“Europe sold us out, Americans are b***rds.” — Marat Bagdasarov

Mykolaiv, Ukraine – Surrounded by a crowd cleaning up the debris caused by another Russian missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, Marat Bagdasarov cannot contain his outrage.

“Europe sold us out, Americans are b***rds,” said the pensioner.

“We asked them to close the sky but they didn’t,” he said, referring to Ukraine’s unmet demand to Western nations to impose a no-fly zone following Russia’s invasion.

“Why? Traitors. To protect their children?”

A few weeks ago, there were nearly half a million people in Mykolaiv, a major shipbuilding centre east of Odesa, Ukraine’s third-largest city and major port hub.

Today few are left, and they have to rely on handouts as there is no more drinkable water. With the economy at a standstill, people are selling whatever they own, some to pay their utility bills. Even then, there are hardly any buyers.


Ukraine’s Mykolaiv on edge amid fears of a new Russian assault

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