2022 Armitage Weekly Round-up #8

The world as it is today cannot go unmentioned even here in this ‘happy place’. With Russia invading Ukraine, war has become tangible in Europe. I am old enough to feel catapulted back in the times of the Cold War. Even though I was a child back then, I was keenly aware of an ever-present threat – due to living in the centre of Europe, right at the line that marked the border between East and West. Yesterday I found it hard to concentrate on anything else but what is currently happening in Ukraine, and how the situation could escalate. We are hosting a very good friend of ours this evening, who has been based in the Donbass region for work for the last three years. Coincidentally (and luckily) he left the region just prior to the escalation. But I can’t wait to speak to him tonight and get his assessment of the situation.

The colours of Ukraine, although the photo was taken in Namibia

I also can’t stop thinking of our fan sisters in Ukraine and Russia. Those who are suffering right now in the war zone and those who cannot speak up for fear of reprisal. We have a fandom member right in the centre of Kyiv, and she tweeted about the situation on Thursday.

You can read a translated version of her 3-part tweet when you click on the embedded tweet above and go to Twitter directly (The translation function should be visible in blue underneath the tweet). While you are there, please consider giving her a message of support ❤️. As usual, when faced with both natural and man-made disaster, it feels as if we are helpless. But we can stand together against war and dictatorship, put pressure on our governments to act against this aggression on a sovereign nation, and we can support by making our opinion heard and by spreading information such as the waived visa requirements in many European countries, Ireland among them.

Donations are a first step, as well. I have chosen the UNHCR for now, but all major charities are currently appealing for monetary help. Some well-known charities to consider:

There are doubtlessly also national charities in your own country that are collecting donations for Ukraine. The site for the Ukrainian Red Cross is down, but they are probably a good option for getting the funds straight to where they are needed.

I hope this war is ended before it escalates any further. I don’t want any blood shed, no mother to cry, neither on the side of the Ukrainians, nor the Russians. Peace in Ukraine NOW, Russia must pull out.

Is it frivolous to now move on to the regular Saturday round-up? I certainly do not mean it to be! Here we go.

  1. Damaged Goods by middleearthpixie is now on ch. 44 and I have a lot of catching up to do
  2. Given the situation the world is in rn, I pretty much feel like Guy in this gif set by riepu10
  3. Lucas in a suit – a great distraction. Gifs by mezzmerizedbyrichard
  4. Achrisevansandrichardarmitagefan has it down to a tee… female protagonists in period dramas… *sigh*
  5. Astrovian notices Ray’s hairless arms…
  6. Screenshots from the recently published Tongue Twister Challenge with Richard in his charity shop jumper. Posted by richardarmitagefanpage
  7. And here as a moving image, giffed by riepu10
  8. And yet another picture set from the challenge, this time by astrovian – and for the massive pompadour 😂
  9. Dragon!Thorin!!!! Who would’ve thought there is such a thing! Drawn by citrusro
  10. How far would *you* go for the chance of seeing RA on stage (again)… Astrovian is worrying already 😉
  11. Not Mr Thornton himself, but by association… a fun edit of Mama Thornton by withlovemuffin
  12. 😂 Yep, Guy has it down. What a Guy Wants by nfcomics
  13. The height difference between Thorin and Arwen… fan art by fistfuloflightning

There we go. And now back to reality.

Still wishing you all a peaceful weekend!

Sonja ☮️

53 thoughts on “2022 Armitage Weekly Round-up #8

  1. Can I add to your above links for charities, please. Consider your local baby bank (operates similar to a food bank) and provides clothing, equipment and toiletries to families with children in need, who will be working with agencies who are assisting refugees if/when they arrive.

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    • That is a very good idea, Hobbit. I saw a picture yesterday of a baby having been born overnight while the mother was sheltering in the metro. 😓 What a world these babies are born into…

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  2. Hi Guylty, may I request that you please ask your friend for information because a friend of mine from Kiew has fled her home at 4 o clock in the morning on thursday when hearing the first detonations near her flat and is on the road since. Friday early morning she arrived at the end of the traffic jam 10 km from the border to Poland on the Krakowez border crossing. From Friday morning until now (Saturday afternoon 16:20 local time) she has been in the car inching forward only 6 km in total but it is getting slower and slower instead of better. So she is still about 4km away from the checkpoint in the trafic jam and while yesterday the queue of cars was moving forward every 20 minutes or so now its only every hour or so. cctv from the border crossing shows also hundreds of pedestrians with bags and prams or carrying small children trying to get across on foot. sometimes border control clears a path and a few black cars following a police car are hastened through (probably diplomats from Lviv where most embassies from Kiew had relocated to). So if your friend has any contacts in the region, any information at all how to best get across the border to poland or hungary, please post it here or if you prefer not to post this can you please let me know via email? Thanks a lot! any information might be helpful!

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    • Hi Anja – what a horrific story. It is all nightmarish to the extreme. I will definitely ask my friend what his assessment is and what his recommendations are. Will report back here. Meanwhile wishing your friend all the best – hope she stays safe and makes it across to safety. And also: thank you to Poland for keeping the border open and letting Ukrainians in. You are right there at the coal face now.

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    • The queues are becoming very long. Alternative routes: Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. But she, as I understand it, was already 4 km ahead of the border. So I hope she’s already in Poland. Some people leave their cars and go on foot the last kilometers, so that’s why there are also pedestrians there (in Medyka 2700 people). Waiting times on polish border now: (car) Dorohusk 70 h (↑ 20h), Medyka 65 h (↑ 5h), Korczowa 50 h (↑ 15h), Krościenko 26 h (↑ 1h), Zosinie 24 h (- h), Budomierz 23 h (↓ 1h), Dołhobyczowie 20 h (- h) oraz w Hrebenne 20 h (- h). (bus) w Zosinie 6 h (↑ 6h), Budomierzu 6 h(↓ 4h), Korczowej 5 h (↑ 3h), Medyce 5 h (- h) oraz w Hrebennem 4 h (↑ 1h).
      The Warsaw helpline +48 505 700 701
      Sonja, sorry for posting this here in response to Anja’s question. If you want to get it out of here then do that. The Warsaw hotlines for Ukrainian citizens are on my twitter.

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      • Graza, thank you very very much for the info! no, she is not past the border yet. only 100m inchinig forward in the last hour but at least it is indeed still moving forward. cctv is showing much much more pedestrians there on the Krakowez side now as well. I cannot do much else from Austria but collecting information and letting my friend know. We are very happy that internet and mobile communications is still working in Ukraine. One time her queue of cars had stopped alltogether for over 2 hours and I think it helped that I could tell her, that, yes I see on cctv that people and cars are still moving in direction of the polish border and no it does not look like they are turning people back. because this was her greatest fear. spending days in the car and then be forced to turn back (even if “just” back to another border crossing to hungary, but there the waiting would start all over again of course and the way to another border crossing is not said to be safe as there are explosions as far west as Lviv)

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        • Anja, you wrote that she is waiting in Krakowez so I guess she is in in Korczowa-Krakowiec. Waiting time now 50 h (but since she has lined up yesterday it might be 35h).
          Reception point (help point) for the border crossing in Korczowa-Krakowiec on the Polish side: Common room (Świetlica), Korczowa 155, 37-552 Korczowa. They offer: food, medical assistance and referral to temporary accommodation.
          Hotline for information and help for Ukrainian citizens: +48 47 721 75 75
          Information pages:
          https://www.gov.pl/web/mswia-en/information-for-refugees-from-ukraine
          https://www.gov.pl/web/udsc/ukraina

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          • yes exactely, the crossing Korczowa (PL) – Krakowez (UA). at the rate the queue of cars is moving forward now, we estimated that she will need another 30 hours for the last 3,4 km she has left. thank you very much for the links and phone numbers and additional information!

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            • Talked to my friend. He was not familiar with that particular border crossing. Said that he didn’t know of alternatives and reckoned that the situation is the same everywhere. Best thing to Do is to stay put with car, assuming that your friend has got belongings she wants to bring. Border processing probably takes a long time because they are not letting everyone in but are filtering unwanted elements out. Hope your friend keeps moving forward and crosses the border tomorrow!

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              • Thank you for asking and for the update. News reports suggest, that the border crossing at Medyka is even worse regarding waiting time. “A CNN team on the ground joined the queue but only moved just under half a mile (0.8 kilometers) in 70 minutes, a rate that meant it would have taken them more than 60 hours to cross the border.” but there’s no help for it. Yes she has supplies and has decided to put up with the wait and not abandon the car if at all possible. The main problem right now is mundane but critical: not to fall asleep in the stop and go traffic (being in the car since Thursday early morning with almost no sleep since then). And the mood is very tense of course. Even though most people just seem resigned and carrying on as good as possible, she also saw violence happening to someone who seemed to have tried to jump the queue and others completely smashed his car for that: windows, headlights, mirrors, everything that would break.

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                • I had not even considered that – having to stay awake because the queue is moving, even if only every 30 minutes. I wish people could’ve teamed up and taken turns in the car or something like that.

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      • Thank you for this information, Graza, and no worry about posting that here. I am fully on board!
        What I don’t understand is why there are these long waiting times? Are people being processed – names, addresses etc. taken, for administrative purposes? Is that why there is no faster flow?

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        • Thank you, Sonja. It should go faster. But only today until 3 p.m. 50,000 people crossed the border, so long traffic jams form (Stau). There is also the first control on the Ukrainian side. All car border crossings are also open to pedestrians now. The border may also be crossed by persons without an identity document, but it might be blocking the queue. You can bring pets without any documentation.

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          • the traffic jam is mostly still moving at Krakowez – Korczova border. there was no movement between 4 o clock in the morning and about half past five. but then the slow stop and go resumed. my friend is about 1km away from the checkpoint now. there are many military green trucks going the other direction, possibly suppies from EU countries. We are all hoping it moves on steadily from now and that she can cross today 🤞🤞🤞🤞 Sorry for hijacking your comment section like that. I thank you for your additional information! I will let you know when she is across!

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            • Anja, are there good news for your friend yet? It’s 6 hours since you posted this comment, and I have been thinking about your friend…
              And btw – anybody please hijack any of my comment sections. If this is helping anyone over in Ukraine right now, then that is all that counts.

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              • She is between the border fence and the buildings for customs, so in sight of Poland but not quite there yet…the line is at a standstill with no apparent reason. Let’s hope things will soon get moving again!

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          • Dear Graza, sorry to bother you again but do you know anything about Poland’s border guards sending ukrainian cars back because they have no green car insurance card (this confirmation that you have mandatory car insurance). It was reportet since about half past 4 in the morning in some german media but all with the exactely same text, so one copying from the other apparently (https://www.tagesspiegel.de/politik/ukrainer-an-der-grenze-aufgehalten-fehlende-kfz-papiere-stoppen-flucht/28110624.html). I googled and it should be possible also to get this green insurance card right on the border – so I don’t know why they would not be telling people to get it there but sending them back!? Graza, can you tell me how it is called in Polish language? that might help, if my friend can ask a borderguard directly: “Where can I get the green insurance card for my car?” is this about right: Gdzie mogę otrzymać zieloną kartę ubezpieczenia mojego samochodu?

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            • Anja, Green Card heißt: zielona karta. Somit ist dein Satz korrekt: Gdzie mogę otrzymać zieloną kartę ubezpieczenia mojego samochodu? Normalerweise fragen sie danach, aber ich zweifle, dass sie das auch jetzt tun. Versuche das festzustellen. Und wenn das benötigt werden sollte, ob ich es online für deine Bekannte kaufen kann. Ich glaube, dass wird online bis 18 Uhr gehen, wenn ich die Wagendaten habe. Du kannst auch DM an mich schicken @Graza5Graza. Kann zwar nicht immer eingeloggt werden, aber ich versuch deine Nachrichten so oft wie möglich zu lesen.
              Die Linien bilden sich auch, weil die ukrainische Seite wegen des Krieges strenger kontrolliert und Männer im Alter von 18 bis 60 nicht durchlässt. Die Situation wurde in der Nacht immer schwieriger, weil unheimlich große Menschenmengen an der Grenze erschienen sind. Die polnische Seite versucht die ukrainischen um Beschleunigung zu bitten.

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            • Anja, no green card is needed. Ich habe mich grade erkundigt. Die Dame in der Infolinie sagte mir, dass danach an der Grenze nicht gefragt wird. Das war früher so, aber seit Ausbruch des Krieges nicht mehr. Und dass selbst ihre eigene Bekannte grade auch ohne diese Versicherung die Grenze mit dem Auto überquert hat.

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              • Vielen Dank, dass du nachgefragt hast! meine Freundin ist jetzt seit etwa einer Stunde hinter dem Ukrainischen Grenzzaun (dort wo sie keine ukrainischen Männer zwischen 18 und 60 durch lassen) und in einer Autoschlange vor den Abfertigungsgebäuen auf der polnischen Seite. Bisher bewegt sich nichts vorwärts, aber immerhin, Polen ist in Sichtweite!

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                  • THEY ARE FINALLY OVER THE BORDER! 😀 20:01 local time arrived in Poland!!! This means about 59 hours after arriving at the back of the traffic jam on Friday morning and 88 hours after starting to drive in Kiew. Thank you all for your support! I am relieved but at the same time very very worried for all the others still stuck in traffic on the Ukranian side or arriving on foot there. On CCTV I see soooo many people milling around in the cold (and it has started to snow nasty wet snow at about 15:00 in the afternoon today) right in front of the border fence and in the middle of the roundabout there.

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                    • Great news. I am so glad to read this. At least this Ukrainian is now safe. You are an amazing friend, Anja, for getting involved in a practical way, even from so far away! Please send your friend our best wishes for easy further travelling and a safe and warm place to stay while she cannot return to Ukraine!

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                • Hoffentlich ist sie jetzt an der polnischen Seite. Dann wird es ihr helfen sich in dem sog. Reception point (help point, Punkt recepcyjny) in Korczowa zu melden: Common room (Świetlica), Korczowa 155, 37-552. Das ist zwar keine Pflicht, aber dort kann meine erste Hilfe bekommen und dort stellt man auch den Antrag auf den Flüchtlingsstatus. Es wird noch ein zweiter größerer Punkt dort seit einem Tag vorbereitet in: Hala Kijowska. Aber ich weiß nicht, ob er schon offen ist, müsste nachfragen. In dem Reception point kann sie auch nach der SIMCard Plus nachfragen. Dieser Telekommunikationsanbieter (Plus) verteilt dort diese Karten umsonst und damit hat sie auch kostenlose Gespräche und kostenlosen Zugang zum Internet. Man muss nur sagen, dass man das bekommen möchte. Sonst werden sie die Gespräche mit der ukrainischen Karte viel kosten. Die grüne Versicherungskarte für den Wagen kann man dann nach der Einreise am beliebigen Verkaufsort für diese Versicherungen kaufen. Ich hoffe, dass ihr da auch gesagt wird, wo das zu finden ist. Anja, sollte deine Bekannte irgendwelche Hilfe brauchen, sag bitte Bescheid, ich werde versuchen zu helfen.

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                  • Graza, vielen vielen lieben Dank! Ja, sie ist kurz nach 20:00 Uhr endlich über die Grenze gekommen! Sie hat jetzt für in der EU auch ein Handy mit österreichischer SIM-Karte, weil wir das schon im Herbst, als sie zu Besuch war und die Krise zwischen Putin und Ukraine schon absehbar war, geregelt haben. Dennoch ist die Information sehr wertvoll für andere Personen, die versuchen mit einem der Flüchtlingszüge von Lviv nach Przemysl zu gelangen. Ich werde alle deine Infos weitergeben! Ganz herzlichen Dank!

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                    • Anja, das ist eine super Nachricht, dass sie endlich die Grenze durchqueren konnte. Und nichts zu danken, falls jemandem irgendwelche Infos helfen werden, freue ich mich. In Przemyśl ist auf dem Bahnhof selbst ein Reception point eingerichtet worden.
                      Andere Telekommanbieter, T-mobile, Orange, Play, bieten den kostenlosen Zugang jetzt auch (ich glaube für 100 Tage). T-mobile hat eine Informationsseite darüber auf Ukrainisch:
                      https://www.t-mobile.pl/c/pakiety-dla-ukrainy/ua

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                  • Graza – an dieser Stelle ein riesiges Kompliment an dich für die tatkräftige Unterstützung. Was sich hier heute in den Kommentaren abgespielt hat, ist einfach wunderbar. Informationsaustausch und Hilfsbereitschaft, obwohl man sich nicht mal persönlich kennt. Die Krise bringt das Beste aus der Menschheit hervor. Auch, wenn es nicht für mich war, ein Dankeschön an dich für deinen Einsatz. Das muss einfach mal gesagt werden.

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                    • Ja, Danke, Danke, Danke! Und Guylty, auf dein letztes Kommentar im oberen Verlauf: Ja, für eine Unterkunft ist jetzt mal gesorgt und sobald sie in Wien sind, können sie erst mal bei mir wohnen und morgen gehen wir dann die Bürokratie an. Ich bin ein bisschen enttäuscht von Österreich, dass es einstweilen keine offiziellen Aussagen gibt, dass die die Visa-Pflicht aussetzen oder so (allgemeines Danke an Irland an dieser Stelle) und auch die ganze Asyl-Geschichte ist bei uns im Land hier ja völlig irre. Wenn sie z.B. Asyl beantragt, dann muss sie in ein Asylerstaufnahmezentrum gehen und kann nicht einfach bei mir wohnen. In diese Asylzentren könnte sie aber Hund und Katze nicht mitnehmen (ja, die sind auch seit Donnerstag früh mit im Auto…) und ganz allgemein sind die Asylerstaufnahmezentren einfach ganz furchtbar (sanitäre Bedingungen etc 🤢 🤮 … wenig Rücksicht darauf, dass dort dann Leute verschiedenster ethnischer Herkunft mit teilweise frischen Kriegserfahrungen und teilweise generationenlangen Feindschaften auf engstem Raum leben müssen – na no na ned kommt es dort auch immer wieder zu Gewalt; das ist den österreichischen Medien dann aber entweder keinen Bericht wert (die eher linken Medien) oder es wird gleich mit dem “Spin” diese BÖSEN FLÜCHTLINGE versehen (rechte Medien) – zum Kotzen!) Also Ich versuche mal sie da draußen zu halten, aber ohne Asylantrag gibt es halt auch keine Krankenversicherung etc. Morgen versuchen wir mehr herauszufinden. Meine Idee war: vielleicht irgendetwas passendes an der Uni zu inskribieren (Studiengebühren sind ja zum Glück sehr moderat in Ö) und für Studenten gibt es sehr günstige Möglichkeiten zur Selbstversicherung und dann halt schauen, wie sie sich mit selbstständigen Jobs über Wasser halten kann (Übersetzungsaufträge, Videobearbeitung und so halt). Es wird sich schon eine Lösung finden! Aber mir tut echt das Herz weh, wenn ich an all die anderen Flüchtlinge (nicht nur aus der Ukraine, einfach alle, die nicht zuhause in Frieden leben können!!!) denke, die nicht einmal im entferntesten solche Möglichkeiten haben.

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                    • Sonja, nichts zu danken, habe ich sehr gern gemacht. Anja ist diejenige, die tatkräftigt geholfen hat.
                      And thank you Sonja for the Round-up. It is a great distraction, so thank you all.

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    • The least that can be done. And as I already said on Anja’s comment – my thanks go to Poland for keeping their border open. And all other bordering countries, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. We need to get as many people safe as possible.

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      • Yes, at least in this case. The other cases still break my heart. I am so sorry and ashamed for that. Our NGOs, thanks to the support of many people, were allredy then ready to help and they still are. They didn’t let us help.
        Moldova, as a neighbor, is also welcoming of any refugees from Ukraine. Also Ireland and so many other countries. Yes, we need to get as many people safe as possible.
        That all also catapulted me back in the times of the Cold War too, to the childhood on the other side of the iron curtain, a terrible feeling.

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          • I am terrified. And I hate that people are using this as an occasion to lash out at other people. I’ve seen so much shit on Twitter today. It is so demoralizing. 😢

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            • It is frightening – especially because there is no telling how the dictator is going to act. My hope is actually for active civil disobedience in Russia itself. Putin needs to be stopped – from within as much as from the outside.

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  3. This is all hell 😔 alli can think of apart from writing to elected representatives to keep putting official pressure on is donating to charities to help people on the ground especially displaced etc. Very sadly this will go on so any help over weeks will be important I hope. Neighbouring countries have prepared to received people so hopefully they can get there safely. I just hope the pressures, hopefully also internal ones stop the nutter from escalating further for the sake of all those people engaged and affected by conflict. It’s just horrific, not just the loss of life but the long term destruction of the country and homes. I think we really shouldn’t feel guilty about a bit of distraction as between pandemic and this it’s hard to even function daily 😕 we need the breaks to go on. Thankful to you for pulling this together ❤️ xx

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    • It is hellish, indeed. And I feel helpless, apart from spreading information and donating money. (Which sometimes feels like merely soothing a guilty conscience.) I am so glad to see Romania keeping the border open, allowing people to get to safety.

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    • That’s exactly it. I don’t want any deaths, on either side, even on the side of the aggressor. I find this all so sad, so disappointing, so unbelievable even. The helplessness is so demoralising, even for onlookers like me. I can’t even begin to feel what it is like for the Ukrainians. Putin must be stopped.

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      • He is forcing everyone‘s hand. I am absolutely against war and violence, but faced with this, there is no alternative but to meet force with force. My heart breaks for all the victims. Despicable man.

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      • RE deaths on either side: I have been monitoring the news very closely the last days and also trying to get a broad picture to try and filter out propaganda as best as I can but of course media wants the extremes and then you find quotes of the soldiers of both sides wishing hell onto each other and it makes me so ANGRY! At BOTH sides! Like, unreasonably angry, like I want to go there and beat sense into every single soldier on BOTH sides and send them home “What are you doing here! Don’t you see this is all crazy! How can you say “I wish they all burn for invading my country!” (from a CNN news report quoting an Ukrainian soldier after his battallion successfully stopped a line of advancing russion trucks with the kind of ammunition that sets everything ablaze) and the same nightmarish quotes from the russian side about other attacks…AAAARRG! ….if only it was that simple 😢 “Stell dir vor es ist Krieg und keiner geht hin.”

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        • Horrifying and disgusting. I guess they are working themselves up in order to justify the killing. And your last sentence is exactly what I am thinking: What if those Russian soldiers said “I’m not going to get myself killed – or kill others – for the dictator”! Stopping the war from within!

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          • they – or at least some of them – didn’t even know they were going to war. the Russian side told the yoing soldiers that they were going on a military exercise!

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  4. Es ist zu hoffen, dass die jetzigen Visumsvorgaben vielleicht ausreichen. Ich bin da (vermutlich naiver) Optimist. 90 Tage kann deine Freundin ja auf jeden Fall in Österreich bleiben. Und ich habe gelesen, dass nach Ablauf der Zeit auf Grund der Kriegssituation auch keine strafrechtliche Verfolgung stattfindet. Wenn ihr das mit der Uni regeln könnt, wäre das ein idealer Aufenthaltsgrund. Finde ich toll, dass du sie erstmal bei dir aufnehmen kannst. Auf jeden Fall ist das besser als ein Wohnheim 😱 Ich hoffe, das wird von den EU-Staaten in Kürze auch alles flächendeckend geklärt. Das sind wir den Ukrainern schuldig!

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  5. Thank you for sharing. Dark times indeed…Hopefully things will get better soon and they can go back to contemplate more diplomatic solutions. The damage is done but hopefully it won’t escalate too much.

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  6. I am following all the news, apparently BBC reporting on large rally in Berlin to halt the war.
    I am hoping all the sanctions will have some effect.

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