Gavin Mortimer Gavin Mortimer

Why are British soldiers deserting to fight in Ukraine?

An unnamed Brit crosses the border into Ukraine to join the fight against Russia (Getty images)

When my brother was an infantry officer in the early 1990s the soldiers under his command were hard men. Most hailed from the north-east of England; in an earlier era they might have mined coal for a living. They smoked and drank and swore, and they were superb soldiers, as they proved in South Armagh and in Bosnia.

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