Kyiv keeping calm and carrying on even as Kremlin boosts pressure on Ukraine

12/16/21
 
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from The Washington Post,
12/16/21:

To understand how many people in Ukraine’s capital are dealing with Russian threats, a visit to Kyrylo Kislyakov’s basement bar offers some good lessons.

The vibe is chill. The drinks are flowing. And the whole place is designed to turn into a bunker if war suddenly sweeps into Kyiv.

U.S. and Ukrainian officials for the past month have raised alarm over Russia massing significant forces — and perhaps preparing for a fresh offensive — along its border with Ukraine. Russia dismisses the worries as Western fearmongering, but has strongly warned that it would never accept a major region realignment such as Ukraine becoming a NATO member.

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