A few nights ago, on the BBC’s “Outside Source” program, the presenter asked Lyse Doucet, the station’s chief international correspondent, about the gold-domed Monastery of St Michael’s, the backdrop to so many of her harrowing bulletins from Kyiv. For just about the first time since the conflict started, Doucet’s face softened into a smile.
That the bells of St Michael’s ring on the hour comes as music to her ears. “Every time I hear them,” she said, “it reminds me of another time, and it sends a message right across this country, because across this country the monasteries are still standing. The bells, the bells, they toll for Ukraine…”
You would have to imagine that the members of the PGA of Ukraine will give a smile of the wistful variety when they look at the happy photograph of 23 of their 37 members at the head of their association’s website. Directly below, there is a heart-rendering plea for help from Jeffrey and Anna Vinall, two of their members who escaped Kyiv for Poland on 24 February and have since been supporting...
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