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A word of thanks & Happy New Year

January 1, 2015

A short entry today to express appreciation and thanks to the 200,000 readers from the 183 countries that visited the blog in 2014.  Most humbling.  Hopefully somewhere amongst the rambling ruminations there was something worthy of reading whilst idling away your time on your coffee break – even if you found the blog by accident.

If it in any way provided a spark of light and understanding in an otherwise very deep and dark Ukrainian void of fecklessness, corruption, intrigue and woeful policy decisions, then it has served its purpose well enough.

Entering 2015, the blog with continue to wildly swing a hammer in the general direction of the nail – and with a little fortune, may actually connect, squarely hitting the nail on the head once in a while.

Undoubtedly 2015 will be an extremely trying and testing year for Ukraine, and it may be wise to subconsciously retain the notion that no matter how bad things appear, they can always get worse – just as they can also improve.  However, no matter how deep and dark the void of  fecklessness, corruption, intrigue and woeful policy decisions remains/becomes, it is highly unlikely to manage to snuff out that spark of hope – despite hope not being a strategy.

It will undoubtedly be necessary for western allies and institutions to be extremely firm with the Ukrainian political class throughout 2015, both in efforts to hold the coalition together, force momentum in reform, and also continue to financially support the nation on the condition that Ukraine does not deviate from its ratified international obligations with the European Union.

Indeed, 2015 can probably be best foretold by the famous opening paragraph of Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

Whatever the case, Ukraine will muddle through somehow – though it will surely be a turbulent year.  Naturally dear readers, your support for Ukraine, in whatever form it comes, as always, is appreciated – as is the two minutes of your time spent reading the entries here.

To all in the 183 nations that visited the blog in 2014, and to those in the nations that didn’t, sincere best wishes to you all for 2015.  May the trials and difficulties you face during the next 12 months be far fewer in number, and far easier to circumvent, than those that await far too many people in Ukraine.

God bless!

2015

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