Ukrainian auto news website is doing its share

With everything horrible that is happening in Ukraine, some things are working as they should. Communication is a big part, which allows the world to see so much. Part of those communications is being able to provide vital information to those who need it the most.

Ukrainian auto site Motor Media Review is doing just that. Typical car news has taken a backseat to information that is more relevant not only to the conflict but also to the lives of everyday people. For example:

  • Sales of alcohol are prohibited. But that does not stop people from drinking and driving. So the website relayed the important message that at this point anyone caught driving with any amount of alcohol in them will have their vehicle confiscated. This includes any vehicle, even one that is not owned by the driver. The confiscated vehicles will be given to the Armed Forces. One instance of this has already occurred.
  • Another article shows how people attempt to sell captured Russian military equipment that has not been transferred to the Armed Forces. For instance, an MT-LB which is an armored personnel carrier, is listed for $500 or a trade for a Daewoo Lanos. Seems fair.
  • A list of what one can and cannot have in their car during martial law is an important one. It also lists what one should have in their cars during such times.
  • There is some news from Russia, too. Specifically that Russia is running out of new cars for sale (and probably money, too). That Hyundai and Kia may stop production in Russia. And that Renault is suspending operations there.
  • Important articles to the locals are ones where they should be removing road signs and that diesel restrictions have been lifted.

The website is full of short and interesting articles that are Google-translated quite well, so check them out. Click some ads, too.

Note: We at Hooniverse always stay away from topics of politics and religion. These are, however, extraordinary times and things relating to the current state of Ukraine are well beyond politics at this point.

13 Comments

  1. However complicated the politics leading up to this war in Europe may have been, it’s very simple to understand what is right and wrong right now. I am happy the Hooniverse shows support in your own way.

  2. I did an oil / filter change, along with a winter tire rotation on the red wagon. I learned that my winter tires are directional, as when I did the usual 4 wheel rotation, the rears didn’t look quite right…

  3. The person willing to take a Daewoo Lame-os off someones hands is truly doing his fellow countrymen a great service.

    1. Now wait a second. That’s a very common car in the area, with cheap and plentiful parts. Those military machines are a hazzle to maintain and the fuel bill stings…

  4. While Hooniverse might think this rises above “politics” I’m seeing a shocking number of people on a certain side of the political divide here in America defending Putin’s so-called “deNazification” of Ukraine while at the same time posting Brandon memes and trying to stoke our anger over the higher gas prices this conflict is causing as if that’s somehow under the control of the current administration.

    I watched a video this morning, one I wish had NOT seen, and now can’t un-see: a family of four trying to get out of Ukraine when a Russian artillery shell landed on them. My heart is damaged by that. Meanwhile I have friends in Nizhny Novgorod who understand their ruler is an insane madman but can’t do anything about it and also I’m close friends with a family from western Ukraine currently in Tibilisi as evacuees who will assert that literally EVERYTHING the Russians are claiming are lies.

    Putin is not a genius despite a certain horrible person’s claims. He’s a mass murderer on a scale we can barely grasp. I’m sorry if this comment sounds political in nature – but it’s all factual.

    Facts aren’t political, they’re just simply facts.

    1. Facts aren’t political, but they can be interpreted in different ways by people with different political views. The same goes for lies.

      Your comment makes note of the fact that it sounds political. That’s because it IS political. Please remember that political discussion is strongly discouraged here, and there are thousands of sites that are more appropriate for non-automotive content.

      1. Not political. Facts are facts. Lies are political. Misrepresented facts are political. Disingenuous obfuscation is political.

        A psychopathic madman slaughtering a European nation larger than France and possibly dragging us into a nuclear war is my concern. This Hooniverse post regarding a Ukrainian auto blog motivated me to chip in my two cents – my apologies if it came across to you as political. I realize some Americans don’t care about what happens outside of their bubble, but what’s happening now should concern everyone, even those with “Putin” in their username.

  5. I’m someone who has been around since when this site had more than just a trickle of car-related content and don’t want to see what remains of it turn into political garbage. David, I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your mom and the hardship you’ve been through, but when I clicked on your link, I see you’ve politicalized that, too. That’s entirely your prerogative, of course, on your own site. Here, I don’t disagree with what you are saying or your right to say it, but with where you are saying it.

    1. My ‘link’ is my blog, and it’s not political, it’s a general interest site. My most recent post is about my mother falling prey to toxic Russian disinfo – which is not a partisan issue.

      Russian propaganda is repugnant and this war is unconscionable. If you’re a fan of Putin or a fan of Putin’s friends or those who make excuses for him, you’re rooting for the wrong team. We should all be against it, whether or not we are gear-heads or casual automotive enthusiasts. You’ll note that I’ve never made even a remotely political comment here so your concerns (if that’s what they are) are unwarranted.

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