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Crimea Women for Peace

Crimea women for peace. Photo by krymtatar.in.ua

Finally everyone in the world knows Crimea, my beautiful Crimea, a multinational territory located in the South of Ukraine… or… it was located?.. Who we are now and who we will become after Crimean referendum on March 16? Time will show.

The last months changed my motherland significantly, the last weeks changed it irreversibly. The boarders of Crimean peninsula are guarded by militarists in “unidentified uniform that anyone can buy in a regular store”. Probably in the same store where they sell armored troop-carriers.

Local authorities announced independency of autonomy. Ukrainian tv channels are blocked. Reporters Without Borders appeal to Crimean authorities to find disappeared journalists. Flights to and from Kyiv are canceled. Cossacks in theatrical hats guard the building of Crimean parliament. Streets are full with pro-Russian propaganda. Continental Ukraine threats with sanctions for what is happening in Crimea. Police asks people to be careful and not give documents to others because of the incidents when strangers tore passports. Referendum to decide where Crimea wants to be – in Russia or in Ukraine – will take place on March 16. We can only guess about the transparency of the process.

Everything looks like in a surreal movie. In the middle of these scenes an International Women’s Day brought Crimean women to the streets. “The most important for us now is to avoid the war”, they say. The movement is called “Crimea Women for Peace”. The main their appeal is to keep Crimea safe and avoid a war conflict. By different data, demonstration that took place all over Crimea gathered several thousands of women of different nationalities who want safe and peaceful future for their children.

Crimea women against war! Crimean women for peace!

Photo by Radio Svoboda
Photo by Reuters

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kellyannaustin's picture

Irnya, My heart is with you

Irnya,

My heart is with you during this unbelievably difficult time. I wish I had the words to express my sympathy with you and my dismay that there is so little I can do. Please know I wish you peace, democracy and freedom!

A sister from far away,

Kelly

Iryna's picture

Dear Kelly, thank you so much

Dear Kelly, thank you so much for your words! This is really a very difficult time and the only what we can do is to wait and hope for peace and changing the situation for better. Also is a big question what is better for us now.

Warmest regards and hugs,
Iryna

louise pare's picture

Sharing your story

Iryna, I am so glad to be friends with you here. I have posted your story to my FB page so that all my friends can read your words and be inspired by you.

I keep wondering how my friends in Cherkasy and Kiev are doing. I pray every day for all my friends in Ukraine including you and all those who are your beloveds. I trust that the ancient and always with us love of the Divine Mother of the Trypillian cultures and other pre-patriarchal civilizations that sourced Ukraine is a stronger force than violence.
May her love and courage that lives within your deepest soul continue to give you strength and perseverance.

With love in our sisterhood,
Louise in Ashland, OR, USA

Louise

Iryna's picture

Louise, and I am so glad to

Louise, and I am so glad to be your friend! It always touches my heart when I can feel united and feel support from the other side of the earth. Thank you so much for your words!
As you probably know the situation here changes extremely fast, and it is difficult and often stressfully to follow all these changes. The only thing I hope is that everything will be fixed soon, changed for better and we will have even more opportunities than before.

Sending to you my warm hugs,
Iryna

SallyB's picture

Wow

Iryna, Thank you so much for reporting from your country during this time. It's such important work that you're doing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, all the way from Oregon, USA.

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