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Andrew Harding

A Small, Stubborn Town: Life, death and defiance in Ukraine 
In conversation with James Coomarasamy

Starts at: Saturday 04 November 7:15 PM
Finishes at: Saturday 04 November 8:15 PM
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Tickets: On Sale from Monday 31 July, 9:30 AM

Written by the seasoned and award-winning BBC foreign news correspondent, this is a real-life thriller about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. It’s March 2022 and Russian tanks are roaring across the vast, snow-dusted fields of Ukraine. Their destination is Voznesensk, a quiet farming town with a small bridge. The heavily armed Russians expect an easy fight or none at all; the town is full of pensioners.  But the locals have other ideas. Svetlana, a grandmother with arthritis, reacts in fury when Russian troops turn her cottage into their blood-soaked headquarters. Valentin joins the town's 'Dads Army' defenders, crouching in a trench with an AK47. Sergei grabs a Molotov cocktail and lies in wait for Russian tanks as they push towards Dead Water Bridge. The odds are terrible. But a plan is emerging which could change the course of the war.

Meanwhile, inside the tanks, Russian officer Igor Rudenko has a secret. He is Ukrainian

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