Winter is coming

As the nights draw imperceptibly shorter, the prospect of a long cold winter in Ukraine begins to grow.

The ceasefire is fragile and I have little doubt that Kiev simply wants the war to continue, with little concern for its own citizens.

It seems that Kiev has no intention of paying off it’s gas debt to Russia, despite being given numerous handouts by the west.

The UK media continues to misrepresent the truth about how “the gas from Russia has been shut off to Ukraine due to the crisis in Crimea“.  No mention then of the $5 billion dollar debt that is outstanding!


gas photo


I saw a few hilarious videos on TV where Ukrainian celebrities were explaining how to keep warm and conserve energy without using gas or electric.  They suggested sitting in one room in the dark or using candles.  Utterly crazy, in my opinion.

I wonder how the damaged infrastructure in the east of Ukraine will cope in the coming months.  The shells may have stopped flying but people still need power, water and food.

The only help they have received from abroad is from Russia and its two aid convoys. The west was virtually silent about the second convoy, just a few reports implying that the aid was really arms.

The video underneath may well be firmly tongue in cheek, but it also has a very valid point about Europe’s total reliance on Russian gas and oil.




A few of my British friends have asked what I think about Ukraine.

Well, from the very first appearance of western politicians trying their best to stir up the Kiev crowd last year, it seemed to me to be another Arab Spring, a nasty attempt to undermine a legitimate government.

Did anybody really believe that Hillary, Kerry or Merkel really gave a shit about the democratic rights of the average Ukrainian citizen? Of course not, it was all a power play to enable regime change in Kiev and a dirty civil war right on the border with Russia.  Did Hillary suddenly wake up one day and say “Hey, what about those poor Ukrainians?”

Ukraine Flag

From my experience in Russia I would say that full economic union with Russia would have been a better deal for Ukrainians, and would have avoided the bodies that are now piling up in the east.

Say what you like about the previous president Yanukovych, perhaps he was a typical corrupt oligarch, weak, ineffectual etc but at least he didn’t order the destruction of vast swathes of his own country and the bombing of innocent civilians and children.

How can an army shell civilian areas of their own country?  Is this genocide? Or ethnic cleansing perhaps?


What do my Russian friends think about the conflict?

Most Russians I’ve spoken to are appalled by the death and suffering,  many have friends and relatives in Ukraine.

The majority blame the west entirely.

One thing I have noticed in Russia is how much more detailed the TV coverage of events in Ukraine is.  There are daily reports from Ukraine showing ordinary people who have had their homes destroyed and relatives killed.  The UK press has been largely ignoring this for months.  As for the BBC, well hangs your heads in shame.  So much for impartiality and balanced journalism.



On a lighter note, it was nice to see Russia trying to send aid.   Will the aid ever be allowed through?