Happy Australia Day!
This has been a horrible week – not for me personally, but for the country half my family members are from: Ukraine.
Something that has infuriated me my whole life is that everyone thinks Ukraine (note: not THE Ukraine – that’s an insulting term for the country) is just an extension of Russia. Every Ukrainian celebrity, sportsperson, writer, artist, composer, Cossack, warrior, borsch! is known by most people as “Russian” – which means nobody knows anything about Ukraine’s struggles against Russia.
As a consequence, the Western media has been reporting the current situation in Ukraine in total ignorance. Unarmed people are being tortured, murdered, shot by snipers, and nobody understands what’s going on. The (pro-Russian, anti-Ukrainian) Ukrainian government has just ordered so much new ammunition that it’s clear they’re preparing for a serious war situation.
I have family members in the middle of the protests in the capital city, Kyiv (note: not KIEV – that’s the Russian name!). One is guarding one of the entrances to the heart of the protests. To know there’re snipers there, ready to take out anyone they think is protesting too enthusiastically… well, it’s not a good time for my family, or for Ukraine.
On another note, here is my week in books:
What I want out of 2014 – Contemporary Romance
My review of Unleashing Mr Darcy by Teri Wilson
My review of Once Upon a Valentine by Allison Leigh
My review of When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries