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Ukraine: Lviv Residents Revive Soviet...
Lviv, Ukraine
By Yura_Melko
19 Feb 2015

A group of Lviv locals have volunteered to clean up bomb-shelters that they hope could save lives in case the conflict reaches the west of Ukraine. Everyone stresses that they would never have believed that they'd be involved in such activities a year ago. None of them thought a war would come to Ukraine. This isn't the first shelter the volunteers have cleaned and restored, and restoring the rest of the region's bomb shelters is a daunting task. The Lviv region alone has over 160 shelters, most of them abandoned by the state since the break-up of the USSR. Although they are fully functional, most of the shelters have become cesspits full of rubbish and dirt. Besides cleaning up the underground concrete rooms, the volunteers have set up electricity and illumination to make the shelters more livable in case they should need to be used.

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Vigilantes Shame Parking Violators in...
Svobody Avenue, 24, L'viv, Lviv Oblast,Ukraine
By Yura_Melko
03 Jan 2015

“Let me pass by!” is the rallying cry of a group of young activists fighting for pedestrian space in Lviv, Ukraine. Every weekend the group of teenagers gather in the city centre not for fun, but to make a “Stop Kham”(“Stop-brute” in Ukranian) raid. They look for illegally parked cars and politely gang-up on drivers to try to convince them to get their vehicles off of sidewalks and out of crosswalks.

One of the heads of the movement, Roman Tymchyshyn, 17, says that more than half of drivers treat the movement positively and are willing to change parking spots. If a driver refuses to do so, activists put a “shame” sticker on their windshield. The main violators are taxi drivers who park their cars in intersections, on the sidewalk and even in bicycle lanes. Such people, according to Roman are the most dangerous. They treat “Stop kham” aggressively and consider the young activists to be hooligans who have nothing to do. On the other hand, taxi drivers claim that they have parked their cabs like that for a long time and rebuke the municipality for the lack of taxi parking spaces.

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300 Ukrainian soldiers come back to L...
Lviv
By Yura_Melko
12 Dec 2014

300 fighters – not Spartans, but Ukrainian soldiers of the 80th Airmobile Brigade returned home for furlough to the city of Lviv on December 13, 2014. Huge number of relatives and friends gathered near a military base checkpoint to greet them. Among those gathered were many minors and small children, despite below-zero temperatures. Some, however, remained at home and would see their fathers for the first time.

“I will meet my husband here, and at home our small 3-month old son is waiting for him,” Myroslava, a soldier's wife, said. “He was born without his father. I hope everything will be all right in Ukraine, and he will never go back to the East again.”

At seven in the evening, their scheduled arrival time, the soldiers were nowhere to be seen. But this delay wasn’t the only one. In fact, the solidiers had been dismissed 3 days earlier on December 10t, and all this time were dragged across Ukraine by railway.

“We were prepared to greet them tomorrow in the afternoon,” explains Natalia, a soldier’s sister, “but their coaches weren’t coupled to a passenger train. Instead they were dragged by a freight train, standing for hours and hours inn every single station. That’s why they got to Lviv only on the third day. It’s not normal, it’s mockery.”

These tensions dissipated quickly as shuttle busses packed with soldiers crossed the gates of the military base. Tears and joy mingled together as parents embraced their children, returned from the struggle for Ukraine. Others appeared to be not so lucky – they yell names running from one bus to another.

“I was always proud of my brother. He’s the best, he’s the hero, like everyone who’s arrived,” said Andrew, a combatant’s brother.

The soldiers themselves were extremely happy to be back home and to see their relatives. Every single soldier said that he would prefer not to go back to the Eastern Front, but many of them realize that this is not their last furlough.

“We have to go back, regardless of whether we want this or not,” Igor, a private in the Ukrainian army, said after embracing his girlfriend. “We still haven’t finished in the East.”

Seven precious days of furlough were ahead of them, but the combatants had already requested to compensate time lost during the transfer and to postpone their departure originally scheduled for December 20th.

The conflict between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government has been ongoing since April 2014, with the UN estimating that over 4,600 people have been killed in the fighting.

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Ukrainian Protests 11
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
06 Dec 2013

Inside of the tent of the anti-government protesters. The camp functions 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 5
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
06 Dec 2013

A camp of the anti-government protesters in the morning after night snowfall.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 10
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
06 Dec 2013

Inside the tent of the anti-government protesters. The camp functions 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 9
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
06 Dec 2013

Activist helping the medical service inside of tent of the anti-government protesters. The camp functions 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukraine Protests 8
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
06 Dec 2013

Activist inside of the tent of the anti-government protesters warming up cream which is suppose to be used for medical reasons. The camp functions 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 4
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
06 Dec 2013

A camp of the anti-government protesters at Plac Svobody called Lviv Euromaidan. Place is occupied by local students who are against the government policy on EU access.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 7
Ukraine,Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
05 Dec 2013

Inside the tent of the protesters at Euromaidan Lviv. Ivan, Anna Maria and Ola are students from Lviv.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 3
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
05 Dec 2013

A camp of the anti-government protesters in the morning after night snowfall.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 1
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
05 Dec 2013

Protesters gather around a brazier at Plac Svobody (Euromaidan Lviv) next to the Staue of T. Schewtschenko.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 6
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
05 Dec 2013

Inside the tent of the anti-government protesters. The camp funcitons 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 2
Ukraine,Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
05 Dec 2013

Crowd gathered at Plac Svobody (Euromaidan Lviv) during anti-government protests.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 14
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
05 Dec 2013

Inside the tent of the anti-government protesters. The camp functions 24/7 and students take shifts in running and guarding the camp and the press center.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 13
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

An improvised stand with national and oposition party symbols.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 16
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

A couple during anti-government parade at Plac Svobody.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 15
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

Young Ukrainians decorate their cars with flags of Ukraine and European union before a parade of cars with anti-govenment protesters at Plac Svobody.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 19
Ukraine, lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

Evening gathering of protesters at Plac Svobody.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 18
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

Crowd at public prayer at Plac Svobody called Lviv Euromaidan.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 17
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
04 Dec 2013

Crowd gathered at Plac Svobody (Euromaidan Lviv) during anti-government protests.
Lviv, Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Protests 20
Ukraine, Lviv
By Maciej Moskwa
03 Dec 2013

Evening gathering of protesters at Plac Svobody. Lviv, Ukraine.