|Visits to blogs from Ukraine are non-existent today.|
When I agreed to have my blogs translated into a variety of languages and then disseminated over the internet, I did not completely understand the impact it would have. Those who live in Ukraine have been some of my most frequent readers on all four of my blogs. Their numbers have been rising on my blog following the events of the last couple of weeks. Late yesterday however, no more Ukrainian subscribers were found on my blog. I think that it's possible, if not probable that internet access has been cut to Ukraine prior to some type of an invasion. I did not post this, as I don't want to post speculation, but it appears this morning that I may have been correct.
This morning, CNN is reporting that there is fighting along some borders with Ukraine and that Russia has "full operational control of the Crimea". The Russians are continuing to say that they are there to protect and to serve those in the Crimea and that their base there gives them a strategic interest in what happens there.
Still, Ukrainian reservists are being gathered as the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev sees the Russian actions as ac "Act of War".
|This graphic is the word product and property of the Associated Foreign Press or AFP This is what we know as of yesterday.|
Our prayers go out to individuals and families in Ukraine who are living with uncertainty, a cloud of war and interruptions in essential services, as well as shops being closed. May each of you have been prepared enough to weather this "storm of man". May the rest of us look to Ukraine to understand that the world is an uncertain place and that preparation against storms of nature, and storms of man, are always wise. Best wishes to you all.
UPDATE: This afternoon our time in Virginia, a few people have been able to access our blog from Ukraine. Take care, everyone.