During the process of Postcrossing I have met a very intelligent and pleasant young lady of 8 years of age named Katya. Katya comes from the Ukraine.
Yesterday she sent me an e-mail about postcards. But at the end of the e-mail was this message.
“We live in a small village near a small town and we do everything well! But today there were problems with withdrawals from ATMs, banks close, long queues at petrol stations for benzine! In Kiev, very bad! Kill people, fire! Kiev was very beautiful! What a pity! The government does not want to give up power! People are dying!
We appeal to all: If you have a connection with the press, television, government, please help to stop the bloodshed and restore peace! Thank you!”
I don't know enough about the situation to take sides and maybe neither 'side' is completely right or wrong. If you want a clearer explanation of the situation the BBC news site is probably as good as any. There is also a YouTube video of a fourteen year old in Kiev which you may want to watch.
If you can do anything at all, however little - like writing to your local elected representative - please help to keep Katya and her 8 year old friends safe and once more enable her to visit the beautiful city of Kiev before the city is destroyed and without her being in a firing line.
This is how Kiev should look -