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Conductor Herman Makarenko performs during an open-air concert named ‘Free Sky’ at Independence Square in central kyiv, Ukraine March 9, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A letter from Lviv: “We will win because we cannot lose”

Named after one of Ukraine’s most famous film and theater directors, Les Kurbas Academic Theater is housed in a five-story beige building, which looks less baroque than the rest of Lviv. Less than 300 meters from the city center, it has suspended its reception programs for Ukrainians fleeing the war started by Russia, which has now lasted for more than a month.

Founded in the 13th century, Lviv was named by the King of Ruthenia after his son Lev, which means lion. This is why it is locally called the city of the lion. Now, a month into the war, as Russia destroys Ukrainian towns, Lviv, which has been largely spared so far despite three explosions on the outskirts on Saturday, has become the entry point for the people in the country.

Missiles break the calm of Lviv and an opera

A safe haven offering passage for people seeking to enter or exit Ukraine, the city of Lviv was shaken from its lull on Saturday afternoon as at least five Russian missiles struck just east of the city , injuring five people.

The first of the blasts hit around 4.45pm, minutes after a public opera performance outside the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Lviv and featuring a singer from Kharkiv – the city that has been the target of the Russian invasion – was cut. short by overhead sirens.

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