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


  1. Michael Jordan says:

    Well said. Like most right-thinking people, I am utterly appalled and dismayed by what is playing out on our TV screens daily. To the people of Russia – I know some of you have made extreme sacrifices by your protests, but as a people you need to rid yourselves (and the rest of the world) of that cancer in your midst. We can’t do it without risking a nuclear backlash from that rabid little dog. I implore you – as a nation that produced such cultural icons as Chekhov, Anna Pavlova, Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy and the much-admired Mikhail Gorbachev (who we all thought had finally delivered us from threat of aggressive totalitarianism) – rise up and put an end to this abomination that is being committed in your name

  2. David Bentley says:

    While I agree with your overall sentiments Mr Hogan I can’t agree that we should open our borders willy-nilly to millions of refugees without appropriate checks. That has happened in the US with dire consequences and it would act as a green light to those trying to enter the UK illegally from France to ratchet up their efforts further. And while refugees should be assured they will be more then welcome here they should also know that in the fullness of time they will be expected to return home to rebuild their country, with our assistance. As for the British government, and as much as I can’t stand Johnson, I’m not sure what else he can do now short of sending British troops, which would only enflame a situation which might be closer to resolution than we expect. By which I mean the removal of Putin and his coterie.

  3. Doug Maclean says:

    Thank you for doing this. Every part of Russian society must be made aware of what their Government is doing in their name

    My partner is 20km outside Kharkiv and they wanted nothing but peace and independence from the evil “Russian World”

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