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Comment: Re:A Fish rots from the head down (Score 1) 161

No, I said what I meant. Eastern Ukraine. Not the war zone, because it is just a part of Eastern Ukraine. If I wanted to say "war zone", I would have said so. My basic communication skills are good enough and you are the first person who has interpreted me like this. So it is your reading comprehension that is malfunctioning. Please don't project your own problems on me.

If you said "I went to Fukushima" then it would mean that you went to the Fukushima perfecture, or maybe to the city of Fukushima, which is still outside the exclusion zone. So the problem we have here exists only in your head. And if I say to you that a visit to Pripyat and Chernobyl is next on the list, presumably in mid-October when I have more time, then this is what it is.

Your problem is that you absolutely cannot admit that you were wrong. Instead you weasel around, move the goalposts, accuse others of being liers and and generally hurl more insults. Like I said, go visit a therapist. You might not recognise it, but you really need professional help.

Comment: Re:A Fish rots from the head down (Score 1) 161

*double facepalm*

The territory is heavily urbanized and commonly associated with the Donbas. The three largest metropolitan cities form an industrial triangle within the region. Among the major cities are:

        Kryvyi Rih

Central Ukraine starts at about Poltava so it seems that the only ignoramus here are yourself.
I seriously doubt that you have managed anything, besides of hurling baseless insults at other people. From how you communicate here, you'd be 16 at most writing out your parents' basement, having that teenage rebellious phase right now. Seriously, grow up. Get some universal education. Learn a few languages. Go and see more of the world. Then we can have a discussion on eye level. And for fuck's sake, stop being hysterical if you want people to actually take you seriously. If you can't do it by yourself, go see a therapist.

Comment: Re:A Fish rots from the head down (Score 1) 161

There are other cities in Eastern Ukraine than Donetsk and Lugansk. Kharkiv and Dnipropetrovsk for example. There is no war there. Life there goes on as usual, the only exception is that there are soldiers now at the central railway stations, which was not the case three years ago. Also some right sector recruitment boots - unheard of previously. And yes, these cities were more pleasant than Kiev. Cleaner, better looked after, even though both are actually heavy on industry - for example Kharkiv is defined by its tank and aerospace factories (wanted to visit Khartron, but, alas, no entry for foreigners). Also people were generally more relaxed. Kiev had more historical sites, but otherwise the city is fugly and dirty. The all-encompassing poverty is also much more pronounced there.

Comment: Re:A Fish rots from the head down (Score 1) 161

Buddy, either grow up or at least acquire some manners. And stop calling people "retards" when they don't subscribe to your opinions. Because that is what your statements are - opinions. Which are notably absent of actual facts.

My country's economy is doing fine, by the way - it is currently the strongest in Europe. You also should check your numbers, only 80 millions live in Germany, not 140 millions.

Also I think, you might be somewhat delusional if you find anything nationalistic in what I have written. I don't like nationalists, they make me very uneasy. Most Germans feel this way. What I have written is what I have seen in the Ukraine during my several visits there. I've also been in Russia twice, but it was very long ago - in 1987 and 1988.

I have no idea what stuff you have been inhaling/snorting/injecting to get the kind of delusions you generally seem to have. I, on the other hand, have been traveling in Eastern Europe for a long time. I also speak Russian more or less fluently (somewhat outdated idioms and a German accent notwithstanding) and Czech and Estonian well enough to get by. What credentials do you have, beside your inflated and inflamed self-importance?

Comment: Re:A Fish rots from the head down (Score 1) 161

Give it a rest already. I've been hearing this kind of speeches for decades, as long as I can remember. Hasn't happened then and won't happen now either. Food riots in Kaliningrad, very funny. That was kinda sorta believable in 1993.

Besides, this "making enemies of neighbors and previous Slavic brothers" is, in case of Ukraine, absolutely mutual. It is like there has been a contest of which country's politician can be the greater dick, and that contest has been ongoing for over 20 years. Don't think that exactly the same appeal to "ultranationalist douchebaggery" doesn't exist in the Ukraine. I had the opportunity to watch a national guard volunteers' bootcamp training in Kiev two weeks ago. It was scary as hell for a German. Exactly like Freikorps at the Weimar Republic time. Ukrainian TV has been hysterically crying wolf all the time.

Eastern Ukraine was a more pleasant experience.

Comment: Re:A Fish rots from the head down (Score 1) 161

Have you actually read the text you are linking?

It was part of the wider disaster, the Soviet famine of 1932â"33, which affected the major grain-producing areas of the country.

In the absence of absolute documentary proof of intent, some scholars have also made the argument that the Holodomor was ultimately a consequence of the economic problems associated with radical economic changes implemented during the period of liquidation of private property and Soviet industrialization.

Russia had famines every 10 years or so until the early 1950ies.

Comment: Re:Well... (Score 1) 107

by dunkelfalke (#49583815) Attached to: Russian Cargo Spacehip Declared Lost

What for? Ukrainian plumbing is probably responsible for the Antares failure last year. Besides, I don't think Ukraine can build this kind of hi tech anymore since they've sold everything they have inherited from the USSR in the past 25 years. Yuzhmash - the one who built Zenit you've mentioned - might close soon, for years they have been earning more money with repairing and building trolley buses than with rockets. I was in Ukraine last week (know some people there and am interested in the aerospace as any self respecting nerd). The country is in a sorry state, those who can flee, do so. The largest part of their industry is totally dependent on Russian orders and with the that kind of ongoing pissing contest the orders won't come.

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.