Language and War

“Паляниця” is a Ukrainian word that means a loaf of bread. It’s being used in the war to identify Russian spies, marauders, provocateurs, etc. Russians notoriously can’t pronounce it. There are hilarious videos of Russian soldiers practicing the word and failing to say it correctly. The articulation apparatus forms in early childhood. After that, the accent remains no matter what you do.

Enormous Successes

I rarely mention Putin in my posts on the war because I think he’s utterly unimportant and quite coincidental to what’s happening. But this is funny, and it’s good to have some comic relief among the barrage of bad news.

Putin spoke on the subject of the Western economic sanctions on Russia. “Well, so what that there are sanctions?” he said. “The USSR was always under sanctions, yet it achieved enormous successes.”

Russian people now have an opportunity to experience some of the most notable of those successes, such as empty shelves and zinc coffins.


This is an asylum for severely mentally disabled people in Kharkiv:

For now, it looks like the heroic doctors and nurses had managed to get all 330 patients into a bomb shelter before the Russians hit the building. From what I’ve been able to find, everybody survived. Which is great.

But imagine what this must feel like for the mentally disabled patients. Where are they going to go now? These are not people who can get transported easily. And wherever they go, who’s to say that place won’t get bombed tomorrow.