Our Ukraine heartbreak
While we have no illusion that this is but the tiniest, even irrelevant, gesture, anna.aero has removed all listings for the Russian Federation from The Route Shop – nine airports and 187 unserved routes. Our readership among the Russian air transport industry runs to several thousand and we have always thought this to be a community of enlightened, empowered people who will be appalled by war crimes which are being conducted in their name.
I first travelled to Ukraine as a 19-year-old student in 1981 when it was still embedded in the USSR. Aside from two day-trips to Calais, it was the first-ever overseas place I had visited, and I never forgot that first-love. Today anna.aero is domiciled in the UK where – despite President Zelensky’s invocation of the spirit of Churchill in an address to our Parliament – we are utterly dismayed by the pathetically weak response of our government to both the Russian invasion, and the refugee crisis (the UK has issued a shameful 1,000 visas, against Poland’s opening of its arms and hearts to 1.5 million refugees). We must resort to praying for the dismal failure of Putin and his supporters, and the triumph of the incredibly courageous people of Ukraine who are left fighting alone – for all our freedoms.
Paul Hogan, Publisher, anna.aero