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With solidarity, apathy and a few songs, Ukraine’s Unity Day reflects a weary nation

By Steve Hendrix, Isabelle Khurshudyan

16 Feb 2022 · 5 min read

Ukrainians woke up on not knowing if February 16, 2022 was to be a date that would live in infamy. Or maybe in unity. Or maybe it would mark just another day of the grinding geopolitical intrigue they have been enduring for months.

For most, the day - which some breathless commentators had all-but declared to be the date for Russian tanks to roll into Ukraine - felt just like an ordinary Wednesday.

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