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How a small town in Ukraine stopped the Russians in their tracks

Andrew Harding describes the hastily assembled ‘Dad’s Army’ – and formidable babushka – who sensationally resisted the Russian advance on Voznesensk last year

29 July 2023

9:00 AM

29 July 2023

9:00 AM

A Small, Stubborn Town: Life, Death and Defiance in Ukraine Andrew Harding

Ithaka, pp.139, 12.99

The other day, John Simpson, He Who Cannot Be Removed From The BBC, tweeted something purportedly about Volodymyr Zelensky. What it was really about, though, was John Simpson – how many world leaders he had interviewed (200), over how long (more than 50 years), and who he most admired (Zelensky, Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel).

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