’Laughlin, Gerard Toal, and Kristin M. Bakke largely in reaction to the statement published by the State Department, confirming the latter’s opinion that Crimea is Ukraine. Their argument boils down to this:

But when Ukrainian activists and Western politicians claim that the residents of Crimea are “living under occupation,” they mistake the experience of some for the experience of all. The majority of Crimeans do not experience Russian rule as oppressive, alien, or unwelcome.

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Basically, it does not really matter what the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo thinks. It does not reflect the realities on the ground.

The commentary raised the ire of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, who was compelled to write a reaction where he says:

But there are several fundamental problems with measuring popular opinion during an illegal occupation. There is no free environment in Crimea in which one can express political views, especially if those views contradict the Kremlin’s line. Moreover, the people of Crimea have spent more than six years under a heavy barrage of Russian TV propaganda without easy access to alternative sources. 

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Kuleba basically said that the people of Crimea lack agency because of Russian repression, and because of being subjected to Russian propaganda barrage. He goes on to mention the repression of some subversive elements, particularly from the ranks of the Crimean Tatars without telling us that these repressed elements represent a minuscule sample of the Crimean population.

Using the same logic, one may argue that we are unable to objectively measure pro-Russian sentiment in Ukraine because people with pro-Russian views, pro-Russian media in Ukraine, Russian TV, Russian social media platforms etc. have been repressed and banned, put in jail, or outright murdered like Oles’ Buzyna.

The Maidan was Instigated by Putler so That he can Take Crimea

A number of Ukrainians express doubts about the so called Revolution of Dignity. After 5 years, the event of 2013-2014 have matured in people’s head and some are expressing the most wild of opinions…

This guy I encountered on Twitter claims Putler instructed Yanukovych to reject the EU Association deal in order to spark protests and riots, so that in the wake of this chaos, Putler would be able to seize Crimea.

One only wonders where they come up with this shit?

The Maidan became the last component of Putin’s plan to occupy Crimea.

I think the Putin gave instructions to Yanukovych not to sing the EU Association Agreement because Putin foresaw what would happen.

Pavlo Klimkin Calls On Ukrainians to Boycott Apple Products Over Crimea

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, called on Ukrainians to boycott the products of the company Apple over the latter’s recognition of Crimea…

I have earlier brought the news that the company apple acquiesced to the demands of the Russian Federation to display Crimea as a part of Russia to Russian users…