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Philadelphia's Ukrainian diaspora puts a unique spin on holiday classic in solidarity with Ukraine

The Ukrainian community in Philadelphia is the second-largest in the United States. As members of the diaspora celebrated the holidays with a special Ukrainian version of “The Nutcracker,” they reflected on a year of worry and solidarity.

Philadelphia's Ukrainian diaspora puts a unique spin on holiday classic in solidarity with Ukraine
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'Every story here is a tragedy': Lviv hospitals adjust to a drawn-out war 

'Every story here is a tragedy': Lviv hospitals adjust to a drawn-out war 
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'Knowledge has become our weapon': Ukrainian children return to school amid war

'Knowledge has become our weapon': Ukrainian children return to school amid war
The World's Daniel Ofman speaks with Lviv Mayor Andriy Ivanovych Sadovyi about how he's helping his city prepare for a long winter amid the ongoing war with Russia. 

‘Never give up’: Lviv mayor prepares for long winter amid ongoing war with Russia 

‘Never give up’: Lviv mayor prepares for long winter amid ongoing war with Russia 
Hundreds of thousands of displaced people have ended up in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, near the Polish border, where prefabricated homes have become a fast and affordable way for the city to house refugees.

Modular housing in Ukraine provides shelter — and hope — for internally displaced people

Modular housing in Ukraine provides shelter — and hope — for internally displaced people
An apartment building that holds families from some of Ukraine's most devastated communities: bombarded Karkhiv near the Russian border, obliterated Irpin, and Kyiv, the capital itself, in Lviv, western Ukraine, Sunday, April 3, 2022. 

Lviv rents skyrocket as displaced Ukrainians scramble for housing 

Rent prices in the western city of Lviv have nearly quadrupled in some cases since the war began, making it very difficult for displaced people fleeing war to find stable, affordable housing. 

Lviv rents skyrocket as displaced Ukrainians scramble for housing 
A man walks next to heavily damaged buildings and destroyed cars following Russian attacks in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, May 24, 2022.

Ukrainian doctors train for the possibility of a chemical attack from Russia

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, medical workers have been concerned about the possibility of Russia using chemical agents against civilians. That hasn’t happened yet (none on official record) but a Syrian American nongovernmental organization is helping Ukrainian medical workers prepare for the worst.

Ukrainian doctors train for the possibility of a chemical attack from Russia
A woman walks past the Museum of the History of Religion in Lviv, western Ukraine, March 4, 2022. Workers are assembling metal containers in the patio at the museum to safely store the remaining items before placing them in basements in case the Russian i

A race against time to preserve Lviv’s cultural treasures

In the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and on the east of the country, museums and churches have already been targeted as Moscow escalates its bombardment of civilian areas. Meanwhile, the residents of Lviv race to ensure their city does not suffer the same fate.

A race against time to preserve Lviv’s cultural treasures
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The Ukrainian city of Lviv is a sanctuary. But a humanitarian crisis is deepening.

The western city of Lviv is regarded as one of the safest parts of Ukraine, at least for now. On the first day of the invasion, an airport 80 miles southeast to Lviv was bombed by Russian forces but no fighting has occurred in the city itself.

The Ukrainian city of Lviv is a sanctuary. But a humanitarian crisis is deepening.
A line of men are shown wearing Ukrainian military fatigues and holding flag poles.

Military tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine started more than seven years ago when Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimean Peninsula. Now, the two countries are at war in eastern Ukraine. The so-called “frozen conflict” has heated up again. Fighting is escalating in eastern Ukraine despite a ceasefire, and there have been reports of military buildup in Crimea and on the Russian side of the border. Host Carol Hills speaks with Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the commanding general of the US Army in Europe until 2017.

Military tension between Russia and Ukraine escalates
Visitors to the new Space of Synagogues memorial place stones in remembrance of the dead in Lviv, Ukraine on Sept. 4.

Why Ukraine’s newest Holocaust memorial is so important

The Space of Synagogues memorial comes at a time when Ukraine attempts both to sort out its national identity and commemorate its Jewish past. Neither effort has been straightforward.

Why Ukraine’s newest Holocaust memorial is so important
Elmaz and her husband, Timur Barotov, refugees from Crimea who now live in Lviv, Ukraine

One year after the Russian takeover, refugees from Crimea share their stories

It’s been a year since Russia took over the Crimean region of Ukraine, sending thousands of people fleeing their homes. Among them are many Crimean Tatars, who have found surprisingly vibrant new lives in the city of Lviv, Ukraine.

One year after the Russian takeover, refugees from Crimea share their stories

War, religious-themed restaurants in Ukraine spark controversy

Yurko Nazaruk opened a restaurant in Lviv, Ukraine that is designed to look like the sort of underground bunkers used by insurgents during World War II. It was so successful he opened one that's themed after the country's Jewish community, all but wiped out during the war, Lviv-born writer Leopold van Sacher Masoch, who lent his name to masochism. But not everyone is pleased.

War, religious-themed restaurants in Ukraine spark controversy

Slideshow: Ukraine's Controversial Theme Restaurants

An entrepreneur in Lviv, Ukraine has opened themed bars and restaurants which have provoked much criticism. Many regard them as offensive.

Slideshow: Ukraine's Controversial Theme Restaurants