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Vlad Ovchynnikov
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Sorry for poisoning your feed with a link to facebook :) There will be a screening of excerpts of two fantastic films on #Ukraine this Saturday, at the Arlington Campus of George Mason University. There will be some notable commentators. If you are around DC this weekend - come join us, it is completely free. If not - invite your friends who are!

Hosted by Arlington Sister City Association. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1551208881818341/

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There will be a T-Shirt drive for military hospitals in Ukraine at the concert. If you come - and I hope you will - bring a t-shirt (new or gently used). 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anastasia-prykhodko-charity-tour-songs-for-peace-tickets-15679189879

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Anastasia Prikhodko in Charity Tour: Songs of Peace

March 2015, in many major US cities

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From all I hear she is a fantastic singer. And all proceeds go to Ukrainian non-profits.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anastasia-prykhodko-charity-tour-songs-for-peace-tickets-15679189879

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I was uneasy with Russian proxies in Ukraine being called "terrorists". I felt like we tried to use the word "terrorist" as "villain", "aggressor", playing on an image of West's most recent enemy, and depriving the word  of its actual meaning. To me, Putin's war in Ukraine didn't fit the definition of terrorism. Even the downing of MH17, while a hideous crime, was not an act of terror.
Yesterday, however, Russian forces in Ukraine became terrorists in the very literal meaning of this word. A Claymore-like mine was detonated in Kharkiv, killing 2 and wounding a dozen in a peaceful rally. There was nothing even remotely resembling a military target there - just a column of people with flags and signs. It was an act of terror in its most pure, overt form.
Most repulsively, the Russian segment of the Internet erupted with gloat. In a schizophrenic way that became their trademark Putin's supporters filled thread after thread with messages suggesting that a blast was long overdue, and assertions that Ukraine did it to itself to make Russia look bad.

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(Pro-)Russian forces killed 12 civilians and wounded more in a rocket attack today.
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An absolutely brilliant speech. Timothy Snyder touches on Ukrainian history, recent and current events, Putin's strategy and tactics, and what is at stake for the West. Hint: everything. 

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Excellent article on how Ukrainans crowdfund and crowdsource the defense of their country:

http://www.blueforcetracker.com/article/The-Crowdsourced-War-The-Professor

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If anyone is still not convinced that regular Russian army troops operate within Ukraine: http://youtu.be/v5SbQAjbsUo
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