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Saturday, October 1, 2022

Sunrise in Odessa

Sunrise In Odessa | Reflections of A Special Forces Officer in the Ukraine | Edition 3: Dogs & Cats & Things That Make You...

Dogs & Cats & Things That Make You Go Hmm… Dear reader, I decided to write about some lighter subjects than the war for this article. I live it every day all day so a respite is needed on occasion. A Brown dog barked at me as I entered the hotel courtyard even though I had fed him and gave him bellyrubs several times. The three hotel cats immediately came up to me. This is Ukraine, where everything is in reverse, the dogs are standoffish and the cats are friendly. Dogs and cats are EVERYWHERE. It seems like every business, restaurant,...

Sunrise In Odessa | Reflections of A Special Forces Officer in the Ukraine | Edition 2: Biden’s Babies | Francis Marion |...

Sunrise In Odessa | Reflections of A Special Forces Officer in the Ukraine |  Edition 2:  Biden’s Babies | Francis Marion | An SOFX Original Article     “You must be Biden’s Babies,” said the Ukrainian soldiers at the checkpoint just outside of Odessa, Ukraine.  All of us paused for a second before laughing.  They wanted to know what the heck a group of military age guys from the Baltics, New Zealand, Canada, and America were all doing here.  We get that question a lot. While that question is interesting, and I will talk about it shortly, I always want to know the...

Sunrise in Odessa | Reflections of a Special Forces Officer in The Ukraine | Edition 1: “Orcs & Squats” | Francis Marion |...

100 squats. That is one of the unofficial punishments for violating curfew in Kiev.  On the other extreme is an immediate draft notice for the Ukrainian Army. That is Ukraine today. A surrealness of trying to maintain normality amongst the horrors of war. The line of trucks to cross the border from Poland in Ukraine went on for over 20 minutes. My bus, with a barely functioning air conditioning was packed with women, kids, and me since all Ukrainian men 18-60 are not allowed to leave the country.  It took us two hours to cross the border and all the...