The wind whips across a narrow, sandy strait, carrying the salty smell of the Sea of Azov. Ukrainians stand in line, sometimes for hours, at the makeshift checkpoint separating mainland Ukraine from Russian-annexed Crimea.
One by one, they hand their passports to the border guards, who work out of an open shipping crate-turned-border-post.
9:05 AM, Jan. 28, 2019
“I’ve stood here in February with my 8-year-old son for two hours in slush…