The Cold War – Redux (Duplicity). Ukraine – Part 4.

The Cold War – Redux (Duplicity). Ukraine Part 4.

I have recently written the first of two novels in my latest Apocalyptic series, ‘Force Majeure – Purgatory’ and ‘Force Majeure – Paralysis’. The third in the series will be out mid next year. Prior to these two books, I wrote a Cold War trilogy, The Red Effect, The Black Effect and The Blue Effect, portraying what I believe could have happened in the 1980’s, had the Soviets, and the Warsaw Pact, taken the decision to attack West Germany and plunged the world into a third world war.

I now ask myself the question, are we heading down that very route now? To answer that, I am in the process of writing the first book in a new Cold War trilogy, or the ‘Cool War’ as it is sometimes referred to. The first draft title is ‘The Cold War – Redux (Duplicity)’.

Where does my story start? I felt the only way to find the answer to that was to go to the very melting pot that could turn the Cool War, into a Hot War, the Ukraine. I have made two trips so far, and the next 12 Posts will relate my experiences while there.



The flag of Ukraine.



T-80, painted in the colours of the Ukrainian Flag,  at the War Museum in Kiev


Before I head for Zaporizhia and Mariupol in Southern Ukraine, I just wanted to cover a few more points. One in particular concerns the National Police of Ukraine.



The arm patch of the national Police of Ukraine.



Th National Police Force of Ukraine was formed on the 3 July 2015, as part of the post Euromaidan reforms launched by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.



It was launched to replace the previous national police service, the Militsiya.



On the 7 November 2015, all the remaining militsiya were labelled as ‘temporary acting members of the National Police.



2,000 new policemen and women, picked from 33,000 applicants, were recruited to initiate the new service in Kiev.



In order to reduce the likelihood of corruption, the monthly salary for a police officer is nearly $400, three times that of the original militsiya. This new force is being rolled out across Ukraine and is expected to be launched in the port-city of Mariupol in the next couple of months.



I completed a last tour of Kiev before my rail trip the next day.



Passing the impressive building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.





St Andrew’s Church Museum.





I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Kiev and it is a city well worth a visit.



Before my next Post where I cover my first trip to Mariupol, I just wanted a reminder as to why the majority of Ukrainians hate Putin so much. Particularly those areas that border the occupied zones of the Donetsk Donbass region.



For a number of months in 2014, Kiev was not the peaceful place it is today. There were daily protests in Independence Square.



Riots and battles with police were an everyday occurrence as the Ukrainian people flexed their muscles to shake off the yoke of the old Soviet Block Empire.





And although their are still occupied zones, occupied by the pro-Russian separatists and Russian Federation soldiers, the rest of the country, with the support of the Ukrainian Army and the volunteers, prevailed.





For my next Post, I will cover my trip to Ukraine. I chose to go from Kiev to Zaporizhia (550km – 7 hours), then by car to Mariupol (250km – 3-4 hours). The alternative was a train direct to Mariupol, due to the position of the Occupied territories, would take in the region of 22 hours.



From Zaporizhia to Mariupol, it involved going through four checkpoints, my British Passport attracting a lot of interest. Fortunately, on the first occasion I had a good friend, Pavlo, with me.

Next week I will cover my trip to Mariupol.

It was, and is still, a very complicated situation in Ukraine. So, if some of my information is incorrect, then please flag it to me and I can amend the content. Thank you for reading this first Post.

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