The Ukrainian government moved in to attack demonstrators in Kyiv on the night of the 18th.
What an awful week. Everybody in the world should be horrified by the large-scale slaughter of Ukrainian civilians by the Ukrainian authorities, but it’s pretty personal to me. #1 Because I come from a very patriotic Ukrainian family. #2 Because I know people protesting in the square (unarmed, against police with military-grade weapons) where most of the killings have occurred. #3 Because I’ve been to Kyiv mulitple times (and yes, the capital city’s official name is KYIV – KIEV is the Russian name!), and always stayed within a stone’s throw of the main square. #4 Because I’ve been watching it live online, and turning on your computer to see people administering CPR – and then seeing people being pronounced dead – really drives home how awful the situation is there.
It has made it very hard for me to enjoy the Olympics – especially considering Russia’s role in all of this. To make things worse, I’m very heavily invested in figure skating (and – coincidentally – share my name with one of the greatest skaters of all time), and none of the right skaters won!
Because of all of this, my reading and my blog really suffered this week. However, I did manage three of the four or so reviews I’d planned on posting!