Sunday, October 14, 2007

Deadly gas blast in Ukraine

So sad and so unnecessary. Vichnaya pam'yat. Memory eternal.

At least 11 people have been killed by a gas explosion that destroyed a block of flats in the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk.

... six of the 23 injured were children, with a total of 70 people rescued from their apartments.

The local gas utility in Dnipropetrovsk said the explosion was caused by a sudden increase in gas flows to the area.

However, some residents observed three men behaving suspiciously near the building's gas supply earlier in the day. Witnesses said that the three arrived at the building in a black car and played with the gas supply shortly before the explosion. ...

Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into the causes of the accident.

Full story here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course you know the latest death toll. The tragic fact is that Ukraine is destroying itself simply because its bureacracy remans inherently Soviet. Communist/Komsomol hardliners are everywhere and the further from the capital the more Soviet they remain. I mean corruption in the first place. It is rampant, oveerwhelming. They say you can get the latest Soviet tank even in Kyiv if you have enough hard cash. As usual, Ukraine is following in Moscow's footsteps; whereas the former Soviet capital strikes almost every foreign visitor dumb with its sky-high charges for by far inferior hotel accommodations, services, etc., there is this glaring gap between a handful billionaires and millions of jobless, often literally starving masses. Small wonder: this was launched by Marx and Engels, thne creatively developed by German-kaiser-bought Lenin, and so on. In the end emerged a giant zombie by the name of Soviet Russia. He evolved into the Soviet Union, an even more horrible monster. Thank God, it produced Birthmark Billie. Mikhail! Three cheers (we even love your endless hot-air sessions at the politburo lectern and on television -- the more so that there are enough similar examples in North Amercian history, I'm sure.

Pawlina said...

Yes, there is much post-soviet mess to clean up in Ukraine. No question.

But the thing to remember is that in a democracy it is possible for the citizenry to effect change, even on an individual level.

I'm not saying it's easy, especially at the start. But it is possible ... if you hold a vision in your mind and heart, and follow it faithfully to fruition.

"Razom nas bahato" is more than just a nice revolutionary slogan. If genuinely and faithfully applied, it can work miracles.

A shame it had so little staying power in modern-day Ukraine.