Since my return to Amherst the news in Ukraine has only gotten worse with horrifying bloodshed and deaths and with many vivid reports -- see the one by Frida Ghitis, writing for CNN, with whom I have communicated.
I was born in Canada but did not learn how to speak English until we immigrated to the U.S., and I entered kindergarten. Ukrainian was the language that we spoke at home. I, finally, visited Ukraine, when I was invited to give a keynote talk in Yalta in August 2010 at the Network Science conference.
I first made a stop in Kiev, now the epicenter of the demonstrations, which began in November, and which have reached a tipping point this week because of the frustration of the people.
Below are some photos from Kiev, where I was welcomed by a colleague from the University of Pittsbrugh, and ate the most delicious borshcht in my life and the same for the varenyky!
Please, let the people be free. The government should protect its own citizens and let them be governed as they wish to be. Look at how brilliantly Poland is doing, Ukraine's neighbor to the west.
Yesterday, after not much sleep, since I had returned from the Florida conference in the wee hours of the morn, I gathered some beautiful Ukrainian creations and photographed them. I display them below -- from our Easter eggs, to our ceramics, to lavish embroideries. Let's make peace and have art, beauty, and science rule instead of hatred and violence.