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Why can’t Ukraine trademark the phrase: ‘Russian warship, go f**k yourself’?

13 March 2024

6:17 PM

13 March 2024

6:17 PM

Ukraine’s bravery and daring in the face of Russian aggression marks a stark contrast with European – or at least EU – lethargy and disinclination to take sides. A recent spat over, of all things, European trade mark law is a case in point.

In early 2022, a soldier on the desolate Snake Island in the Black Sea famously added to Ukrainian folklore by greeting the Russian cruiser Moskva, which had come to take over the island, with the words ‘Russian warship, go f**k yourself’.

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