The Ukrainian Word List and original YouTube vocab clip is the place to find out more about the Vocab. This is one of my early subjects, so each word is linked to an article, rather than on article with them all in order. Have a browse of them to get some Ukraine (and war in general) vocab under your belt. My daily YouTube above will be transcribed right here tomorrow.
Good morning, good morning. No video yesterday. I was busy getting ready for my inauguralMidwinter BBQ which went very well, I thank you.
Today, Ukraine. Let's talk about Ukraine. I've seen it popping up in the news, so I thought I
would do another little talk about Ukraine.
Three articles, as always, and the transcript and the links will be up tomorrow.
The first article is a very sad article about Kommunar. It's a mining town, but that's all gone
with the war and the conflict, and the downturn. Now the people are there; got no money, no food, no medicine. They say, 'What's the point of living because it's all so bad.'
What this points out is that yes, at the moment Germany and France are trying very hard to broker a peace deal. Even if they are successful, once that's done, what happens to
Ukraine. I mean the place, so many parts of it are shot right now. There's so much money
and investment needed to get it back to what it was. Even when that's back, there's been a
lot of hatred generated, and a lot of people not liking each other, so there's a lot of fixing of
that to do.
This whole Ukraine thing, it wouldn't have... Propaganda, arms, finance. Those three things have made this thing as big as it was (is). If it didn't have all those three things then this
would have just been not such a big deal. You've got Ukrainian rebels - the separatist rebels - they're throwing Ukrainian soldiers in the mud and cutting off their Ukrainian insignia and
making them eat them. There you go. It's all sad.
Next one. The West are arguing. Obama, he wants to send more guns into the Ukraine to
help Ukraine deal with the separatists. Merkel, from Germany, she says no. That would be
like pouring oil on the fire. What you've got to understand is that though the U.S. is saying
we are just giving the guns to Ukraine to sort out their problems with the separatists, Russia
is backing the separatists, so it would be a direct front, so it's tough.
Merkel from Germany, she's the only person who's got anything near a relationship with
Vladimir Putin. He doesn't want to talk to anyone else. So she's trying very hard. Her and
Hollande, the French president.
For me, what looks good, the rebels and the Ukrainian army, they agreed on a humanitarian corridor. They agreed to stop fighting. There were a bunch of people stuck with no food and no heating, they couldn't get out because of the fighting. They agreed to stop fighting so
people could get through on buses, so if they can agree to that maybe they can agree to
Couple of points at the end of this article, Ukraine's currency - which I'm not going to try and pronounce - is now the world's worst performing currency. The bottom dropped out of it the other day. And at the bottom of this link there is a YouTube clip showing in 60 seconds,
Vladimir Putin's highs and lows of 2014.
Last article, I put this in because it made me happy, someone is trying to do the good thing. I mentioned on another video about a Ukrainian robot start up firm, good news, making me
happy.... Someone else knows people need to read good news about Ukraine. Zanna
Kobylinska, she started the 'Ukrainian Good News blog'. I had a very quick look at it. Some
good news in Ukraine is now they are hosting a mountain bike competition; one of their
students won the Polish International Student competition; and Tunisia is now
visa free for Ukrainians. Someone trying to put out good news in the midst of all this bad
news. Good on her. I hope she has more things to fill her blog with going forward.
Thank you very much. See you tomorrow.