This village is currently in the western Ukraine, a country that finds itself in a conflict with Russia that continues to escalate. The Ukraine was the target of Stalin's genocide in the 1930s. Stalin subdued the Ukraine by sweeping it of every kernel of grain, leaving the citizens to starve.
The following satellite images were probably taken in late April. The eastern Ukraine has a climate similar to Iowa while the western Ukraine has a climate similar to central Indiana. This is what a country teetering on the brink of war looks like from the air.
|Close-up of block in lower right of picture above. Estimated 16 dwellings. If evenly divided each household has access to about 0.6 US acres.|
Root crops can be left in the field, unharvested until needed. Scavenging parties cannot afford to stand around and wait for farmers to dig every potato, turnip, rutabaga, carrot, onion.... And even then they would not be able to carry them off or destroy them by burning. 80% water makes them darned heavy for the nutrition involved.
Cultural memories run deep. Screw me once, shame on you. Screw me twice, shame on me.
For the sake of comparison, the following LINK should take you to an aerial photo of northeast Detroit. This neighborhood is near the corner of Gratiot and 7 Mile and has been largely depopulated by urban flight. Blighted houses have been removed. No further comment will be offered.
Interesting take, thanks for the education!ReplyDelete