When did Ukraine become a news story country, the kind no one cares about until a body count starts piling up? When did my beloved Crimea become nightly news, to be debated back and forth by talking heads above a ticker? English language sources never seem to mention towns other than Simferopol or Sevastopol, so I have to go digging in the Russian ones, googling Джанкой and Ялта and Гаспра and hopingthere aren’t troops in the streets (but there are). It’s been days since I heard from my sister, and now there’s the fucking referendum, and I can only hope this doesn’t get uglier, that things don’t completely fall apart.
All of this is so exhausting and nerve-shattering. All of this is happening so fast.