IamA Ukrainian protester of Euromaidan. Our country is currently being invaded by Russia. AMA!
Since November, I was a part of what developed from a peaceful pro-Europe student protest into a bloody riot. Ukrainians never wanted blood to be spilled and yet hundreds of us learned what it feels like to be ready to give your life for the better future of your country. And we won. I edit a website that monitors protest action all over Ukraine.
Currently, Russia is using this moment of weakness in Ukraine to... nobody knows what they really want: the port city of Sevastopol, all of Crimea, half of Ukraine, or all of Ukraine.
You, Reddit, have the power to help us. In 1994 [edited, typo] Great Britain, Russia and US signed an agreement to protect the sovereignty of Ukraine. Russia broke it, and yet US and EU are hesitant to help. Help us by reminding your senators about it, because we think they have forgotten. *You guys are attacking me over it, but why the hell is everyone so paranoid - there are many diplomatic ways to help, nowhere did I say that I want American troops to fight on Ukraine soil. Calm down.
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Personal message to Russian-speaking people reading this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRTgH6WB8ts&featur http://interfax.com.ua/news/general/194114.html
And to everyone else: http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1393885654
EDIT #2: This thread has been going on for a while now, and during this time the US administration took up a rather active position. Obama is considering not going to the G8 summit in Russia, threatening it with isolation. US Congress is considering sending aid and defense arms and to retaliate for Russia vetoing UNSC on Ukraine. Hopefully Russia will rethink its tactics now, and hopefully those in power to keep the tension down will do so. No troops will be required. Fingers crossed.
I will address a few points here, because more and more people ask the same things:
There is an information war going on - in Russia, in Ukraine, all over the world. I am Ukrainian, so the points I bring up in this thread are about what the situation looks like from my perspective. If you say I am biased, you are completely right, as I am telling you about my side of the story.
Ukraine has several free independent media channels, most of them online. I am sure of the sources that inform me of the events outside of Kyiv I post about.
I have been present at the Kyiv protests that I talk about and if you want to come here and tell me that we are all a bunch of violent losers, I feel sorry for your uneducated opinion.
About the war situation: tensions are very high right now. Russians scream for Ukraine to just give up on Crimea because Ukrainian new government is illegitimate in their eyes (though legitimate in the eyes of the rest of the world), Crimean Tatars and Ukrainians make calls to tv stations and appeal to us to not give up on them, because they are threatened, they do not know who to go to or what to do, their Crimean government is no longer concerned with their opinion and Crimean territory is policed by troops that are only looking for a provocation, to start the war in the style of Georgia-2008.
There are two popular opinions in Ukraine: 1. To make up money for the olympics, Putin is currently destroying the tourist season for Ukraine's biggest black sea resort zone. Sochi will get aaalllll the tourists. 2. Putin is not here for territory, Putin is here to provoke a civil war that will weaken Ukraine to the extreme point when it no longer can break off from Russia's sphere of influence. Instead, Ukrainians are coming together like never before.
Many of you say it is our own problem. To all of you, read the history of how WW2 started. Then comment with your informed thoughts, I would really love to have some informed and thought out opinions on the situation.