Meanwhile. On the Ukrainian border.

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It wouldn’t actually be TIR as nothing is being exported/imported but there must be a similar treaty in place so you don’t have to go through carnet and a bond for every truck load of concrete.
Hmmm. So Russia is allowed to transport goods through the EU without documents but the mainland UK can’t import stuff into NI?
 

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Doubt it, pretty sure they’ll need documentation.
TIR requires docs.
A carnet is a document.
Why would they not need documents?
So they do need documentation? But it does sound like they have been transporting whatever they like. Maybe I’m reading too much BBC…
I have to admit, I didn’t even know about this county’s recent history.
 
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Agreed, but its a good start look at the misery that has unfolded these last 6 months or so in Ukraine
Not the best troops in the world (on either side) but plenty of human and capital damage.
The idea seems to be for Russia just to flatten everywhere and make it uninhabitable. People move out Russia moves in and re builds in their image. Seen this before in previous conflicts
 
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So far as I understand it. Not having gone down this particular rabbit hole. Kaliningrad is simply another Russian oblast. Which is a province or region. Think Wales or Northern Ireland. Somehow it ended up in Russian hands in 1945 and has remained so since. This didn't matter so much pre-1989, as Poland was Russia by a different name.
But since 1989, its been an anomaly, as a Russian region, separate from Russia. But, depending on how political agreements were written or rewritten in 1945 / 1989, treaties or similar instruments will have been agreed to allow effectively borderless movement of goods between Kaliningrad and Belarus / Russia. That's the limit of my understanding. If you recall the euphoria of the border checkpoints into Berlin being opened in November 1989.
I'd guess and its only a guess that Kaliningrad was a political sideshow of no interest to either party, Russia or Poland.
 

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Olga Reznikova
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Soon will be releasing new video about Irpin. And quick note, which I always forget to mention... Ukrainians do not have insurance for houses and cars in 95%. All those destroyed buildings, cars and other assets are not covered by any insurance. More over, buying apartment, house or car in Ukraine is super expensive - not every family can afford to buy one in their life. We don't have mortgage for houses like in Wester countries for 30-40 years... Max you can hope for 3-5 years with 40% yearly interest rate (so you can understand, it is barely used by people). So all houses and cars which you see - it is result of hard work, collecting money by all the family for many years, maybe selling some other property in other parts of Ukraine, to be able to afford to buy one small apartment around Kyiv. And now it is all gone.

This really makes you think, would our insurances cover us if we were attacked by Russia?
 

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Olga Reznikova1 day ago
Soon will be releasing new video about Irpin. And quick note, which I always forget to mention... Ukrainians do not have insurance for houses and cars in 95%. All those destroyed buildings, cars and other assets are not covered by any insurance. More over, buying apartment, house or car in Ukraine is super expensive - not every family can afford to buy one in their life. We don't have mortgage for houses like in Wester countries for 30-40 years... Max you can hope for 3-5 years with 40% yearly interest rate (so you can understand, it is barely used by people). So all houses and cars which you see - it is result of hard work, collecting money by all the family for many years, maybe selling some other property in other parts of Ukraine, to be able to afford to buy one small apartment around Kyiv. And now it is all gone.

This really makes you think, would our insurances cover us if we were attacked by Russia?
Pretty much every household or building insurance policy has 2 exclusions, war/invasion and nuclear fallout. So they wouldn’t have been covered anyway and neither would we.