‘Russian warship, go f*** yourself’: what happened next to the Ukrainians defending Snake Island?

Posted on AllSides March 16th, 2023
From The Left
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In his 12 years in the frontier service, Bohdan Hotskiy saw many wild places. He thought his home, Ukraine, was the most beautiful country in the world: it had sea and mountains, forests and steppes, marshes and lakes. All was perfect, and so complete that Hotskiy – a 29-year-old captain – never felt the inclination to go abroad. Why bother? “We have everything,” he tells me when we meet in the Ukrainian town of Izmail, close to the border with Romania.

It is high summer. We sit outside on a bench...

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