Roman in Ukraine

Searching for free market philosophies in Ukraine.

I process two returns today. Quick, efficient, polite.

My friend who runs Ukraine’s retail bitcoin agency has been under DDOS attack, and now has had his Youtube channel terminated.

Not long ago, Vladimir Zhirinovsky — the Russian member of parliament and court jester who sometimes says things that those in power cannot — argued on television that Russia should use nuclear weapons to bomb Poland and the Baltic countries — “dwarf states,” he called them.

@StateOfUkraine 1h

As our source correctly predicted yesterday, the Russian army did open fire on UA forces from #Ilovaisk leaving via ‘agreed’ upon corridor

@StateOfUkraine 1h

Looks like Poroshenko was played. He thought he had a deal to exchange Russia POWs for UA ones but Russians were released & he got nothing

@StateOfUkraine · 21h

Lev Shlossberg, a Russian politician investigating #Russia’s soldiers KIA in #Ukraine was brutally beaten up in Pskov

Statistics by country:

You can also counter Russia’s claim of moral degeneration by looking at this abortion map of Europe.

The Abandoned Donbas Battalion

August 30th, 2014

When the Donbas Battalion stormed Russian separatist-held Ilovaisk on Aug. 18 and raised the Ukrainian flag without a single casualty, the Ukrainian media quickly reported a victory for the country’s anti-terrorism operation against Kremlin-backed insurgents.

The Interior Ministry announced that four volunteer battalions along with the regular army were clearing Ilovaisk, a city of 17,000 residents southeast of Donetsk, of Russian-backed forces, and promised that more back-up from the National Guard was on its way.

That version has turned out to be mostly spin that is likely to rebound on its state and media creators.

A week later, 10 men from the Donbas Battalion have been lost and more than 20 injured through what could be incompetence of the army command or even deliberate abandonment. Stranded as they struggle to keep control of city, the Donbas volunteers are reinforced by just one company from the army’s 93rd brigade and some fighters from the volunteer Dnipro Battalion.

Both Donbas fighters and three Ukrainian photographers embedded with them are enraged with what they call the lies and prevarications of both government and Ukrainian media, and want to put across their side of the story.

“It’s an absolutely shameful situation,” said Alexander Glyadelov, who was evacuated from Ilovaisk on Aug. 21 with a shrapnel injury.

An experienced and respected photographer, Glyadelov has covered many wars, including the Moldovan Transdnistria and Russian Chechen conflicts. Exasperated with the heavily restricted access to the front granted by the Ukrainian government’s press service, he joined the Donbas Battalion to see what was really going on.

He found that while volunteers motivated by principle and with a high fighting spirit are stranded in desperate circumstances, government and media claim the situation is under control and reinforcements are on their way. “They are frightened of the truth,” he said. “First, they need to actually provide the help they keep promising. And second, they need to stop lying.”

@StateOfUkraine · 9h

Ukrainian general Homchak is widely suspected by Ukrainian fighters of betraying them (including in #Ilovaisk) by giving info to Russians


Apparently, the identity “Graham Phillips” was a sock puppet on wikipedia. Ie – an identity that many different people could assume.

@rupertbu · 8h

Before @GrahamWP_UK was notorious for his @rt_com activities in #Ukraine, he was already a fraud courtesy #wikipedia

Really??? RT @poroshenko: Agression against Ukraine won’t continue. We are too close to reaching peace.

#Mariupol: thousands of unarmed ppl at checkpoint, 30 km away from Russian tanks #STOPWAR #RussiainvadedUkraine


Kremlin shills @RonPaulInstitut @scotthortonshow @JustinRaimondo probably see Nazis in this pic.


@EuromaidanPress 11m

Over 1000 people in #Mariupol have created a live chain to protect city from #RussianInvaders #Donbas #Ukraine

Friend of friend, Ukr artillery officer refuses to return to #ATO b/c of traitors in ATO HQ. 3 examples:

1. Repeatedly denied permission to fire on enemy formation, even for counter-battery after they’ve been struck.

2. Patriotic colonel fr L’viv’s 24th ordered on 30km convoy. 3x Ambushes. Col lives, but many KIA.

3. Volunteer battalions (who are fearsome fighters) being intentionally sent into danger and left to die.

Тече річка Тиса

August 29th, 2014

Тече річка Тиса, в ній московська кров,
Москалів ми били, будем бити знов.

#Lviv Opera. 2x Standing ovations acknowledge soldiers (some wia) in audience. Modest lead teared up when director noted his $ donations.

I think it would be a sensible use of everyone’s talents if we outsourced prison systems to the Russians. (Other ideas medicine to the Jews, governance to English, Management to Germans, Design to the French.)

Here’s an article about prison gangs in the US:

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