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November 25, 2004

Love, Faith and Hope in Ukraine


I wish everyone could understand the heart of what is going on in Ukraine--not simply the politics and history. This was written by my dear friend, Lena.

"Quite recently I didn't believe that my people able to resist to violence and humiliation. 2 month ago I guessed that I live in the worst country in the world. I was oppressed when I could not see a dignity in my fellow citizens, willingness to freedom and happiness. I considered that there are no passionaries in my country, and even when they appear all the rest start make propaganda: "they just have nothing to do" or "they just want to take the power". And for me was obviously that there are difference between Ukrainians who say "What can I do?..." and for example Americans who say "Just do it!" I hated that strong negative feeling rising inside me every time when I saw alcoholics or drug addicts urinating at a doorway, when I saw students who are timid to reject extortion of theirs corrupted professors, when I saw animal obedience of journalists and governmental administrators toward theirs masters who even don't pay them enough.

November, 22 I started to be really proud of my co-citizens. Now I can see that they are not passive mammals who want just to dig comfortable burrow, to generate they own posterity and to finish life in poverty, pretending that there is no another way. Since November, 22 there are not a crowd on the main square of my country. This is the PEOPLE. This is the NATION. Love, faith and hope filled up a whole space of capital of my country and warm these people who spend days and nights on the frost snowing streets instead to lie down on the sofa and watch "tamed" TV channels chewing sausage┘

And now I know for sure that there are a lot of us. But we are not only the force who able to be the opposition to criminals and cads. It can't be enough for me, I think. We are the people in the most exalted and humane sense of this word. And not only number turns us to be the force, but exactly these LOVE, FAITH and HOPE which live in everyone now.

Ukrainians, I am happy that I was so wrong about you before!"

--Olena Kornyeyeva, Ukrainian
November 25, 2004


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You see, that's the sort of thing that makes me feel all warm inside. It's impossible for any of us in western Europe or America to have any concept of what life's been like in Ukraine either before or since the fall of the USSR. But we sure as hell can understand that kind of feeling.

Damn good work TulipGirl, and damn good work Lena!

Posted by: Nosemonkey at November 25, 2004 11:48 PM

Thanks so much for posting that.

Posted by: Paul Baxter at November 26, 2004 01:07 AM

That's wonderful. Thank you Lena and TulipGirl.
Reading that brought tears to my eyes. I am so glad to share a continent with Ukraine (I am British) and I hope so much that we will share freedom and democracy. You must be so proud tonight - you were never cowards, it's just that the time hadn't come. Now it has, and my thoughts and hopes are with all Ukrainians.

Be proud, be strong, and don't give up until you've won!

Posted by: Amy at November 26, 2004 01:08 AM

That's a wonderful post! I'm praying for the people of Ukraine tonight!

Posted by: Mark at November 26, 2004 02:35 AM

People continually surprise me, and sometimes it's even worth having faith :) We're rooting for you all.

"The machinery of propaganda may pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of time, but the soul of man thus frozen in a long night can be awakened by a spark coming from God knows where, and in a moment the whole structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life." -Winston Churchill

Posted by: A Steve at November 26, 2004 02:54 AM

This helped me to understand what's happening more than anything else I've read. Thank you for posting this.

Posted by: Earth Girl at November 26, 2004 04:02 AM

Blessings on Lena, you her friends, and her energized countrymen! I'm praying for all in Ukraine, that the unjust will fall into their own traps, so to speak, and that the just will be as bold as lions--correct and courteous, but unyielding and persevering in their opposition to dishonesty and misdealing. And that they'll be warm! :-)

Posted by: Christina at November 26, 2004 05:02 AM

Lena you are an inspiration and knowing a bit about the depths to which Ukraine has been subjected to, it is indeed miraculous that the Orange Revolution is happening. I only hope that the rest of the world follows the lead and does not lie down on the sofa watching TV. Please provide support by emailing the UN, elected officials, press, media, - to let them know that that you support the protesters -- sending financial aid (http://www.razom.org.ua/en/news/4057/ or https://maidanua.org/eformd.html) or even just wearing Orange on Monday Nov. 29. Pass it on.

Posted by: Luda at November 26, 2004 05:30 AM

We view the events in the Ukraine with interest and hope. Your comments are very enlightening and give us insight on what occurs in the Ukraine something which isn't covered adequately in the American press. I wish Americans would stand up against the same forces of corruption as valiantly as have the Ukrainians. It was wonderful to hear you actually have honest journalists. We have people like CNN, the NY Times, the Guardian, who lack the backbone to report on events rather than to report their opinions. Keep reporting, this is a fascinating site.

Posted by: Thomas J. Jackson at November 26, 2004 08:18 AM

We view the events in the Ukraine with interest and hope. Your comments are very enlightening and give us insight on what occurs in the Ukraine something which isn't covered adequately in the American press. I wish Americans would stand up against the same forces of corruption as valiantly as have the Ukrainians. It was wonderful to hear you actually have honest journalists. We have people like CNN, the NY Times, the Guardian, who lack the backbone to report on events rather than to report their opinions. Keep reporting, this is a fascinating site.

Posted by: Thomas J. Jackson at November 26, 2004 08:18 AM

The world is with you All! Don't give up until you have the freedom that are rightfully yours! Thank you for the post!

Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to humanity.

President George W Bush January 28, 2003

Posted by: Ordi at November 26, 2004 08:31 AM

Great letter. Keep providing us with the voice of the real people. The politicians have the big media, we have people like you.

Posted by: Non Tibi Spiro at November 26, 2004 02:39 PM

Isn't it incredible how one sided the media coverage has been in this affair? Why so little perspective from the millions who voted the other way? Kiev isn't representative of popular opinion in the whole of Ukraine, anymore than the anti-Bush rallies in New York City were representative of popular opinion in the USA. Let's face it, many of these protesters in Ukraine wouldn't accept the other guy winning even if there were no doubts about the election.

People are citing exit-polls as proof of massive fraud in Ukraine, yet the USA had incredibly inaccurate exit-polls that showed Kerry winning decisively.

I hear people calling Yanikovich a "criminal" who was accused of crimes and imprisoned in Soviet times. But then you see the protesters wildly praising Lech Walesa, who was also accused of crimes and imprisoned in Soviet times, just like Alexander Solzhenitsyn was. Maybe being imprisoned in Soviet times isn't proof of being a bad guy...

I don't trust what I am being told in this affair at all.

Posted by: Susan at November 27, 2004 12:10 AM

Great essay! Thanks for the personal touch. Here in America I see good coverage of the events but it's played out as simple politics. At first, American media labeled the Orange as liberals but now they don't use labels.
Our state department, outgoing Secretary of State Colin Powell, is opposed to the election results. There's no mention of the people versus oligarch/corruption but our media and government doesn't want to draw attention to that tension in any nation because they are big money and corporate interest themselves.
I hope the calls for a new election prevail. Please find a way to include the miners. God bless and peace from the USA.

Posted by: Rob at November 27, 2004 12:17 AM


While you have a right to your opinion--you really are clueless about the reality of what is going on here in Ukraine.

The photos of Ukrainians in the streets of Kyiv, are NOT simply Kyivites--but are Ukrainians from every village and city in Ukarine. Khreshatyk is lined with buses. Cities around Ukraine are collecting warm winter clothes and supplies to send to those in Kyiv, when they cannot themselves come. That only those calling for reform are showing up to protest shows where the heart of the people of Ukraine is.

Your comparison between Solzhenitsyn and Yanukovich is laughable. Show me the commonality between a learned humanist and a hooligan who cannot even spell on his CV properly. Explain to me how dissidence and robbery with violent assault can be equated.

The corruption in this election was widespread and clear--not simply "exit polls" like you say. Read the primary documents, then maybe you will sound as if you actually have a clue about what is going on here.

Posted by: TulipGirl at November 27, 2004 01:07 AM

Girls, thanks for the sweet site. This is important for others outside to get a feel for what's going on over there and many of us care. Unfortunately there is very little the caring people of the world can do, most of our governments are out of control of the people and we have our own problems, just not so acute yet. Looking at the news coming out of Ukraine from othjer sources I'd say it is time to duck for cover. This may even be too late. Good luck.

Posted by: Rabbit at November 27, 2004 02:54 AM

Hold the line, folks -- forever vigilant!

Godspeed to the good people of Ukraine!

Posted by: Mike at November 28, 2004 05:04 AM

Dear Lena:

I have read your article and highly commend you for it.

My name is Roberto Alvarez and I am a citizen of the United States of America, residing in the state of New Jersey. I am originally from Cuba and migrated to the United States approximately forty-one (41) years ago, in pursuit of life and liberty and away from a Communist form of government. We, Cubans, empathize with you and the feelings you express in your letter. I wanted to thank you for sticking to democratic ideologies. May God bless you and all the Ukranians!

Posted by: Roberto Alvarez at December 4, 2004 05:06 AM

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