One year ago, 42 million human lives were interrupted at 3:40 a.m. in late winter, when the genocidal Russian mafia state attacked Ukraine. I am listening right now to the Polish internet radio, Nowy Świat (New World). In addition to the usual superb music, they are providing a broad coverage of the conflict from the human and animal welfare side. Today they also aired a Ukrainian rap song "Fuck Putin."
|Civilian homes are regularly destroyed by the Russians. Source: The Ukrainian Red Cross.|
A year ago, 10 million Ukrainians crossed the Polish border. The Polish civil society self-organized instantly, not waiting for the government and NGOs to step in. It is important to understand that at the peak this nation of 38 million people received and housed 4 million Ukrainians, while others continued west. Ordinary people had let refugees into their apartments, and gave them their second, rental or vacation homes. All on their own dime.
Thousands of Poles drove into Ukraine in their cars to transport back the sick and homeless people, and thousands of displaced or abandoned animals. Today many of these people and most animals still live in Polish homes. The report about animals so stressed out that they almost died brought me to tears. Some of them barely recovered after one year. One little Colie dog, for example, still cannot travel by car, where he throws up from stress. He travelled to Poland for 30 hours non stop by car. He only feels safe when both of his new owners are together in one room.
Contrast this Polish attitude with the utter selfishness of too many Republicans in the US. When criminals are killing innocent people, women and children, you do not air your grievances, wait and equivocate. Ask yourselves this question: Scaling up to the US population, would Americans let 35 millions of refugees into their homes?
Today, in Poland they are raising money for the freezing and hungry Ukrainian children under the banner: "So that teddy bear will not be cold." Remember this. You might donate to the Ukrainian Red Cross, where we donate, https://redcross.org.ua/en/
|Iryna Filkina (age 52) was shot by Russian soldiers when riding her bicycle through Bucha to get home. Iryna's body was recognized later by a makeup artist who painted her nails in bright red.|
|Russians protesting in Tbilisi on February 24, 2023.|
|The Eiffel Tower in my beloved Paris was illuminated with the colors of the Ukrainian flag on Thursday, February 23, 2023. Credit Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA, via Shutterstock.|