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Letter from Slovakia 4: So where are all the refugees?

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AS A volunteer provider of free accommodation to Ukrainian refugees I truly suck. There are hundreds of thousands fleeing Ukraine as I have found out from the Mark Steyn show on GB News yesterday and yet I am not able to find a single one. And that in a neighbouring country, in a fairly decent town, in a house where I am leaving one whole floor with three bedrooms for this purpose. Plus my car on top of that. Truly astonishing. I did my best; I have registered on a couple of websites and been to the Ukrainian border. Maybe the websites were not the right ones, but I am sure that the border crossing was indeed to Ukraine and not to Poland.

I have started to take it personally. But even that does not make any sense, since how on earth this could be personal – they have never met me.

Anyway, I am delegating my whole effort in this area to my wife effective immediately.

By the way, I have mentioned Mark Steyn and his daily show on GB News. That is really all you have to watch. Following the news 24/7 may become soon depressing and overwhelming. And if you are really news savvy then let me suggest the following shortcut. Just follow EURRUB exchange rate. All available information is condensed just to one number, courtesy of the financial markets. The guide is pretty simple. If the rouble falls against the euro it means that the conflict escalates. And vice versa. And if the rouble stays where it was, well, then not much change going on, perhaps not surprisingly enough.

Financial markets may be occasionally wrong. They were caught by surprise by the Russian invasion. Which by the way is truly astonishing as well given the fact that the western intelligence services were talking about that for quite a while. Nice testimony to their credibility. But generally they are right. I mean financial markets, not the western intelligence services.

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Ivan Pupak
Ivan Pupak
Ivan Pupak is a Slovak national whose life mission is to make Slovak little more simple to learn for foreigners and get rid of some of its completely useless grammar rules (that drive both foreign and native students of Slovak crazy!)

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