Why all the stamping around, Void? You can find out, if you’re prepared, by looking at the solution image. Clue explainers in the following video, then a few more words after that.
(Yes, I said “words” when I meant “letters” at one point. And yes, I made a late edit to one of the clues after I’d recorded this video, but 15a still works essentially the same way. And I made a typo in the fill of 14d. *sigh* Going well, isn’t it?)
This news page should clear up any uncertainties you may have had about 1 across, with the secret message “here” meaning within the grid (see solution image). There’s a mythological Achilles connection to Snake Island too.
Faced with geopolitical issues that are so big you don’t know what to do about them, sometimes all you can do is make a gesture. Zelenskyy said…
Every evening Ukraine's President #Zelenskyy addresses his nation. Tonight for the first time, he did it in English. Calling on people everywhere to show their solidarity "Come out of your offices and homes, show your support to the Ukrainian people" #UkraineRussiaWar pic.twitter.com/iJaRQlvWnF
— Yalda Hakim (@BBCYaldaHakim) March 23, 2022
… so, here, I #StandWithUkraine.
There’s a Bill Hicks quote about looking around, but maybe I’ll leave you with this one from him: [re missiles:] “…but couldn’t we feasibly use that same technology to shoot food to hungry people? Know what I mean?”
Русский военный корабль, иди на хуй