Author: Aleksander Palikot / RFE/RL

KYIV – When Ukrainian soldiers tore a poster with the Russian flag from a billboard in Balakliya, a city in the Kharkiv region that was liberated on September 8, they unexpectedly revealed a poem by Ukraine’s foremost 19th-century poet, Taras Shevchenko, beneath. “Keep fighting – you are sure to win!” read the words of one...

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Ahead of Ukraine’s Independence Day on August 24 and six months after Russia launched its large-scale invasion of the country, opinion polls indicate growing unity on key issues among Ukrainians and a widespread unwillingness to make any territorial concessions to Moscow. “Ukrainians are united like never before, but it’s a hard-won unity,” Anton Hrushetskiy, deputy...

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KYIV – “Grenade!” As recently as last year, the shout would have been frighteningly out of place at Kyiv’s EBSH sports club – a gym like those in well-heeled neighborhoods worldwide, frequented by upwardly mobile members seeking to get fit, build muscle or lose weight, and perhaps get their weekly dose of adrenaline. These days,...

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