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Soldiering on amid the despair

The city of Lviv in western Ukraine is over 1,000km away from the front lines of the Russian invasion – and so markets and restaurants are open, babies are born, and life, defiantly, goes on

Happy day: Life goes on in Lviv despite the war and threat of missile attacks

A blonde woman in black boots aims the barrel of an assault rifle at Vladimir Putin’s face. She pops off several shots while onlookers laugh and smile. The lady lowers the gun and grins, observing the damage she has inflicted on the Kremlin leader. His forehead and cheeks are peppered with holes.

Putin’s face is merely a graphic on a piece of paper, a target pinned to a board. The weapon is a toy and ...