Five Years

On this day five years ago Russian snipers indiscriminately opened fire on Ukrainian civilians in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city. As masses of people were shot and killed, the pro-Russian president was boarding a plane to flee to Russia with his illegally-accumulated wealth. He remains there today. He has been tried in absentia and found guilty of treason, but – with Vladimir Putin’s help – will never see a day in prison.

I was watching the live video feed from the revolution in Kyiv when this happened. Suddenly people were dropping to the ground and dying – and nobody knew what was going on. I’ve been able to visit the sites of the crimes a number of times, and will lay more flowers when I return to Kyiv in a few months.

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A memorial at the same spot some of the snipers (including those above) were situated, taken on my last visit:

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The Week: 19th – 25th February

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I have no idea why it keeps starting partway through!

Plenty of Winter Olympics-watching happened this week. The best moment was Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir winning ice dance gold.

R.I.P. to Emma Chambers

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This week marked four years since the pro-Russian snipers opened fire on the public in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city. The war rages on, even though I haven’t seen it in the Australian, European, or American news for a long time.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Abramenko won the men's aerials freestyle skiing gold medal to break Belarus' dominance in the event at the Winter Olympics..

Ukraine did win a gold medal in Pyeongchang, however!

My review of Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Gold Rush by Jennifer Comeaux

Lisa Kleypas News

Hello Stranger (Ravenels #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Out Soon

The Secret of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5) by Sabrina Jeffries

Reread: My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Bombing of London Library

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In Kyiv

We flew into Ukraine’s capital city this morning  and visited the main square for the first time since the revolution (the square where there were the burning tyres, and had the drums, and then all the demonstrators were being shot by the pro-Russian authorities).

We are now in a Crimean cafe on the square, one we have visitied plenty of times in the past. They are flying Ukrainian and Crimean flags together; the Crimean Tatars don’t want to be ruled by Russia!

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The Week: 28th July – 3rd August

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A random Canberra sunset picture – taken at our house.

I’ve had a very uninspiring week, punctuated by lots of late nights staying up to watch the Commonwealth Games, and a random illness that made me feel about as awful as I’ve ever felt!

I was really running out of things to read, but on Saturday was rescued by a Georgian-era book recommendation, so now I’m okay again!

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As this week ends, all I can think about is the fact Russian soldiers took photos and videos of themselves torturing, murdering and mutilating Ukrainian soldiers, and then posted them on Russian social media. The men they killed were Russian-speaking Ukrainian soldiers. Remember how Russia invaded Ukraine to “protect Russian-speakers”? Remember that pathetic lie?

I accidentally saw those revolting pictures while reading a news site, and now I can – in all honesty – say I feel hatred for Putinists unlike anything I’ve ever felt before.

On the book front?

My review of Engaged at The Chatsfield by Melanie Milburne

Engaged at The Chatsfield by Melanie Milburne

My review of Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant by Owen Beddall

Confessions of a Qantas Flight Attendant True Tales and Gossip from the Galley by Owen Beddall

My review of 84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger

84 Ribbons by Paddy Eger

My review of Fast Track by Julie Garwood

Fast Track by Julie Garwood

My review of Expose Me by Kate Hewitt

Expose Me (5th Avenue Trilogy) by Kate Hewitt

My review of The Wrangler’s Inconvenient Wife by Lacy Williams

The Wrangler's Inconvenient Wife (Wyoming Legacy #4) by Lacy Williams

The Week 14th – 20th July

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Canberra flag at half-mast on Saturday.

Russia. Stop it. Get out of Ukraine and stop this war. For any normal country, shooting down a plane of international civilians would have been the final straw. Instead, after bragging about how many Ukrainians they slaughtered (I happened to be online and watching it evolve), they realised they were in the wrong and have been coming up with some shocking, horrific lies to try and cover their tracks. Accusing Malaysia Airlines of flying a plane of corpses was about the lowest they could go. Never has it been clearer what a fool Vladimir Adolf Putin is.

Russia has a long history of shooting down civilian planes and claiming they shot down enemies (Korean Air flight 007, for example). That they’re still doing it in 2014 is almost unbelievable.

A little note: it was not YOUR airspace when you shot the plane down. It was UKRAINIAN airspace.

Canberra flew all the flags at half-mast over the weekend, and we took flowers to the Dutch and Malaysian embassies, as well as leaving a sign at the Russian embassy. No doubt it’s already gone, but with no apology forthcoming, the Russians need to at least stop listening to the propaganda. A Canberra woman was amongst those killed.

I’ve read some interesting books this week, but I had to put the military suspense story I was reading aside for a bit – I was reading about planes being shot down at the time I found out about the actual plane that was shot down. I picked up a good late-Georgian era story instead, which I’ll review soon. I have to review it soon, because the silly publisher didn’t distribute review copies until four days before they wanted a review!

My review of The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet A Novel by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

My review of Only the Brave Try Ballet by Stefanie London

Only the Brave Try Ballet by Stefanie London

My review of Lost in Temptation by Lauren Royal

Lost in Temptation (Sweet Temptations #1) by Lauren Royal

My review of Cop by Her Side by Janice Kay Johnson

Cop by Her Side by Janice Kay Johnson

My review of Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

My review of Knight of Love by Catherine LaRoche

Knight of Love by Catherine LaRoche

My review of Desire & Deception by Sahara Roberts

Desire & Deception by Sahara Roberts

The Week: 30th June – 6th July

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Snow on the mountains around Canberra.

Not a lot to say this week. Some really annoying things happened, but that has nothing to do with my reading! But I’m still annoyed…

We had some crazy weather in Australia, and winter finally decided to arrive. We don’t get snow here, but you could see it on the Brindabella Ranges.

I tried a few different books this week, including a paranormal book that made both vampires and werewolves out to be something other than sparkly and sexy! I’m also discovering I really enjoy reading about the Georgian era.

Poor Russia – the authorities have lost the plot. This week, some of their crazy bans (like the lace underwear ban) came into effect. And look how a Russian gang decided to celebrate the 4th of July:

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By burning down an eagle statue in Kyiv, Ukraine. Nice of them… Is there anybody they aren’t going to target? Propaganda definitely makes people deranged.

My review of Lone Star Heiress by Winnie Griggs

Lone Star Heiress by Winnie Griggs

My review of A Hero in the Making by Laurie Kingery

A Hero in the Making by Laurie Kingery

My review of Her Irresistible Protector by Michelle Douglas

Her Irresistible Protector by Michelle Douglas

My review of The Texan’s Cowgirl Bride by Trish Milburn

The Texan's Cowgirl Bride by Trish Milburn

My review of Bride of a Scottish Warrior by Adrienne Basso

Bride of a Scottish Warrior by Adrienne Basso

My review of Lone Wolf Standing by Carla Cassidy

Lone Wolf Standing by Carla Cassidy