Dear Europeans

2014/02/20 • Analysis & Opinion

By Aleksandra Kovaleva

I don’t know why, but I want to appeal to European politicians and diplomats. I know they will never read it, but I still want to write it.

So.

Dear Europeans,

As an activist of protests in Kyiv, I want to confess. I have never liked the word “Euromaydan” (‪#‎Євромайдан‬). Especially since the protests have had nothing to do with Europe or the EU for more than two and a half months.

Two months ago, I was still able to justify this “Euro” naming with “European” values. Or rather, universal human values, which have lately been usurped by Europe from amok Russia, Belarus and other “North Koreas” in Asia.

But today, even the “European values” concept is gone as an argument. We skipped the “European” values. Because I cannot imagine a Europe where people would be able to fight and die for freedom and dignity. These concepts seem to have no use anymore in sluggish well-fed Europe.

Living in Europe, I saw many protests by Europeans. The very first day of protests, “civilized” people of Europe were beating storefronts, torching cars, and, moreover, they were looting as well. Ukrainians on Maidan peacefully stood on the square for long freezing months, despite the draconian actions of the authorities. So tell me, who has more right to talk about civility? We or you? I do not understand how you, dear European politicians, even dare to talk about extremism in Ukraine.

Following the protests in the EU, I came to the conclusion that almost all of your protests were provoked by the same issue. Money. Europeans have always lack money. For money, they go to the streets; for money, they beat cars; and even a general expression of quiet dissatisfaction is also about money, and things connected with it. Apparently, it is now the main ‘European’ value.

And while people are dying in Ukraine, fighting against injustice itself, fighting for their simple dignity, in Europe dignity has been already forgotten. Not because Europeans don’t have it; they just don’t need it. They don’t use it. Dignity is gone.

So, dear European politicians, why do you think you have the right to teach us something? Thanks to the horror in Ukraine, we finally see what you’re worth.

Different people standing now on Maidan–the intelligentsia, small and medium businesses, the remnants of the Ukrainian middle class, students and villagers–who are impressing me the most. Young and old villagers–they die fighting for what? For justice and freedom. In the 21st century in the middle of Europe. For fucking justice and freedom. And it does not matter anymore who started all this, who is right and who is wrong and whether there is any sense in all what is going on. The Monster uses tanks against people, his troops are shooting girls with Kalashnikov rifles, and those villagers who were never interested in politics, they arrived in a strange city with their pitchforks and shovels to die here for some sort of ephemeral dignity and some theoretical freedom that Europe has long since forgotten. Tell me, are your European burghers able to do something like this?

We are expecting your sanctions for our monsters, but you do not want to do it. After all, your economy is in trouble, and the money of our oligarchs helps you not to die. And you, dear European politicians, you do not care that this money was stolen from Ukrainians, from me personally, as well.

At the same time you try not to see the simple fact that you have yourself brought your economy to collapse, trying to revive stillborn financial system with new loans. You are guilty in your crisis, not Ukrainians. But you take the stolen money from the hands of Ukrainian gangsters, and when the Ukrainian people say “What is going on, dear Europeans? These bandits are killing us now over this stolen money you keep in your banks,” you, dear European politicians, cannot even freeze it. I am not even asking you to give it back. So who are you?

Yanukovych fucks you all this time. He fucks us also, but we at least try to resist. But you, dear European politicians, seem to even like it. Otherwise, why are you calling again and again to initiate any dialogue with this thug? You know that he was twice in jail, for years there he was with thieves and murderers, so his mental system mutated to psychopathy (I don’t even talk about the fact that he was in jail for real crimes). You know what he did in Donetsk after prison. But you keep talking about the peace negotiations. The Monster kills people, and you keep saying that he is legally elected. I will not talk about bribes and violations during elections. I’ll only note that Hitler was legally elected. And Stalin also had “elections.” Oops, sorry, what am I talking about? You had your arrangements with those guys too, didn’t you? Without any concerns of shame. You have good experience with collaborating with different dictators.

You know, in Ukraine we say, “Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes all alone.” And sometimes, as in your case, instead of the wisdom, age brings stagnation. You’re too old Europe. Mentally, historically. For hundred years you are not able to move actively, drowsing in your warm and wet swamp of comfort. Long time ago you fought for freedom / equality / fraternity, and then immediately you rested on your laurels. Over the years the laurels rotted, but you’re still not moving. You moved from human values to mercenary ones and feigned loyalty to burgeoning dictatorships. You are sleeping in your comfort. Comfort is good, I am happy for all of you, really. But still, you are sleeping.

You’re too old, you’re blind to what is happening, you are deaf and cannot hear the screams. You are no longer able to move your ass. But most of all you don’t want to help anyone as long as it does not bring you profit, but you pretend to be very important guys and you demand respect. Just like old people do. So drink your good wine, eat your eco-products, trade in the car every five years and do not move your ass.

Now, dear European politicians, you are free to accuse me of ageism.

While you waddle from side to side, feigning activity, the new country rises. Rises in the struggle for real values. And if we will rise (with or without you), we with pleasure will welcome you here and show you, dear European politics, what real human values are.

P.S.
I often go to Europe. And I always feel there that I am Ukrainian. It’s not too cool. Whatever anyone says, still it is cooler to be French, English, Italian or German. Ukrainian? Ah, not far from Russia? Vodka balalaika? European citizens intensify how not cool is feels to be Ukrainian. “You have no normal cheese in Ukraine,” “How can you drink your wine?,” “How do you live without normal meat?,” “Your corruption is disaster,” “God, cars here are so expensive and your men are so ugly,” “How do you live with such bad roads?” This is what European citizens say and they are right about everything. And I can only nod sadly, and feel like a representative of the Third World. Now these complexes have vanished.

I know that from now on I will smile every time Europeans will try to talk to me about our differences. Drink your good wine and buy your new cars, dear European politicias. We just have quite different values in life.

That’s all.
Sorry for my English.

And yes, thank you, Poland. We hear you and we love you.

Edited by Robin Rohrback

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  • http://peacetoukraine.wordpress.com peacetoukraine

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    • Marcin, Poland

      Despite the text is breathtaking and I fully agree with everything you said, I unfortunately find it quite childish. Why? Because it is not applicable to reality at all. I suggest to give solutions. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WERE THE “OWNER” OF EUROPE? What? World is nowadays quite complex. I do not like it either, but I rather think of: what can we do, despite of just accusing everyone around.
      When it comes to me: apart from posting the solidarity gestures on FB i donated some money to foundation responsible for providing help for you guys, fighting there. I will however probably not go to Ukraine to stand there or fight and I honestly believe I do not have power enough to change anything else.
      What else can we do?
      PS. Bank accounts of the bad guys you mentioned have probably been frozen as far as global media suggest.

  • http://zguta.wordpress.com Elisabeth Zguta

    Aleksandra Kovaleva – some admire your bravery and wish you the best in your struggle to keep your freedom. Many have become apathetic in this world, but not all. Some here in US are with you, and wish you well. Thank you for writing. I am praying for peace and freedom.

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  • Lori McGuire

    “Sorry For My English”. You should be so proud of every word you have written. The message is clear.

  • Krzysiek

    We’re sorry that we can’t do something more.
    Situation is complex but remember – You will always find us as your Brothers and Sisters.
    We won’t forget You or leave You alone with all this mess.
    Today many of us want to forget the past demons of our history and do for You the best we can to build togheter new future for both of Us.

    Poland is and will be on your side!

    • https://www.facebook.com/schmura Svitlana Chmura

      niech zyje Polska!

      • https://www.facebook.com/antykrat Jan Antykrat

        Слава Україні!
        Jesteśmy z Wami.

  • Tomas

    Thanks for your honesty. You have the right to point the finger. You´re a paying the price. The highest price. For what..for the freedom, for the dignity… Shame on us, definitely. We are greedy and cocky. But some of us are praying for Ukraine and its people. Becasuse some of us know that you´re also fighting for our souls. God bless you. Sincerly yours.
    Tomas, The European, Praha

  • Antigone

    Aleksandra, thank you for your great letter.
    Forget about the Europeans, forget about the politicians – YOU are all you need.
    I see the spirit of 68 again – but we did not make it. You will.

  • 54

    and you expect them to marsh in with tanks the other day this happens? you must be new around here… and young. imagine how much lifes THAT would take…

  • Lukas

    We cry for you Great Nation Of Ukraine. We cry for you. Don’t hate the Europe. As you said some countries go fond of themself, and the mechanism of democracy lost some levers, but there are some countries like , Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and others. We love you. We try to do what we can.

  • Criostoir O Loingsigh

    Thank you for that, what you say is very very “close to the bone”! I have been watching developments in Ukraine with a sense of shame and sadness coupled , however, with heart-felt admiration for the spirit, determination, unity and amazing courage of ordinary people….not thugs, not hooligans, not looters….as you rightly point out!.I feel almost ashamed in my in-ability to “do” anything. Hopefully we are witnessing a re-kindling of that tired and worn chant…….”The people, united, will never be defeated”!

  • Jan

    The Europeans you are calling out to are a product of a long peace – and peace befuddles the masses and grows cowardly politicians. Understand me well, despite how I describe it, it is something to strive for: people who do not care, because they feel safe to worry only about selfish things.
    But there are some who will cheer for you and cry for you. However odd it might sound – we are proud of you, you are not alone.
    PS. We here the same kinds of questions. I am a Pole…

  • http://mimivofinsku.wordpress.com mimivofinsku

    Reblogged this on Mimi vo Fínsku, rozumej pod snehom v Tampere and commented:
    Dneska preskočíme moje fínske 1st world problems a radšej si prečítame niečo, čo má naozaj hlavu a pätu a na čom záleží. O Ukrajine.

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  • Toms

    Aleksandra, our sister in Ukraine,

    Thanks for this post. I guess you should not feel alone in this – a lot of European people, especially all people from the former socialistic republics are there with you, we are all waiting for every new information and, I guess, a lot of people are praying too. Your post is deeply emotional, but these are no European people to blame – we can’t do anything about this on our own. We were mad on politicians as hell too, already a few days ago, and we also understood that it all comes far too late. And please don’t forget about Russia, that is standing right behind you – I guess it’s very big reason why things are happening slowly.

    But I just agree with you – about the money of course, and sanctions too. And about understanding. We are kind of happy that we already went through all this in 1991 ourselves. Looking on all this right now, we think that it was somehow easier then. You didn’t really get away from Russia and all this kind of politics back in 1991, so you’re having it now.

    We are hoping for the best. At least it should stop.
    Whole Latvia is really with you, Aleksandra.

    Toms

  • Filip

    Dear Aleksandra, dear Ukraine,

    Since the beginning of the “Euromaydan” I follow anxieously the happenings. My hopes and prayers go with you. Things have to change and I really wish that you will get the freedom you desire and deserve so much!

    I have so far been twice in Ukraine and it is a wonderful country, which I must visit again (and I hope so soon). You have deeply impressed me as a nation and I have to say that Ukraine is one of those countries which will forever stay in my heart.

    Dear Ukrainian brothers and sisters, Croatian hearts are with you!

  • Sean Poole

    It is wrong on so many different levels how Ukraine has now become a chess piece between the east and west. Being British, we are taught how we have had such an impact on the world throughout our history yet we and many other western nations are part of the problem as to what you in Ukraine are going through right now. I dread to imagine what the great political thinkers would be thinking now, the likes of Guevara etc. People should be able to stand up for their beliefs and express their own free will towards the decision of politicians without the violence which is ongoing causing great pain to innocent civilians.

    The world has become a place where the few rule the many and where the many don’t get a say over the actions of a few.

    Coming from a socialist and liberalist view of the world, I believe the people of Ukraine should be the ones to decide their own future, not Moscow, bot Brussels or any other nation but the hard working citizens of the proletariat. They form the backbone to many a nation and they should have the right to express their views and feelings!

  • Kostek

    Dear Alexandra, dear Ukrainian friends,
    Thank you for your dignity and heroic struggle for freedom. Europe needs you! To remind the principle values, which may seem to be forgotten in the West, simply because of easy, peaceful life for the last 70 years. We young Poles also tend to forget about the value of freedom for which our fathers had to fight in ’80s, but you show us again its meaning and we thank you for that. I hope we didn’t forget the value of the second important word: solidarity. We’ll do our best. And please think of Europe as a family: families have issues, right? Sometimes someone fails to be a good mother or brother, but they should have a chance to change- its still a family.
    Stay safe, we are with you, we love you too!

  • JZ

    I walked streets of my city today and I was furious. I saw people who didn’t care for TV and press announcements. There were few who even stopped to listen or talk about what happens practically next door. It is shameful how long it takes our politicians to do something while civil war erupts in Ukraine and massacres of civilians become, as I lack better word, common. And I live in Poland where many people at least try to do something.

    For a short time there were Three Nations in a Commonwealth. There are still those who remember that. We will do our best to help you.

    I post this on my Facebook page

  • August
  • kristyna

    Some say you can’t win, some say you shouldn’t fight… But I’m with you. All my friends and my family can’t work, study and live without thinking of you. We trust you, we believe in your freedom, we believe it’s the justice you want. You are our neighbours, classmates, colleagues and friends. And right now you are the coolest.

    I thought this would be the same case as Velvet Revolution and was looking forward to it, but this isn’t that case and it’s not fault of Ukrainian people. Ukrainian people are dying and we don’t know what to do. We can send some material aid, we can hug our Ukrainian friends, we can watch the news… but that is nothing. Still, if you lose, we lose, when you are dying, we are dying. And I feel guilty.

    Ukraine needs time. Not quarrels, not war. Every post-Soviet needs time to deal with the shadows of its past. I feel like Ukraine is robbed of time at this moment… you can’t develop, your opinions can’t be heard because of the noise of chaos. I’m worried about consequences. Once the fight is over, there will be a lot of work ahead. But I’ll be still with you.

    Kristyna, European from Prague

  • as

    So, it is not true that Ukraine whant’s to by part of EU ?If we will come to your country we will have third world war !that’s the fakt . So mayby it is not such a good idea to be so angry about europe becouse many of you will come to Poland and other country for medical halp and refugee.

    • Olga Melnikova

      1. We are not begging anyone (including EU) to take us in the union!
      2. We are not begging anyone (including EU) for material help
      3. This was not to those who care (as far as I understand) – it was to those (but they will not read) who either thinks that Ukrainians are not of any value (or just less valuable than Europeans or Russians) and that’s why it’s not real problem that they’re being killed
      Thank you

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  • Didimo Chierico

    I understand the frustration and maybe the disappointment, that is why i do not get offended at all by critics or even insults, probably at your place i d be even more upset. It is maybe true that europeans became apathic but i think you are now seeing all too dark. I do not want to make a list here of all our merits ’cause be sure Europe is not heaven or a perfect place just because we are humans. And i dont think Europeans as well ever think they’re perfect, on the opposite you ll mostly hear people complain about Europe in Europe and even being mad. But there is a good thing in that, we’re free to criticize what we want when we want. Freedom does not make us perfect though, and the paradox is that some of our vertues can be big flaws at the same time. Ukranians just experienced one: europe is an union of many democracies who take long time before actign and who want to be sure and double sure before even acting. each leader of eu nations cant decide ont heir own, have to consider many factors before even deciding to act and then discuss with other nations. I know it sounds liek a nightmare right now but on the other hand it is the same reason why people can be free here or we are experiencing peace since 70 years. When there is a dictatorship things can go much faster. Russia can decide to get in our out Ukraine in 5 minitus, Europe cannot. All companies in the world are not democratic, but work more like dictatorship or army hierarchy, that is more efficient and gives results faster. Am I saying democracy is not good? not at all, paradoxally the difficulty to take decisions sometime in democracy helps to avoid mistakes or that a majority crashes the rights of a minority. Romans knew that very well infact they had for some century a double government system, during time of crisis or war they let few people to rule and then when they came back to peace they opted for democracy again. Also let me say one more thing: out of Ukraine people cannot have the perception of things like there are inside, it is always very hard to make other people understand your point of view or even to know the truth, especially cause lot of information are provided every day about so many topics and often they’re contradicting each other. The good news is that it seems Eu finally decided to move and take sanctions against the resposibles of violence in Ukraine (visa, money and exports). I know it may be useless and maybe too late but better later than never. At the end i personally do not wish europe helps ukraine in order for you to join Europe one day, but because every nation suffering needs and deserves help and support. I personally was touched by your fight and i really hope you will succeed and get your freedom back and the better life you want for your country.

  • Didimo Chierico

    I realised that i forgot to explain why Eu till the last minute tried to negotiate with your crazy president. The reason is that you elected him and you voted him, ,he represents you in front of the world, you gave him the legitimation to sign agreement of association with Eu or with Russia. In a democracy the source of legitimation is the election there is no other way. Now you are experiencing a revolution ’cause you feel you ve been under a dictatorship. But after the revolution i’m sure you will want to have a democracy again. And in democracy minority has to accept to lose and try to beocme majority convincing people in a honest and not violent way. That is how it works at least in an ideal way of ocurse in reality thigns dont work exactly like that but that is the principle and on these principles are based all relationship among democratic countries. I was very rusprised that all protests in Ukraine were on the street and not much in the parliament which is actually the legitimate source of popular power. I know you do not believe in your rada ( i was there i knwo how it is) but everyone can be convinced to change their vote, and actually i believe the possible solution for Ukraine will come from the parliament itself (some good votes were casted already today and many deputies left the field running away).

  • Adriana Willson

    Brava! Brava!

  • Przemek

    Aleksandra – you and all the brave Ukrainians are doing the right thing! Keep it always in your mind and hearth.

    Here in Poland everybody supports you! Please spread the words of our love among people at Maydan.

    Long live the freedom fighters of Ukraine!

  • Mors

    Sorry, but Poland is dead too…. She’s not dead yet, but in deep agony and no one knows how much time will it take to die definitively

    • Wojciech

      Oh no, we are not dying. Quite the opposite. So stick your scythe up your pelvis, Mors.
      Hold fast, Ukrainian brothers and sisters. You will prevail, and I pray that European politicians will find the courage and the means to help you.

      • Mors

        So, you believe in Europe and European politicians? I’m 30 and about 6-7 years ago I lost all my illusions – Europe an its politicians will never do anything which is not related to some kind of profit. Stop looking at the official face of the politics, and stop listening to official declarations.

        I’ll repeat: our destiny is already defined and we’re dead (because I’m a Pole, too).
        Financially, materially, we’re dead – where’s our property, where’s our industry? There’s nothing that generates a real money in our country, and our state behaves like a drunkard who sells all the furniture from his place to have money for vodka and something to eat.
        We’re under powerful influence of our neighbours – we’re infiltrated and controlled by them. They decide what do we think and what do we do. We’re dead.
        Intellectually we’re dead – our elites are a bunch of prostitutes that sell themselves to everyone who pays.
        Spiritually, we’re dead – we don’t have an Idea that unite us.
        Ethnically, we’re dead, just like dinosaurs.

        I see it, I see it so clearly and it’s so depressing that sometimes I have to struggle with myself to find enough force to get up in the morning and face all the problems of life.

    • bogdan

      mayby you are dead?

      • Natalia

        apparently, the political world of Poland is struggled, but the Nation still has a spirit. Although, it’s not the time or place to discuss the polish situation. The most important now is to support the real heroes and heroins fighting for real freedom risking their lives every day, every hour, every minute.
        Dear Aleksandra, dear our Ukrainian Friends, please stay strong and do not lose hope. We are all praying for you and doing all we can as citizens, but mostly as your slavian brothers and sisters, to help you.

  • Whiskas

    Be brave, your elite, European elite, Moscow elite are all well-fed, just look at people and news, whether they are real and true and full of hope.

  • Monika

    Każdego dnia myślami jesteśmy z Wami. Każdy dzień w pracy rozpoczynami rozmowami o Was. Każdy dzień w domu kończymy rozmowami o Was. Współczucie, podziw, żal, bezsilność, złość…

  • Gliwiczanin

    Nie poddawajcie się, nie cofajcie się ani o krok. Myślę, że jesteście już blisko pierwszego celu. Ale jeśli już uzyskacie zmianę władzy, czeka was znacznie trudniejsze zadanie. Ukraina potrzebuje zmian w sposobie myślenia obywateli, czeka was sporo wyrzeczeń, reform oraz pracy które początkowo nie będą przynosiły szybkich rezultatów, prawdopodobnie ujrzą je dopiero wasze dzieci. Ale warto wytrzymać to wszystko. My, Polacy przeszliśmy podobną drogę, zaczęło się od stania na przeciw luf karabinów i czołgów, krew płynęła ulicami, ale po obu stronach ktoś powiedział: dość! Od tamtej pory zaczęła się praca i wyrzeczenia i powoli widzimy rezultaty. Tak więc, nie poddawaj się Ukraino, jesteśmy z wami.

  • https://www.facebook.com/filip.horbowski Filip Horbowski

    bitter but true words. i honour you and all those ukrainians you stood against the tyranny. poland will always be with you! the victory is near!

  • Rafal

    Hey Ukrainian friends, keep do what you are doing. Don’t steep a side from a path you are following. Don’t let that money and indolence shaded your minds and eyes. Faith, honour, patriotism and families should be most important in your life, others are just cheep imagination. Keep your heads up. You are grate and proud nation. We Polish nation truly welcoming you in our cities and homes.

  • Ewa

    Too many have forgotten that Hitler was also democratically elected – well done for pointing it out. Any government that sends armed troops against its own people de facto loses all legitimate power and becomes an invader, a terrorist. I am Polish and I remember the Polish struggle to regain independence in 1989 and long before that. We also stood against tanks and armed troops and I think the vast majority of Poles see a reflection of our own history in what is going on in your country now. Unfortunately, you have been very right in pointing out all the flaws of the EU – in my opinion too it is not driven by values but by corporate interests and money. I can only speak for myself but I think a lot of Poles feel similarly – I wish I could do more to help you in your fight for freedom.

  • mariusz

    Your words are like a slap in the face. Slap that drunk man needs to regain his conciousnes. How can we – ordinary people in PL help?

  • Przemek

    Do not surrender! I believe this hell will end soon.

    We are with you. We are proud that there are still such people in the World.

    I pray you will find wise people for your future govern. That is your main future problem I am afraid…

    All the best for you.

    Przemek, Warsaw

  • Kasia

    Sisters and brothers!

    My Ukrainian is poor, so please, allow me to address to you in English.

    My heart reaches out to you and has been ever since the first protests. I know your fight is not about Europe any longer, it’s about your lives, your freedom and your country now. I sincerely hope you prevail. I too have a feeling that the EU kept on doing nothing, maybe stomping their foot and shaking a finger at your government, which is both pathetic and laughable.

    I understand the anger, the disappointment, and all the feelings that pour out of your letter. You might think that you stand alone our there on the barricades, but you do not! We are with you! We support you, be it by donating blood for your wounded, by inviting the injured to our hospitals, by organizing medical and humanitarian aid, and last but not least, by spreading the news of your struggle.

    You are not alone, believe me, and you will never be.

    Kasia
    Poland

  • Denis

    Oh, girl, You sound kind of disappointed, that maybe NATO doesn’t send some troops to kill some of the BAD Ukrainians, so the GOOD Ukrainians can win? How old are you, twelve? As far as you all Ukrainians are so full of hate to each other, no one from abroad can help you. learn to talk with each other.

    • Wojciech

      Why do you talk about tanks when she’s talking about help, “Denis”?

      • Natalia

        Denis, I have no idea where are you form, where do you live or what is your story. But I know one thing about you: you will never understand what is going on out there, in Maidan. Please at least stop insulting people if you simply can’t get them

      • Denis

        I never wrote “tanks”. Be precise, don’t get exited. I’m not Yanukovich’s fan. I’m just thinking man. I’m honest with You. So, what is that help then, this “acting” that she expects from EU agian?
        This letter is full of insulting, You know.
        Ukrainians can’t talk with each other, that’s a fact.
        Where exactly did I “insult people”? Keep your emotions, think and talk precisely. Talk, discuss, that’s the point. Don’t just hate automatically. It won’t bring You further.
        Ukrainians devide Your country by Your self, you will loose your country by Your self if You keep doing it. Nobody is doing it to You, it’s You only. You are doing it to your self. Stop hating each other, it so simple.
        You are a devided nation, I know your history. You are not united, how can you want Your neighbors to choose whom from You to help?!

    • https://www.facebook.com/antoni.kostka Antoni Kostka

      They do not need tanks. How long it will take to implement visa bans? Has the list been already prepared in advance? A LONG list, please, not like Belorussian one…
      Please, show them something NOW!

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  • jank

    European values are a joke. The west expresses the same level of superiority to it’s own people. You think Poles are respected in the UK or the Netherlands? Hell no! We hear the same crap about corruption, vodka etc as you do.

    I fully understand your anger because the EU had MONTHS to react instead all they did was talking. And now there are over 100 casualties. It’s a disgrace that the EU had done NOTHING to stop this. It is a shame that now they dare to talk about human rights now! Why didn’t they try to mediate months ago?

    I wish you the best. A free state free of EU and Russian influence. One that can write it’s own history.

    Slava Ukrainie! Niech żyje wolna Polska!

  • Toms

    Red Cross just started to collect donations for Ukraine in Latvia. This will be one way how we will help. Hang on!

  • Sebastian

    Thank you, Alexandra. We hear you and we love you too… Ще не вмерла Українa ні слава, ні воля!

  • meguest

    Ukrainian oligarchs and politicians

    – buy houses in London
    – make holidays in France
    – buy cars in Germany
    – keep their money in Switzerland
    – go skiing in Austria

    They steal billions of dollars from Urkainian people, transfer it to western europe and make western countries rich.

    That’s why western europe does not help you. They love it how it is now. They want a poor Ukraine.

  • Adam Trz.

    Dear Alexandra,

    It is convenient to disregard wealth and stability when one doesn’t have neither. The people of Old Europe, which you despise for it’s alleged blindness and indolence have both, since, contrary to You they understand that freedom and dignity are not the values one is fighting for in a onetime glorious revolution but working on in an everyday struggle – no matter how dull it might sound. Rejecting or even disregarding this fact will trap Your nation in a vicious circle of consecutive revolutions leaving You with empty wallets and full graves.

    Sincerely,
    Blind and indolent EU citizen from Poland

    • Ewa

      Have you forgotten the year 1981 in Poland when Poles stood against tanks?

  • Eagleowl

    I will be panned for this but I have to ask: what is it that you want from us, Alexandra? You wanted sanctions – there you go, the EU agreed on that yesterday. Ministers from Poland, Germany and France are in Kiev, negotating a deal with Yanukovych to stop the bloodbath, European press is covering your struggle hour after hour. So let me ask you – what more do you want? I mourn for those who gave their lives in Kiev, on both sides, but you have to understand that neither Europe, nor anyone else can solve your problems for you. Well, Russia can but I doubt you’d like the outcome. So far, Europe has been unequivocally condemning the violence and the bloodshed, appealing to both sides to pause and return to negotiations. I ask again – what else do you want? Europe in general and Poland in particular will assist you any way we can, but if you don’t solve your differences, nobody will do it for you.

    • Toms

      It’s true. I guess the only thing that our politicians could do – work out sanctions faster. But I really agree with you. Also just found out the law in Ukraine prohibits to receive human help from other countries – so, what can we do then?

      • Kasia

        Smuggle the aid. Honestly. It’s being done as we speak.

  • Ewelina

    I deffinitely agree with your point of view. I am proud that Ukrainian people can fight for their freedom and dignity,and won’t let your country to be subjected by the West Europe as it is in Poland unfortunately. And polish politician and fucks polish people too. ми з вами !

    • Ewelina

      Polish people and Ukrainian should not accept that western europe treat us as someone subjected, someone that is not that good. We should both regain our independence from our governments, cause the power should lay in people.

  • Karolina

    I don`t have enough courage to stand by your side as I should, our politicians don`t have it as well to force your government to stop the bloodshed. The only thing that I can do at the moment is to send you medicines, blankets, food & pray. It breaks my heart that it`s so little…
    Ukraine, keep strong. You are not alone in here. Keep you head up with proud because you show us all what dignity is all about.
    Karolina Warsaw

  • Thomas

    I get the point very much, but there is one thing I disagree with: human dignity (as defined by Immanuel Kant) has been, is and will always be universal to all humans and nothing will ever change this. They can disregard your dignity (as they can disregard their own in favor of profit), but they cannot take it away from you). The outdated 17th century economic systems have to get done with finally. A world where democratic values and freedom, even the lives of people, are endangered by a greed for profit is not acceptable.

  • Gabriela

    Im Polish and we fully support you! A lot of people are getting involved and even politicians who always fight are agreeing about Ukrainian case. We still remember your Orange revolution and how strong as nation you are. Keep fighting!
    ps. never apologise about your english, most people from english-speaking contries dont give a damn about anyone elses language.

  • Kuba

    You have show us, what it really means to be European these days’s. And remind us that , freedom , solidarity and justice came often at a price of blood and tears. Allways remember that Poles are Your’s brothers and sisters, no matter what some of our politicians may say. We have a rich common history , shame that people who want to divide us , allways want us to remember only that painful side , but we have to stay strong. You have to stay strong.

    You are now dealing with something , that we belive to be long gone. With regime that’s willing to point out guns, and fire these guns at it own people. We know that kind of regime, we had one in our cuntry too. But change are possible, there could be other Ukraine , and now it is in Yours grasp. Don’t stop fighting for it!

    We are trying to help. We donate blood for You , organize a medical aid, and many , many more. But as Kasia wrote some post earlier , we spread the word of what;s happening. Just dont give up!

    There was once a commonwealth of three great nations in our part of europe, and there is still some people in Poland , that dont forget the values and ideals of that time. People that still belive, that peace , justice , solidarity and brotherhood are more than words, that they are perspectivs, and ideals , and that they still worth fighting for them.

    Cheers from Poland!
    Kuba

  • Karolina D.

    Poland is with Ukraina, Kiev and protestants with all its heart. We are praying for your well being and for great changes to come in Ukraina that will serve its people. We are here to help in any way we possibly can!

  • AmericanInAmerica

    You got this American’s attention; I may not be able to do much on this side of the world, but I am praying for a Ukraine that isn’t influenced by either Russia or the EU. Keep speaking out.

    BTW, your English was just fine; you got your points across and that’s the main thing.

  • Sean

    Dear Alexandra
    People in Poland are not as rich as you write. Not most of us.
    But you’re right, that we have forgotten what is really important.
    Some days ago Polish people was fighting for freedom “of ours and yours”.
    Today Ukraine do it. You are fighting not only for you, also for us.
    Don’t give up! Do not be manipulated by politicians fighting each other for what belongs only to Ukrainian people. Neither the Russian nor the EU.
    Good luck!
    Lukasz

  • Truth

    Indeed, Europeans – and the West in general – have become complacent and pompous in their dealings with the rest of the world. Your opinion is spot-on. Fortunately, not everyone is in a state of permanent slumber of imbecilism. There are nations more aware of what it means to be free – such as Poland most definitely is. The West is unable/unwilling to grasp it is declining.

    • ramana

      But our (polish) politicians seems to be EU slaves… Still part of society is more concious than they like it to be…

  • Jakub

    Dear Aleksandra
    After having read your letter, i`m speechless. So bitter and so true. Don`t give up. Our thoughts are with you.
    Jakub,
    Poland

  • OCP

    I am too disappointed with how the Western hemisphere dealt with the Ukrainian crisis. My impression is that despite being in Europe, the country is still considered a periphery and far away land for many here in EU. Not to mention the current state of affairs in the continent with bankrupt states, UK opting for an exit and Swiss voting against immigration that ultimately is on the plate to be dealt with.

  • Karol

    Blaming Europeans for the situation in Ukraine isn’t the right thing.
    Your nation was asleep for to long. Things needed to be done earlier.
    In the late 80’s Poland was economically equal to ukraine (generally the situation was equal)
    yet we managed to stand up and move forward.
    You shouldn’t mention hitler or stalin, Your nation had some inglorious episodes with them to.
    A bit of self-criticism is a good thing.
    Generalizing, basing your opinion on your own experiences isn’t allways right.

    Karol
    Poland

  • Egan

    Dear Alexandra,
    I hear you loud and clear. Europe has shown its true colors and I am absolutely disappointed. It only made me stronger and more proud to be a Ukrainian. We are equal now in every regard, we are Europeans and we don’t owe anyone anything!

  • Adam

    I am speechless too. So I just ask you – how I/we can help you?

  • Wojtek

    Aleksandra,

    I trully understand your point and you got support from of a lot of people in Poland. I believe that what you wrote will be also a good message for all EU supporters. It’s now visible like on hand, on what support we can count on from EU govermant and united countries when it comes to crysis like in Ukraine. Everybody see that in Poland and in the west, and we all know that you deserve the freedom which humans needs. You fight for the right thing and a lot of people think about you and pray for your sucess and safe.

  • Piotr

    I am very sure that my notice will not be popular but I remember some similar situation in Georgia, several years ago. We all know how it was finished. Any noticed activity from EU would be met with great pleasure from a big brother. The proverb tells “the friend in need is a friend indeed” but history teaches us that friends come (mostly) late. Unfortunatelly the not human actions of the regime made the situation unreturnable. It is hard to say but You, the Ukraine have had the chance to win and you have done it. But be very careful, the freedom s not done forever! Remember lost victory of 2014!.
    I wish all the best for all the Ukranian poeple!

  • Lukasz

    your English is great!!! Europe wake up, Putin wants to take Ukraine don’t abandon people. Ukrainian Brothers, Polish people in UK will fight for you on every corner we had the same in Poland in 1983 Solidarity with Ukraine!!!!

  • https://www.facebook.com/coffeemoment?ref=stream Bogdan

    We hear you Ukraine and we love you too! We wish you much success in this noble endeavour! May this wound in your country heal with time and all sickness of corruption and injustice be cleansed! You deserve recognition and have the right to live without fear of repression of corrupted governments. Stay strong and you shall win!

    Bogdan & Ola

  • Dorota

    Dear Alekranda,
    I read your message and I’m amazed with your hate. You call yourself better, more ethical, fighting for higher values. Now you say that you love Poland but I would like to remind you that exactly 70 years ago this ethical nation slaughtered 200 thousands of Polish people, children, women, elderly, in which name? In the name of free Ukraine. I didn’t read it in a book or on the Internet. I’ve heard it from my grandparents. They’re still alive. They’re very old, but they clearly remember and never forget how their brothers Ukrainians were chopping off legs, arms, ears and letting people bleed to death, killing with saws and axes. They remember how they had to hide in the forest during the winter nights because Banderowcy were coming. And now you call them your heroes, yes you do, your lovely Banderowcy who fought for clean Ukraine were beasts and barbarians. So please don’t tell me whose ethics are higher and learn the history better. Here you have some example of your fighting for freedom:
    https://forum.ioh.pl/graficzki/nar18_z.jpg
    http://wolnemedia.net/obrazki/wolyn-1.jpg
    http://prawica.net/gify/rys8b.jpg

    You want other countries to help you but you say you’re independent so what do you expect from them? I feel really sorry for your situation and I hope it will be better soon, but since you’re independent, no country will send their army to help you cause it’s called invasion and trust me, that it’s never good. Already couple countries tried to help Poland by invading. It never works. You need to do it by yourself and sort your stuff out alone. The truth is brutal but I wish you everything the best and despite our past I treat you as my brothers and sisters, I have a lot of Ukrainian friends, but please don’t call those people I mentioned, your heroes.

    • Ruxandra

      Dear Dorota,
      In a war you have two truths: both sides are barbaric in each other’s vision and each part is “the good one” in their vision.
      We live in the present. Are you going to turn against every citizen of a country that you had a minor or major conflict with? Are you going to throw everything into their face? You said 70 years ago,..so most of them are probably dead now. Let’s not generalise.
      Europe needs solidarity, respect and dignity to stay alive. We cannot turn back in time to change those horrific events, but we can prevent some right know.

    • https://www.facebook.com/natalie.jarnstedt Natalie Jarnstedt

      Dear Dorota,
      As someone else replied to your comment, atrocities exist when people fight injustices in occupation and war. Being Ukrainian, I also remember horror stories, which you may have selectively ignored or never heard: http://www.goodsearch.com/search-web?utf8=%E2%9C%93&keywords=Poland+atrocities+agianst+Ukraine
      There is significant history between Poland and Ukraine, and not so pretty!

    • Kasia Cor.

      I think it wasn’t necessary to show these horrid photos, Dorota…

      Part of my family was killed by the Ukrainians 70 years ago. Just because they were Poles. And it helps to see the whole history of hatred – and it’s consequences – between the two nations. And won’t forget it, regardless of the current political situation and current political correctness. But now is our turn to be wise. And to help. Not because they helped us or could do it in the future. Just because the future is ours. And is open. And we are free to enable it.

      (I have seen in several places in Ukraine Bandera’s statues and paintings. It hurts, if you know the story of Volhynian slaugter of Poles by the Ukrainian Bandera’s nationalists. But let the dead bury the dead. Though we cannot change the past, the future is not yet in textbooks.)

      Pozdrawiam!
      K.Cor.

  • European

    Your are right. Though, we can move our ass and we would like to see monster gone. But we have to admit it – we are afraid. We are afraid of what can come. You have no fear when people died. But we are. We are afraid not for us – I am sure of it, but for Ukraine and probably of Ukraine. We afraid of the Monster who can falsify elections, we afraid of Russia armed forces dividing the Ukraine as they did with Georgia, we afraid extreme guys from Maidan start revenge and more people (monsters) will die, we afraid of smugglers and criminals, we afraid that too much money, required to help Ukraine, we afraid that a lot of Ukrainians will took our jobs, we afraid of another bunch of Nazis who are present in Ukraine as well as in any other country.
    However, what you did on Maidan is inspiring. Inspiring fight for freedom. Inspiring fight for right to choose. Inspiring fight for values, which can be rarely described by politician or journalist. But easily felt by farmer, Maidan activist or police. This is what we need for our Europe currently. Refresh in values and motivation to build better society.
    So despite of our fears you inspire us Ukraine! And we would want to continue this journey together with you.

  • Sceptyk

    Dear Aleksandra, dont be naive, i regret but Europe dont give a shi…. about eastern countries, you don`t need values you need credits,, you don`t need social support form laazy overfed communities living in comfort over the years, you need loans to reform, to build infrastructure. Unfortunately none of what your country needs will be given – european politics as usual. Anyway good luck! Godspeed!

  • http://jelon71.wordpress.com jelon71

    Don’t apologize for your English. It’s very good English. No doubts, Ukraine is part of Europe in every sense of this word. Our Ukrainian brothers and neighbours deserve the best!

  • Bart

    Dear Alexandra and dear Ukrainian friends!

    I want you to know, that since November your voice is laudly heard in Poland. And in the last days it is the main theme both in Polish media and in private discussions at Polish homes.

    Since few days the main tv news stations (TVP info http://www.tvp.info, TVN24 http://www.tvn24.pl, TVN Biznes i Swiat, Polsat News, etc.) broadcast non-stop live the videos and the interviews from Kiev Ukraine.
    I personally for example forwadred the link to the YouTube video “I am Ukrainian” to dozens of my friernds, mainly in the west European countries, being aware that the west of Europe is not focused so much on you as you deserve.

    Please note, that you are not alone in your inspirations to live normal and free life.
    We hope that situation in Ukraine not only in coming days, but also on the long term in coming YEARS will allow Ukrainians to live with hope for best future for you and your children.

    But first, we know, you have to go trough the trauma of all these dead citizens, who were killed in last days around Maidan.
    And that is my biggest concern today, on 22. Feb.
    You must never forget your victrims, but look into a future and try to build a stabile situation in the country to ensure your save life, which I hope will become a normal life in the future.

    Herewith i attach the link to the “Forreign Affairs Magazine” web site:
    http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140336/mitchell-a-orenstein/six-markets-to-watch-poland
    – text of the article about Polish transformation in last 20 years. I thing that it was a big struggle for many Poles, but today (even if we are only on the part of the way) most of Poles beleive that these economical struggles and concesnsus on main political targets were worth of where we are now.

    So I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you to succeed in this.
    Best regards!

  • http://www.wasthere.com supertramp

    Solidarity with Ukraine! I live in European Union, but I would prefer to live in my own, independent country! Difference is beautifull. Win Ukrainians! Win!

  • Marcin, Poland

    I truly think that all that was possible to support Ukraine in fight for freedome was done.
    Do not accuse Europe of you faith.
    – ALL european media talk 24/7 about Ukraine and what is happening there and why it is important for tle world to solve the conflict peacefully.
    – Polish government for the first time since ever has united and stated that: blood mess needs to be over immediatly
    – Polish government activised UE to support Ukrainian cause and we sent Sikorski to help you guys negotiate, since we Poles have already been there in 1981, when tanks were on our streets for two years!

    – Poland supports eventual refugees and we are well prepaired (hospitals, places to sleep and so on)
    – We try to send money and medicine, because material support is almost prohibited in your country.
    – All Polish people support the cause, share stuff on FB, go to the streets to show the support.

    I ask you: WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED? In my opinion it is only tanks we can send to help more, but it will cost tens of thousands of lives.

    Moreover: radicals on Maidan hold red-black flags, which are related to radical ukrainian parties responsible for mass murder of polish People (60 thousand people murdered!) in 40s’ previous century, which your ukrainian historicians deny and try to convince the world that it was Poles who murdered Ukrainians (there was retaliation which caused up to 3 thousand deaths on ukrainian side).
    We however try not to talk about it at this time, since it is most important for everyone that Ukraine becomes fully democratic country and you can live in peace and with dignity you ask for.

    Come on.

  • http://kieszeniejakocean.blogspot.com/ Ewa

    Praying for all of you,
    Ewa from Poland

  • Ruxandra

    Dear Aleksandra,
    I can find myself, my friends, my family, in every word that you wrote. People in Western Europe don’t have moral values anymore. I live in Uk right now and what you said it’s true: they only talk about money. We, in the East, have other values such as dignity, family, respect for nature, respect for our national symbols and respect for our citizens. We care. Let’s be proud of it.
    Stay strong Ukraine! You are an example for everyone.
    Romania is with you.

  • http://gravatar.com/wica93 Éva

    I am with you, girl, and I am with you, Ukraine!
    After the last part with feeling pride from now on with being Ukrainian, I really wished I could hug you.
    Your text is so bitter, but so-so true… I wish our country, people, politicians, media cared more about you.

    …from Hungary

  • jenni

    Hi,

    I am sad to hear your opinion about western europe. I leave in France and all the people I know care about ukrainians being able to become free and we strongly support you. It is true that our ancestors already fought for their freedom so we are now leaving comfortably but this doses not mean that we do not see and we do not care about the fights of the others. You should not offend all western europe people so bluntly we are many that we support you and we would do everything that is possible to help you and reading your post made me really sad.

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  • Aleksandra, Poland

    Dear Sasza,
    Please, forgive that my gouverment is not as active as should be. We, polish people, are deaply concerned about your Country. We are trying to get as much information as possible about current situation. We are praying for you, constantly thinking and taking about Ukraine. Some of us are in a bit mess as here, in Poland we still didn’t resolve our communism past issue ( as people who were responsible for protection of communism have never been sentenced, or they are receiving a big gouverment rent, there is still a lot of jurnalist that are claiming that those, communism gouverments were good and very humanitary), but please, do not consider them as a general, polish citizens, opinion. I wish you good luck. You are our brothers and sisters. You will always be important for us. With love, Aleksandra, Poland

  • Magda, Poland

    We love you too Ukraine!

  • Otis

    Aleksandra Kovaleva I really do feel for You, but this is much more complexed on Ukrainian side. You spoiled and devastated the Orange movement. Your society did not really understood the nature of reforms, which are never easy. You have turned yourself into even greater trouble choosing new politicians, who appeared to by not a single bit different from the previous corrupted communists, including (sadly) Julia Tymoshenko. Now you probably have the last chance to reconcile with the tough nature of reforms, which from this point will be even much harder. I strongly doubt that your people are any different from the economical point of view, as even your previos revolutionists appeared to have betrayed you and used power to their own personal benefit. I was deaply disapointed with Wiktor Juszczenko and Julia Tymoshenko who not only have stolen your money, but they did it in a way, you somewhat pretend not seeing this, maybe to avoid the situation of being accused of total stupidity or being naive. Neverthless You have learned your lesson (I hope) & you will make it in a different way this time around.

  • Alchemy Ocelot

    Ukrainians, you are a great example to Europe. The Ukrainian people have defended their rights while not allowing the fight to slip into a civil war like in Syria. What you are doing is real democracy. I hope your actions will cast sparks on other post-soviet states. All the best from Poland! I am proud to be your neighbor.

    I don’t think though that western Europeans wouldn’t fight for their rights, but their oppression is much more subtle. Many decide to trade in their responsiblities and freedom for security, and so democracy erodes step by step, and few notice it.
    I think the real battle for the Ukrainians is just before you: to return to everyday life and not allow society slip back into the post-soviet relations, as the example of Egypt shows: toppling a dictator is only the beginning.

  • http://extra3oo.blogspot.com John Galt

    Such a great article!! Europe seems to forget who is the REAL enemy. They forgot that THEIR OWN SOCIALISM is the cause of all the trouble even in their own countries. And now they want to export it in our own (Romania, Ukraine, Poland and so on). But we are “vaccinated” here, and see immediately their lies, this they also forgot: :)

    “You know, in Ukraine we say, “Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes all alone.” And sometimes, as in your case, instead of the wisdom, age brings stagnation. You’re too old Europe. Mentally, historically”

    ..

    “European Union, as an old=fashioned socialist bureaucracy, is “fundamentally unreformable” and also culturally hostile to the United States, therefore making military cooperation impossible. European defense is an idea in search of itself. It currently amounts to a paper army with paper resources, and its battlefields is a desktop in Brussels. The paucity of command and control assets and high-readiness units is potentially debilitating, as is the scarcity of high-end air units and precision weaponry.

    “(A unified) ‘Europe’ is the result of plans. It is, in fact, a classic utopian project, a monument to the vanity of intellectuals, a programme whose inevitable destiny is failure: only the scale of the final damage done is in doubt.”

    During my lifetime most of the problems the world has faced have come, in one fashion or other, from mainland Europe, and the solutions from outside it. [..] What we should grasp, however, from the lessons of European history is that, first, there is nothing necessarily benevolent about programmes of European integration; second, the desire to achieve grand utopian plans often poses a grave threat to freedom; and third, European unity has been tried before, and the outcome was far from happy.”

    (On Who Got Credit For Ending The Cold War) “The role of Ronald Reagan had been deliberately diminished; the role of the Europeans, who, with the exception of Helmet Kohl, were often keen to undermine America when it mattered, had been sanitized; and the role of Mr. Gorbachev, who had failed spectacularly in his declared objective of saving communism and the Soviet Union, had been absurdly misunderstood.”

    “(Gorbachev’s) remarks in Prague seemed to me, to say the least, of doubtful validity. Yet nor should they be lightly dismissed. They represent the articulation of a strategy, common to the left in many countries, of seeking to escape all blame for communism and then going on to take credit for being more pragmatic, modern, and insightful about the world which those who actually fought communism have created. It is a pressing necessity to expose and defeat both distortions.” –

    “It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think that they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge.”

    “(I)t is highly questionable whether when ‘Europe speaks with one voice’, as we are so often told it is doing, anyone is really listening. Europe’s reputation as a serious player in international affairs is unenviable. It is a feeble giant who desperate attempts to be taken seriously are largely risible. It has a weak currency and a sluggish inflexible economy, still much reliant on hidden protectionism. It has a shrinking, ageing, population and, with the exception of Britain, rather unimpressive armed forces and, not excepting Britain, muddled diplomacy”.

    “The blunt truth is that the rest of the European Union needs us more than we need them.”

    Margaret H Thatcher

    All quotes are from her last book, ‘Statecraft’.

    • http://extra3oo.blogspot.com John Galt

      Greetings from Romania, btw. We have the same struggle here, as you have there. 20 years after the former communist president sent miners to beat us all, we still fight against their mass media, informers, oligarch, titutztkis and so on. That’s why we are so glad to see that you don’t want to make the same mistakes as we did, and you are not willing to compromise at all!

      If you need help or any kind of support, just give us a sign. Slava Ucraina!! :)

      http://inliniedreapta.net/tag/ucraina/

  • Jānis Irbe

    With such attiture you probably just fed the Eastern twin of your “Monster” by providing the fact that you somewhat despise rest of the Europe. It can be a seed for possible discord future when you’re part of it. Ask yourself why opinion of some individuals of European origin had such influence on your obviously self-contained mind and origin. Nobody in the world can doubt your rights to be proud of what you have. If they do, just screw it and laugh in their face.

    If Europe were acting more “actively”, like threatening “the Monster” or even offering military force to support Maidan – the victory of taking back your stolen dignity would not be yours. Even more – it would have woken the Monster much greater than we could ever imagine. I’m really glad it all went as it went so far in Kiev. And praying for you to succeed this time and not to allow previous mistakes. and become ally with EU people.

    We similarily went on barricades in Riga, too in january, 1991. We had the barricades and our heroes. Some of our best cameramen died while filming the specnaz bullets fired in their direction. And it was those films sent and shown abroad and our determination to fight for our freedom alltogether that saved our regained independence. Filmed materials were sent out as visual message to the world in time when there were no Facebook, no blogs, no Twitter, in right time. I deeply thank every country that supported us back then.

    My humble advices for Ukraines near future now will be based on our own mistakes. Take it or leave it, it’s your choice. Taking them may make you to recover and grow more quickly than we could when we had our chances.

    1) Money is not what matters for Europe as it has it sufficiently. There is no crisis in EU, check validity of your information sources. Energy is the keyword, and yes, Ukraine can help with it in the future, and yes, Russia can lose lots of its profits because of that. So you’re part of these economical interests crossroads, so negotiate wisely.

    2) Establish “zero point” for individuals income declaration from the very start. Declare amnesty for corrupt money by defining 1 year to declare it without consequences. Define ceiling for the amount. Declare all other money as of illegal origin. It is crucial to avoid oligarchy to “restart” and “resprawl”.

    3) Define all offshore transaction targets to be discloseable if requested by state reveny service or similar controlling institutions. Enough said.

    4) Consolidate higher education and industrial research facilities by building labs for science-education-innovation clusters. Fund translation of Aristotles “Politics” to Ukranian, make it mandatory in highschools. Be generous on science and education budget. It will pay back sooner than you expect.

    5) Rebuild the transport infrastructure connecting strategic transit objects. Rebuild the rest of it using increased revenues from the former co-funded with aid expected to become available from ERDB.

    6) Let your new president meet Poland’s. Discuss the worst common part of your history. Let them apologize and forgive to each other in public.

    7) Make path for your current enemies to apologize and become loyal if they want to. Give promise to co-fund development of poorer regions and keep it.

    8) Make rule for students that are going abroad on foreign student exchange programs to return and work for the country for 3 years.

    9) Forbid wearing any symbols of Stalin or Nazi regimes. Support nationalism to keep the traditional celebrations, costumes, songs. Prevent its extreme versions and fear of otherness to be used in politics.

    10) Support any peaceful religion. Keep faith, whatever comes next.

    Sincerely,

    Jānis
    Riga, Latvia

  • Stefan

    Dear Aleksandra,

    you delivered some good message and I’m pretty sure, that you are right in many ways. But let me comment your P.S.

    I’m a 29 year old guy from Germany who thinks of himself to be quite free from prejudice and bigotry. I love to travel Europe, Asia, and the US – in fact, I’ve been to almost every country in the EU and most of the countries in Middle-East-Europe. I’ve been twice to Ukraine, 2010 in Lviv and 2013 in Kiew and Donetsk, and enjoyed it a lot. Sure, not everything looked like high-priced Munich or New York City, but I met wonderful people and had an awesome time. While Lviv impressed me by it’s old-town architecture, I liked Kiew because of it’s great history and sights. Even Donetsk was worth a visit – people were the most friendly I’ve had met in years. I didn’t miss any sights or museums, because the friendliness of the people and the wonderful pubs/clubs was an event on its own.

    In the end, I had only two negative experiences. Having arrived at Kiew airport, we were ripped off by a taxi driver – we had a fix arrangement for two persons and took the usual care, but later on he threatened us to get the double amount. The second negative experience happened at Kiew airport itself, when two policemen wanted a bribe. We had bought a beer at the store and took it 20 meters to the restroom – we didn’t know it was a problem because we had bought it there (it was, unfortunately), but they hid in a distance and waited for it to happen just to get some money. In the US or Europe policemen wouldn’t have done that – they would have told us not to do it again and that would have been it. In Kiew they wanted to write an criminal complaint (what would have resulted in us paying ca. 20 Euros per person and missing our flight) or a bribe of 20 Euros in cash.

    I can understand all of your complaints against corruption and the political system. I can understand that you’re fed up with European politicians and maybe Europe itself. And sure you’re right, that Europe has its on problems, acts in quite an ambivalent way and is full of prejudices. But to be honest: Aren’t many of the problems discussed on the Maidan resp. involved in this revolution based on prejudices themselves? There are those right-wing-extremists on the Maidan, there are those Russians vs. Ukrainian problems and there is always the question of what comes next after Yanukovech. As you know probably best, Timoschenko is not the best example when it comes to corruption and shady activities. So what is the exit strategy? Where are the ideals? Why don’t people on the Maidan fight against corruption, no matter which parties or politicians will be the next in power (people in from Lviv to Donetsk to the Crimea would have supported that and there would have been no need to face Russian invasion)? The heterogenity of the protest and the different political goals of the people on the Maidan are the biggest weaknesses that might even result in an Egyptian or Syrian-like civil war leading to a Russian invasion in Kiew. Europe and the US will not go to war for Ukraine – just remember what happened in Georgia 2008. If you don’t come up with an exit option leading to a political goal you can realistically achieve – let’s call it the the fight against corruption – all of your sacrifices and losses might have been of no earthly use and led to an even worse political system.

    I wish you and the Ukraine the best of luck and a happier future – and I would love to return to your country any time.

    Stefan

    P.S.: The best way to overcome prejudices is tourism. Invite Europeans to Ukraine and explain why the should give Kiew or whatever other place a shot. Every country has its unique atmosphere and beautiful places – stay open-minded and tell tourists more about your country. They will apppreciate it as I did before.