A people in southern Russia who became aggressive warriors during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In place of taxes, they supplied the Russian Empire with scouts and mounted soldiers. The Cossacks are also famed for their dances, which feature fast-paced music and seemingly impossible leaps.
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How to use Cossacks in a sentence
“Unlike Berkut and the Cossacks, the Russian military treated us with almost exaggerated respect and care,” Butko pointed out.Ukrainian Women Kidnapped by Russians in Crimea Tell Their Tale | Anna Nemtsova | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There also appeared to be a few Cossacks and Russian-speaking militia.Ukrainian Women Kidnapped by Russians in Crimea Tell Their Tale | Anna Nemtsova | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Cossacks stood for freedom and individualism, and central Russia would do anything to keep them from spreading their ideals.
According to the politest version, the Cossacks replied: Thou Turkish Devil!
There are men referred to as Cossacks in Crimea; they carry whips to beat the rebel spirit out of the protestors.
The Cossacks, who had been dodging him, made a dash when they were within less than a hundred yards.
Each of these Cossacks carried a thick lance of some fifteen feet in length, and a heavy sabre.
The Cossacks advanced to meet us in like order, man for man, the steel of their long lances glittering in the sun.
The Cossacks came round our outposts, and the sky at night was reddened by the glare of their burnings.
When our skirmishers halted, the Cossacks commenced a fire of carabines from their line of vedettes, which was quite harmless.