on Ukraine

frost hard ground broken
another soldier laid down
days filled with darkness

~

n.b. Is anyone out there still counting? Does any of this still count?

CLP 30/01/2023

on Ukraine

caterpillar tracks
loaded onto railway trucks
shareholders cash in

~

n.b. As we move closer to open conflict between Russia and “The West” I attended a party recently at which there was open talk about moving savings into arms manufacturing shares and disappointment expressed at missing out on buying stock in an American armament corporation. Ironically, it was at a wake.

There was also talk of fear of direct war with Russia...as opposed to what? A proxy war that sacrifices the very last Ukrainian?

CLP 27/01/2023

on Ukraine

private enterprise
providing bodies for cause
who does this profit?

~

n.b. As has been seen in Eritrea and Somalia, the persistence of a war, the subsequent escalation of arms supplies to a region, leads to local groups establishing their own power bases, baronial lands. In Ukraine’s Soledar, the Wagner group is cutting out a piece of territory for itself, one that has been smashed beyond recognition above ground.

Why is this pointless slaughter, using the ultimate sacrifice of those who are in effect employees, being pursued for land that is rapidly becoming uninhabitable? Some say for what lies beneath, mineral wealth, for private expropriation.

It is also suggested that up to 25% of the military forces assaulting Ukraine are now comprised of mercenaries. This makes the war increasingly a commercial enterprise, one of the people of Ukraine versus capital.

Furthermore, for all the alleged negative impacts of the war on other national economies, those making the weaponry are cashing in big time. This is not just Iran and North Korea selling arms to Moscow, but every business selling its products to help Ukraine defend itself. Patriot weapons systems are bought from the profit oriented manufacturers, not just given away by the USA government from a magic vault.

The balance sheet of this war is far from simple.

Recommended further listening:

Masters of War by Bob Dylan.

~

CLP 11/01/2023

on Ukraine

don't involve your god
thirty six hours ceasefire then
godlessness resumes

~

n.b. Excuse me for being cynical, eye of a needle and all that. Bit late probably, Vlad.

CLP 05/01/2023

on Ukraine

bleak light of new day
unmanned aircraft on attack
machines v. humans

~

n.b. This is the ultimate manifestation of Capitalism. Capital buys machines to ultimately kill and cow, a human population.

Who has the most money to pay those willing to build such machinery?

CLP 02/01/2022

on Ukraine

Russia's Christmas plans
gifts of death, destruction, grief
we cannot forget

~

n.b. Ukraine’s Christmas festivities start from 7th January. Russian attacks on Kherson and Bakhmut are designed to spread the word that the terror continues, so our slow news holidays are filled with gloom.

CLP 24/12/2022

on Ukraine

rockets from Russia
decimate generations
return to Stone Age

~

n.b. Unspeakable.

CLP 16/12/2022

on Ukraine

lines to Moscow crossed
people play Chinese whispers
because the truth hurts

~

n.b. Who dare tell the naked emperor the bad news, or indeed, the truth (pravda)?

CLP 04/12/2022

on Ukraine

with all eyes elsewhere
its raining heavily here
winter bombardment

~

n.b. The kind of rain that gets into and ruins everything; Moscow rain.

CLP 21/11/2021

on Ukraine

borders mean nothing
tending the earth, tilling soil
accidental deaths

~

n.b. Two killed driving a tractor, technically in another country, Poland, same war.

CLP 16/11/2022