In Bakhmut

Hugh Barnes watches a funeral on TV It was a Monday in September and all eyes were glued to a televised funeral. But the ceremony was taking place a thousand miles away from Westminster Abbey, at the National Opera House in Kyiv, mourning the loss of a 47-year-old Ukrainian ballet dancer. Oleksandr Shapoval, its principalContinue reading “In Bakhmut”

Smart bombs and dumb animals: Afghan war goes back to the future

By Hugh Barnes KABUL, 13 Nov 2001 (AFP) – The American spy had come to Afghanistan all kitted out for the first war of the 21st century, a rucksack bulging with hi-tech gadgets and gizmos – and then he jumped on his horse. Smart bombs and dumb animals have been the two main ingredients ofContinue reading “Smart bombs and dumb animals: Afghan war goes back to the future”