Crimean realities 2016 – water, food, power blockade, and stolen ancient scythian GOLD (MUST WATCH!)
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Another excellent video from those guys. They “break-down” very well ,complicated issues,almost unheard of in the West.
One small detail our author of this video is the water, food and electric was not ‘supplied’ by Ukraine, we always paid handsomely for it. Water was blocked two days after Krim paid in advance for a month’s supply. Same with electric, they got their money and promptly blew the towers. Food, prices are still higher than in most of Russia and there is absolutely no excuse for this little foible. Krim is a bread basket and great amounts of food are grown here now and always were.
With the power lines connected to the mainland we have enough electric for the foreseeable future. Toss in at least two TPP’s under construction, and there may be more that I don’t know about, we’ll not have to worry about power.
Roads. Still generally hideous on a good day. Seems there is no one in this entire peninsula who knows how to repair and resurface a road. For instance they will grind down and lay new asphalt. A month or three later a crew will wander on through, dig up the new asphalt around the manholes and build them up to the new asphalt height. Seems to me it would be easier to simply weld on a new iron ring on the existing manhole cover frame to raise the edifice to the new paving level. They also have this nasty penchant for never finishing a repair job. Case in point, Industrial’na Street on southside. It was pretty rough and is a main feeder for some southside areas. So they resurfaced if, and did a reasonably good job for one, and stopped 39 meters from the P58, which just happened to be the worst section of the entire street. Runner up was the other end where Industrial’na takes a hard left and becomes Shabalina Street. The paved the first couple meters after the S curve, pulled up their pants and left. From there to the intersection with to other necks of Shabalina it’s like a tank testing ground. Not complaining, just pointing out reality. Second runner up, the New Post Road from Inkerman to the top of Sapun Ridge, right through the now mostly unknown Battle of Inkerman area where the Brits somehow managed to hold off a concerted attack by the Russian Army. Whoever ‘repaired’ that stretch of asphalt did it in a curious and to me totally new fashion. Grind down and lay asphalt on 30 meters of road, leave a 1 meter strip, then grind and pave again. I’m not kidding. While they did resurface the worst part of the road at the hairpin curve at the base of the ridge, which I personally take as a kindness, they managed to miss the next 100 meters going uphill including that at least 10 year old and ever reappearing pothole just beyond the hairpin in the right lane going up hill.
All in all, though, things are slowly but surely improving and we don’t have orcs shooting at us very often in this neck of the woods. The worst problem as far as I’m concerned is the thundering mob of carpetbaggers who arrived while we were still celebrating in Naxhimova Square back in March of ’14 and haven’t left yet. In fact it seems they’ve all brought now their entire extended families in their thousands plus we are still suffering from the plague of tourists, even in early December. A pox on the lot of them and it seems that many of them are putting down roots in our bucolic little berg, there’s hundreds of new houses and such springing up everywhere. An ominous portent is the evil so-and-so’s have appeared on the crest above our quiet little village in the valley.
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Auslander, you bring a laugh to my morning reading of the road laying prowess in Crimea. Maybe the Australians were taught by them or visa versa as road works in Australia, at least down South seem to be equally as bad.
Nothing like the quality of roads being laid down in Western Russia which are the best of Europe with exception of Holland.
As for the carpetbaggers, well, it could be worse, they could be Jihadis who are then with the force of your Government kicking you out of your home and moving in. Ask the Germans or Swedes how they feel about the joy of their new residents and the love given to them by the authorities over riding the human rights of the native population.
The actions of the Dutch in many cases are abhorrent but they are part of the EU problem. Probably why I will not stop in that country and experience it aside from just wanting to pass through it as quickly as possible when driving on my way from Northern France to Germany. Ironic given it seems to be the Dutch who are making sure the Ukrainians are not allowed the Association Agreement with the EU.
I’d just like to add–The Ukrainian way of doing business-some old helicopters were sold for scrap from the military few years ago , but apparently have been bought back by the Ministry of defence in Kherson region as “working” helicopters, which clearly they are not, so the business person is better off by five hundreds of thousands of dollars but the Ministry of Defence purchaser is now being prosecuted for corruption……………meanwhile, the other day a retired military officer of quite high rank is disgusted to find his pension is actually less by a lot of the gas and utility bills he has to pay………..bribery and corruption is at least as high as ever, EU audit committees are embaressingly pointing out to EU the wastage of billions in funds supporting The Ukraine on its way to democracy……… AFU soldiers cannot keep warm in their tents because of not enough firewood and the stoves are two small, one bloke froze to death the other day, and meanwhile Kiev must pay for the rather expensive storage bills of the exhibition objects in the Netherlands. BTW, the nice lady i remember showed me round the museum herself some years ago, and it very good.
April has just been announced by Eu for reconsideration of visa free access, as mechanisms are now apparently in place to cancel it, Tusk and Poro have been scheming together on this and seem so determined it will happen though, and this guy says it will take decades for ukraine to catch up
” Ron van Ruden – the head of the IMF mission in Ukraine.
The IMF representative said that the per capita GDP of Ukraine’s population reaches only 20% of the European average and three times lower than in neighboring countries – Poland and Romania. According to him, even if economic growth rates of 4-5% per annum Ukraine “need a whole generation” to catch up with its neighbors in Central and Eastern Europe.
The IMF representative also said that the selection of the next loan to Ukraine until the end of the year is impossible, as the authorities in Kiev have not done enough to provide the next tranche of the Fund.
“We expect the adoption of the new budget, it is entered in the agenda of the Parliament for the next week. Hopefully, early next year, when the necessary conditions are met, the question will be put before the Board of Directors of the IMF “, – said Ron van Ruden.”
and this link
has details of a conference in Lvov re visa free aspirations and problems(such as refugees exiting from Ukraine)……..
a former deputy of Ukraine has initiated court actions in Moscow to recognise Maidan as a coup d’etat,
meanwhile thoughts are with Donbass, where a ukraine soldier killed people in a bus at a checkpoint Gorlovka the other day for no apparent reason at all,great concern over the fate of the two soldiers enticed over from the checkpoint at Djankoi, and in Donbass there are reports still of troops and grads and other guns being all moved around in a threatening manner, and Ukraine openly invites mercenaries from abroad to kill people in Donbass, and Donbass intelligence reported the delivery to Ukraine’s Mariupol by ship of not humanitarian aid but 1,500 tons of guns, ammo, grenade launchers etc arriving from abroad-presumably on Obama’s recent relaxation of restrictions supplying terrorist groups abroad-probably heading their way to apparently a group of 30 balaclava’d english speaking military trainers operating close to the contact line?
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I am born Netherlands, citizen today too, maybe someway can help.
Address: van Limburg Stirumsraat 237
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The USA maybe keeping the Sythian gold here, may decide to steal it too.