Happy Easter!

Catholic and Orthodox Christians in Ukraine will not celebrate Easter until the 1st of May, however here is a vintage Ukrainian Easter print by artist Jacques Hnizdovsky.

The writing in the print says: Христос Воскрес! (Khrystos Voskres!), with the response: Воїстину Воскрес! (Voyistynu Voskres!).

This means Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! The interaction is heard frequently at Easter, and for some weeks afterwards.

Hnizdovsky_XrysVos1_UkrHnizdovsky_Easter Ukrainian Easter Card by Jacques Hnizdovsky Vintage

On this day: Russia invades Azerbaijan

27th April, 1920, and Russia was in the process of building up their egos and their empire (sorry, their Socialist Republic).

 Красная_армия_в_Баку,_май_1920_гRussia invading Baku May 1920

According to the Russian historian A.B. Shirokorad, the Soviet invasion of Azerbaijan was carried out using a standard Bolshevik template: a local revolutionary committee starts real or “virtual” worker riots and requests support from the Red Army.

 800px-The Red Army in Baku 1920

That’s pretty much what they did in Ukraine THIS YEAR. Russian tactics are scary because #1 they don’t change and #2 they WORK.