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Noble sinners arouse our sympathy initially, but less so as our journey continues. — Dante Alighieri
Somewhere in the gaping void that is understanding continued liberation of Russia-occupied areas of the country there lie previously ignored linguistic possibilities of potential benefit to all. Zaporizhia is not one.
As we wrote on Day 10, it is a difficult place name to pronounce, especially if you add the second zh. This makes it notoriously inaccessible to monolingual laypeople who rely on low-frequency off camera stand-up comedy, e.g.
Conserve letters: Zaporizhia. There’s no good reason for double up “zhs.” Don’t repeat “ys” in surnames, except Zelenskyy — not Zelenskiy, Zelenskyi. Maybe just write Ze, or Z. The same goes for “is,” as in Iuliia [Mendel]. Her name is painful to look at, much less pronounce correctly, or even think about otherwise.
Lag times for photos/videos made by soldiers actually doing the fighting (which is always best, i.e. most informative) along the 600-km long front line will get shorter over the next couple of days and enhance our military situational awareness (which we have entrusted temporarily to Stefan and an army of milbloggers).
His latest post is about the Kakhovka dam catastrophe, with a photo of a wet woman holding a tramautized pet. Lots more of these pictures to come.
Yuri below talks for more than one hour about the Zaporizhia line, which will be in our heads for the rest of the summer as they close in on Melitopol. He complains about the national TV marathon, which I can’t bring myself to watch because I would get sick. I don’t think Yuri watches it either.
This dreamy picture of the still-swollen Dnipro near Pochtova Square yesterday morning got me thinking about urban renewal.
The current seems weaker than in previous years making this bend in the river look/feel like a big lake. Fishermen abound, as well as weird birds, including water turkeys diving for fish. I haven’t eyewitnessed any big catches so far this year. Vaporware kids still roam the embankments touching up their graffitti murals. Ziplines to Trukhanov Island start at UAH 200.
Same as last October.