|A line of protesters faces down a line of Berkut riot police, before the worst of the violence|
Needless to say, it's been a stressful few weeks (few months, if we're being honest). We've been working extra shifts at the embassy on nights and weekends supporting our diplomatic efforts, supporting visits of high-level officials from Washington and making sure that American citizens in Ukraine have access to the support they need. We spent a week living in a hotel room with our cats because our apartment was too close to the flash points. We've been riding an emotional roller coaster as every time it seems like the situation is headed toward a peaceful resolution - Russia freaking invades the country or something!!!
|Secretary of State John Kerry lays flowers and lights a candle at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kyiv|
We're physically and emotionally exhausted, and our apartment is barely functional. But as rough as it's been for us, it has been an order of magnitude harder on our Ukrainian colleagues. Our local colleagues are a great bunch. They are trustworthy, reliable, fun to work with and great at their jobs. And they held up, and continue to hold up, under tremendous pressure, putting in the extra hours right along side us while their city was literally burning. When it's YOUR country that all this is happening to...that's something that those of us who were born and raised in the U.S. truly cannot fathom.
|The Maidan barricade on Khreshatik|
|A young boy at the protests with his parents, before the violence escalated|
I've got a recipe I'll post tomorrow, some printables I'll put up for download, and plenty of other projects and fun things in the works, as the smoke continues to clear. I hope you'll stick around and enjoy everything that's coming next!