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Women sing traditional Ukrainian music at an Epiphany celebration on Komsomolska Island. Some rights reserved by Peter Haden

Borderland speech

In early March the Ukrainian men’s national soccer team played a match against the United States. Scheduled long before the political upheaval in Ukraine, the game (moved to Cyprus for security reasons) began as usual with the playing of national anthems. The members of the Ukrainian team stood with their arms wrapped around each other and sang the Ukrainian national anthem in Ukrainian. Later, at a press conference the coach spoke about Ukrainian unity and solidarity—in Russian.


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