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Ukraine’s red and black flag

While most national flags represent lofty concepts like fraternity, courage, patriotism, etc, Ukraine’s blue over yellow flag, perhaps reflective of our demeanor, is simply the sky over fields of wheat.

So we need something more serious when the shit hits the fan.

The red and black flag is an old Kozak flag representing blood on the earth. It was also used by Ukrainian partisans during WWII who fought both the Nazi and Soviet Armies, and resisted the Soviets into the mid 1950s.

Crazy Security at a Building Near Me

Not unusual to see casual security. Tonight’s was on the severe side, though not the most I’ve seen. Four black SUVs with tinted windows. All had the same first six digits of the eight alphanumeric digits on Ukrainian plates. They slowed about a hundred meters from the entrace of the building. Ten or so guys jumped out while the vehicles were still moving. They ran ahead and formed a small perimeter into which the four vehicles then entered. Good disciplined security. No crowding. No confusion. All the guys were facing out except for the few that seemed to go to the main vehicle.

I didn’t linger or try to see who it was. I think there are some heads of state, or their direct representatives visiting Ukraine right now. Perhaps it was one of them.