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UKRAINE: Hardship Tour – Lucian K. Truscott IV

 By: Lucian K. Truscott IV

There is a wonderful story in the New Yorker that you should definitely read: “How Ukrainians Saved Their Capital.”  By Luke Mogelson, it’s about the weeks he spent embedded with a battalion of volunteer medics called the Hospitallers in and around Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine.  It’s an amazing story.  The writing has the flat, matter of fact aspect of good war reporting – just the facts with little if any embellishment.  What descriptive flourishes there are emerge organically from individual scenes of the aftermath of shelling among the wounded and the dead. 

At one point early in the war, Mogelson is with a team of medics who have set up a “stabilization point” near an abandoned maternity hospital in the northern suburbs of Kyiv, which have been under heavy attack from Russian forces that arrived in the famed 40-mile convoy that had attempted to overrun Kyiv.  Ukrainian artillery and ambush patrols had held off the Russians, but the fighting was heavy.  Mogelson spent three days with the medics from the Hospitallers as they treated civilians and soldiers who had been wounded in the fighting.            Continue reading

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