I'm still here - for now. I've been quite inactive recently though because we've been having much more frequent power cuts and my laptop has conked out.
I live in Odessa, which is in the south-west of Ukraine. The lingua franca here is Russian, although everyone also understands Ukrainian, and the majority of people here are pro-Russian. There was a large protest yesterday outside the local parliament where the protesters barricaded the doors and refused to let the deputies out until they agreed to a referendum on Odessa's status. If you're interested, there are some photos here - http://dumskaya.net/news/50-033267/
As you will all know, the situation here is very fast-paced, and given how supportive of Russia many people are here, it wouldn't be surprising to see Russian forces coming here too. Myself and my colleagues are in no danger at the moment as long as we don't hang around outside military or administrative buildings, but it wouldn't take much for the situation to escalate rapidly.
We do all have exit plans as well. Odessa is very close to the borders of Moldova and Romania so if the airport or airspace is closed, it wouldn't take long to get out. Another possibility would be a ferry to Istanbul.
So as I say, at the moment Odessa is alright. But none of us are taking the situation lightly and we are ready to leave if we feel we need to. I'll keep in touch and if you want to know anything else about what it's like to live here, let me know!
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