but the sanctions can't well be in effect forever, can they?
Aren't there a few countries like Iran and North Korea that we are pretty much sanctioning forever because they won't stop with their evil ways?
Well, economic sanction turns out to be double-sided edge. We suddenly find Russia's economic sanction against the west works in our favor.
Cheap Salmon, gogogo~~~
Even though American consumers not likely to enjoy the price decrease according to this report, East Asia consumers may. Bring it on, Rus, don't back down. You are my hero. Hahaha~
I'd be interested in hearing from the locals what the current situation and mood is in Ukraine. Alexius still with us?
Pretty much all non-expat ukrainians I knew on all forums I frequented went offline since mid-June.
I'm with you, although a bit late.
Speaking of mood in general people are still really enthusiastic about the war effort, but critical of the government and of the military leadership especially. Government is criticized for the lack of reforms. The military is criticized for inefficiency in supplying the army, poor coordination between different branches and the fiasco near Ilovaysk. Actually before Ilovaysk people were mostly pretty optimistic about the conflict and expected it to end in a few month. But now when Russian army is almost in the open and has taken hold of territories near Azov sea and strengthened the separatists around Donetsk and Lugansk people wonder how it will end.
Day-to-day life in Kiev is pretty much business as usual if you ignore news and stay out of military hospitals and refugee centers. Except for the economic going down, which is comparable to the 2008 financial crisis. And the lack of hot water. As most ex-Soviet cities Kiev has municipal central heating and they are trying to save on natural gas for the winter.
Overall it's hard to gauge the mood because social media are prone to hectic mood swings and can't serve as a good indicator. Naturally people are very concerned with the future, shocked at the war and outraged with Russia. Some people put the blame on Kiev for being undiplomatic in Spring and some people still watch Russian TV, however I'm not ware about any notable pro-Russian activities outside the war zone. (Which may be seen as a lack of freedom of speech.)
As for the current events the big ones are the cease-fire (people are skeptical about it and suspicious of the price, but overall relived on some level that killing has almost stopped for now) and the start with the parliament elections (the new political landscape is still forming, currently it looks to be based on personalities, not ideas, but still it's far better than the East vs. West divide with all it's conflict mongering when people voted for one side because they didn't like the other one more).
As for the western side of the fence: people seem to use ukraine as a crux for proving that the russians were bad after all. Its quite silly and insane since the us and the eu are equally to blame for how this situation got so out of hand at the cost of bystanders, essentially.
I hope ukraine finds its way out of this without bloodshed, and more importantly without russia or eu/us getting a say in its peoples future.
As people joke in Kiev "If you can't find a sock, call your friend in Moscow. He knows what happens here better than you."
Being in Kiev all this time, reading news, watching live streams and participating in the events, I believe that the role of US and EU in "stoking the fires" was marginal at best. Unless they mind-controlled Yanukovych, his party and the police to do all these things that outraged people. Support from EU and US were seen as way too little, way too late by the protesters at the time.