When Life Becomes Unbearable


Cherkassy is in the very center of The Ukraine


For today’s post, I have a very sad story about an elderly lady, living on a pension in a small town called Lysianka in the Cherkassy region of Ukraine.

The 80-year-old resident, Maria Kirrilovna,  lived alone.  She had one son, who lives in Russia somewhere, far away.  Local journalists report that Maria received a very high gas bill, which she couldn’t pay; and she hanged herself.  But first leaving behind a suicide note, in which she cursed the leaders of her country, President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenuk.

To her suicide note, Maria attached her gas bill – for 4,000 hryvnas.

To put in context:  the average monthly pension in The Ukraine is 1670 hryvnas.

The story was covered by Ukrainian journalist Vladimir Chos, who says that the high gas bill was actually a mistake on the part of the gas company:  In reality, all she owed was a little over a hundred hryvnas.

Assistant to Minister of Internal Affairs Anton Herashchenko vigorously defended the government on his Facebook page, claiming that Maria in fact was paid up on her gas bill as of 1 November, and had even overpaid by 1792 hryvnas.

If this is true, then it indicates that the gas company was consistently making mistakes in their bills; and perhaps a lonely 80-year-old woman is not in any psychological state to know this, or to be able to dispute incorrect bills.

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9 Responses to When Life Becomes Unbearable

  1. marknesop says:

    What a disgrace. Of course there is no need to reapportion the blame, as it is clear where it belongs – but I wonder why her son allowed her to live in such a state and did not invite her to live with him. If he lived in Russia and had a job, he would be making about three times as much as he would in Ukraine even if he only made minimum wage.


    • yalensis says:

      Some of the commenters also blamed the son.
      Of course, we don’t know the circumstances.
      And this type of tragedy could actually happen anywhere.

      Bottom line is, though, that in the Ukraine pensions are too low, and utility bills are too high. While the elite crew at the top of the political pecking order get richer every day.
      The pensioner blamed the right people in her suicide note: Poroshenko and Yats.


      • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

        Everyone who follows in her footsteps is a load off the state budget.

        I foresee a public awareness campaign promoting suicide as a patriotic duty – especially to ATO veterans.

        ‘Heroes of Ukraine! The last enemy you must conquer is – yourself! Smert vorogam!

        Go on! God wouldn’t have forgiven you anyway.


        P.O. Poroshenko’


        • yalensis says:

          Ow! You are a modern-day Jonathan Swift, that you are.

          I don’t know if that’s a good thing, or a bad thing!


          • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

            Probably bad, on the whole.

            If things had been different… I could have run Ukraine into ground far better than Poroshenko. I’d have robbed and brutalised the country in ways those dullards in Kiev couldn’t imagine.

            Ah well. Ukraine has many years of chaos ahead – I may still get the chance.


            • yalensis says:

              Is lots of job opportunities in Lviv.
              I hear that Curt Doolittle is hiring native speakers for his web-app start-up!
              First you muscle in and take over his operation with – how you say? – “unfriendly buy-out”.
              Then on to seizing real power, by taking Yats job in Kiev.

              Is a crazy plan, but might just work!.


            • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

              Beat fatty to death with his own keyboard, give Yatsenyuk the wedgie of his life, obliterate Poroshenko with an exploding vodka bottle, proclaim self Mega-Tyrant of Velikomalorossiya… easiest thing in the world!

              Then to realise my two most cherished ambitions – to turn Ukraine into the Nazi-Cossack-Zoroastrian inferno it was always meant to be, and then to leave more descendants than Genghis Khan.

              It would be glorious. And I’d royally spite my own countrymen by ensuring that New Zealand’s most famous son would forever be the bloodthirsty whackadoo ruling Kiev from atop an honest-to-God skull throne.


            • yalensis says:

              And your evil scheme would have worked too, if it wasn’t for those pesky kids and their big goofy dog…..


            • Pavlo Svolochenko says:

              Well that’s not going to happen again. Next time I’ll have their heads for my mantelpiece.


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