Author: Bohdan Sereda

LVIV – The Ukrainian folk-rap musical group Kalush Orchestra won the Euro­vision song contest held in Turin, Italy, on May 15 with a performance that concluded with a call to help Ukrainian soldiers who have been stranded defending the besieged port city of Mariupol. “I ask all of you, please help Ukraine, Mariupol. Help Azovstal...

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LVIV – Leaders of western countries have made trips to Ukraine. In May alone, Kyiv hosted U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel and Germany Foreign Affairs Minister Annalena Baerbock. Some world leaders have made surprise visits, emerging before the press after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr...

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LVIV – Following Ukraine’s victory in a fierce and pitched battle to take the Ukrainian capital, the staffs of nearly three dozen foreign diplomatic missions have over the past week returned to their embassies in Kyiv. Those staffs first moved to Lviv and later fled from Ukraine after Russia launched an unprovoked full-scale war on the country on February 24. Ukrainian authorities have said they believe the return of foreign diplomatic missions to Kyiv is a positive sign for the country that the threat of the Russian military capturing the capital has passed. That said, they remain vigilant about Russian…

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LVIV – Since Russia launched its full-scale war on Ukraine on February 24, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people from the east of the country have sought temporary refuge in Ukraine’s west. While some have passed through Lviv on their way to the Polish border just over 40 miles away, others have sought to stay in Ukraine but find refuge in the country’s west, finding temporary shelter in smaller towns. But, according to Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, some 200,000 internally displaced Ukrainians have decided to stay in the city of lions. With an increased demand for apartments in…

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LVIV – Russian missiles struck the western part of Lviv on the morning of April 18, killing seven people and injuring 11 others, among them a child, officials here said. Maksym Kozytskyi, the head of the Lviv Regional Military Administration, said four missiles struck Lviv. Three of the missiles hit military targets, but one missile struck a car service station. An air raid siren first sounded an alarm throughout the city at 7:44 a.m. local time on the morning of the attack, according to residents here. At around 8:30 a.m. local time in Lviv, this correspondent woke after hearing several…

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LVIV – Negotiators representing Ukraine and Russia met in Istanbul for a round of largely unfruitful peace talks on March 29. While Ukrainian negotiators set out their vision of a possible peace treaty, including security guarantees and possible compromises, no documents were signed and the two delegations returned to their capitals for further consultations. While...

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LVIV – Throughout the launch of Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine on February 24, the country’s western regions were largely considered to be relatively safe. Until March 13, the region had seen only one previous missile strike, and it occurred outside of the city center. But the overarching feeling of safety here was shaken when...

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